What does it take to become successful? We often see people who appear to have it all together. They drive the nice car, live in a fancy house and have the 6 figure income. Does this mean success? Is success much more than status and high living standards? What does it mean to become successful? To each person this definition is different. Here are 10 strategies on how to become successful.
- 1 . Write down your goals
Writing down your goals is crucial if you are serious about becoming successful. What is it that you want to accomplish? According to research, you are 42 % more likely to accomplish your goals if you write them down. A good tip is to get a piece of paper, write down your short-term and long-term goals. Prioritize those goals and have a reason WHY you want to accomplish those goals. The WHY has to be strong and meaningful.
- 2 . Develop good habits
Most of the things you do every day are the result of habits. Your mind is on autopilot and you do things without thinking about it. Develop good habits into your daily life so you better yourself in personal development. For example, instead of waking up in the afternoon, wake up early at 7:00 so you have an early start to the day. Repeat this until it becomes a habit. Successful people have good habits and remember, tomorrow is a new day. It's never too late to start something new.
- 3 . Read at least 1 hour a day
Reading is food for the mind. If you study successful people such as Bill Gates, he reads at least 1 hour a day. Reading is a habit of successful people. I recommend reading personal development books and biographies of successful people. Reading doesn't stop after school. Pick up a book and start reading something. It's a good habit to get into.
- 4 . Limit television, movies, and video games to less than 1 hour a day
What's more comforting than good television, movies, and video games? Sure this is all nice and entertaining, though is it all that productive? Think of it like this, would Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or any other successful person spend hours on all of this? I found that cutting out these forms of entertainment helped me become more focused and productive in life.
- 5 . Don't give up
It's nice to start a project and gain momentum in the beginning. It's difficult to complete something 100 % even if there is little to no reward. Don't give up on your goals and dreams. No matter how hard it gets, successful people never quit. This goes back to your WHY. WHY do you want to do this? A strong WHY will help you when accomplishing a goal gets hard.
- 6 . Build a network
Networking is crucial if you want to become successful. For example, as a writer on Steem, join sub-communities on Steemit and discord servers. Meet new people, socialize and share valuable content. Remember to have fun and not take life too seriously. What would Bill Gates do if he was on Steemit?
- 7 . Time management
Successful people have good time management skills. There are 24 hours in a day and about 1/3rd of it is used for sleeping. Prioritize the important tasks in life and cut out the unimportant tasks. Go back to your list of goals and see what you can do today. I recommend reading the book “80/20 Your Life! By Damon Zahariades.” It helps with time management and saving time in the day to day tasks.
- 8 . Listen to Jim Rohn videos
One of my favorite speakers is Jim Rohn. He talks a lot about personal development. Successful people surround themselves with other uplifting and positive individuals. I’ve learned quite a bit from spending hours listening to his videos. Search for “Jim Rohn” on Youtube.
- 9 . Study successful people
One of the best and quickest way to know how to become successful is to study successful people. What is it that successful people do on a daily basis versus other people? Read about successful people and their habits. A good example of a successful person is Elon Musk.
- 10 . Work hard
Success is a process and is difficult to achieve. Work hard and become an above average person. A lot of people don’t achieve success because they put in the average effort and give up. Albert Einstein once said “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” If you want to become a major success in life, you have to be focused, disciplined, hard-working and become an above average individual.
Now that we have the 10 strategies, what to do next? For starters, I would recommend taking action on the first and second strategies and that is to write down your goals and develop good habits. Next, feel free to leave a comment and discuss some of your philosophies about what it means to become successful. Until next time.