Success is a word learned early on and is measured from school-aged children through college and adulthood. Understanding that “success” may look different to different people is essential for discussions about the word.
Even if you don’t feel successful, you can adopt successful behaviors that will help you find your success. Here are 7 of the most important ones:
1-Know What Success Means
A common trait among successful people is knowing and understanding what success means. Most people know that success does not mean the same thing to everyone, so defining what it means to you is essential.
While for some people, success means having the astronomical paycheck that can afford the “bigger than your neighbor’s” house, vehicle, vacation, and so on; for others, it may mean something different.
Many people enjoy the thought of getting an education and starting a career that will lead them to a high-paying position. The position typically comes with a feeling of accomplishment and success and allows them to purchase almost anything they want.
But success could just mean being able to pay your bills, buy groceries, and have the occasional low-cost vacation with your family. People who have struggled financially may define success in different ways from others who have not struggled.
Success may mean that you are in a career you absolutely love and would not dream of being anywhere else, even though it doesn’t pay as well as you would like it to. You may have had to work through many jobs that made you unhappy until you found one that’s precisely what you’ve always wanted.
The bottom line is that successful people, no matter what their circumstances, can deem themselves successful if they have reached the goals they set for themselves. Successful people know exactly what success means to them, and they go after it with everything they have.
2- Set Goals
Successful people set goals for themselves. Then they work as hard as possible to achieve them, no matter what it takes. It’s often said that true success comes from the combination of both heart and hard work. Setting goals can help you keep focused on what’s important to you and is a successful behavior you can easily adopt.
When setting goals, a common misconception is that they have to be larger than life to mean anything. But the best goals are often smaller ones that you can set on your way to your larger goals, but that allow you to have success along the way.
Yes, it is important to have those larger-than-life goals for yourself. It is also essential to create stepping stones to help you not get discouraged because the ultimate goal might be taking too long to achieve.
Most successful people recommend sitting down at the beginning of the year, or at a moment when you feel motivated, and creating at least one massive goal for yourself. Then create a plan to reach that goal. The plan can include major stepping stones that are then broken down into smaller chunks.
Once you have your stepping stones, take them one at a time until all of your stepping stones lead you to your ultimate goal.
3- Surround Yourself with the Right People
You have probably heard that you should surround yourself with positive, uplifting people who are also passionate about their own goals. Doing this allows you to reap the rewards of their positivity and turn it into good feelings about your own life.
Motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
The people you spend the most time with shape who you are. They determine what conversations dominate your attention. They affect which attitudes and behaviors you are regularly exposed to. Eventually you start to think like they think and behave like they behave. This is also true about people in the working world.
If you define success by the big paycheck, large house, and expensive cars, then you probably should surround yourself with career individuals who agree with this mentality. At the same time, if you define success in other ways, then find those people who feel the same way.
Keeping yourself surrounded by the right people is crucial to your life’s ultimate outcome. The right people will always be on your side, encourage you to reach for the stars, and keep you moving forward.
4- Always Keep Learning
Successful people know the value of being lifelong learners. They know that it is virtually impossible to know everything about everything, so they keep themselves open to learning new things every day.
The most vulnerable yet powerful statement you can make is, “I don’t know, but I can find out.” This shows others that you know where your weaknesses lie, but you are not willing to let shortcomings define who you are. You are eager to go above and beyond to find the information needed to solve the problem.
Successful people are always reading. Whether it is about their industry, news stories, or other things, they know the importance of gaining more knowledge. They read and engage in learning as a part of their daily routine
If you spend about 30 minutes or more a day reading something, anything, you’ll increase your knowledge exponentially over a year. This doesn’t mean that you must always be reading only industry material. Reading for pleasure also allows you to gain specific knowledge you did not have before.
5- Learn from Failure
Even the most successful people in the world have failed at some point in their lives. The difference between these people and others is that they became prosperous through the failures they once experienced.
When you attempt to accomplish something, it is natural that you may fail at it the first time, or even several times after that. The best thing you can do for yourself is pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try until you succeed. This is one of the most important successful behaviors you can adopt.
It is essential to understand that trying until you succeed does not necessarily mean that you try in the same way as before. You have probably heard the old adage – “Doing something the same way and expecting different results is insanity.” Successful people reflect after failing to understand why it did not work, and then focus on reworking the problem to find a better solution.
If you are genuinely passionate about the goal you have set for yourself, you won’t allow any roadblocks to slow you down. Failure is just a learning experience. Learn from the failure and then find a way to move forward.
You’ve most likely heard people say the phrase, “Failure is not an option.” While this statement is bold and has its place, it is not a way to live your life. Failure is the way to grow and get stronger, until you finally reach the goals you set for yourself.
6- Prioritize Your Tasks
Succeeding with goals often means not putting off until tomorrow what you can do now. One of the biggest obstacles with people trying to find success is getting distracted when other things come up that take their attention away from work.
Successful people understand that prioritizing their tasks is the only way to ensure their work is completed every day. Knowing what tasks to prioritize starts with understanding which are more urgently needed.
You may find it helpful to create a to-do list each day either on paper, a post-it note, or on your computer or other device. Making a list means that you can physically mark it off when it’s finished, thus giving you small successes throughout the day. And that can help you keep going when it might not look like anything is progressing.
When deciding which tasks should get priority, you can typically classify them as urgent (high), normal, or low priority. It’s essential to take the time to define each of these categories, so you know what type of task should go in each category.
If you are running a business, you need to have a list of money-making tasks that need to be done in order to bring in revenue. Many solopreneurs fail to prioritize those tasks because they aren’t, perhaps, as immediately satisfying as other activities. But if you intend to make money with your business, they need to be your priority.
Once you know that you have tasks that need to be done that day, following a priority list can help you quickly put them in the correct order. Doing this can keep you focus throughout the day, so you can easily accomplish the things that need to be taken care of.
7- Delegate and Outsource
One of the most important things many people struggle with is time management, or figuring out how to fit everything into one workday. In some cases, some tasks have to be put off until the next day.
Successful people know the value of delegating responsibilities and outsourcing services. Both of these are time savers that allow them to focus their attention on other, more important tasks.
When you are bogged down with responsibilities, you must learn to delegate some of them. Successful people typically know the strengths and weaknesses of the people they work with, in order to delegate the right tasks to the right people.
When you hire an agency or virtual assistant to provide a service, you save yourself time that you can then spend in other areas (such as money-making tasks).
Outsourcing is a way to delegate responsibilities to outside sources that can handle them without disrupting your workflow. These types of companies provide services from email management to freelance writing.
When it comes to saving time by focusing on areas that are higher priority, it can be helpful to think outside the box. What tasks MUST be done by YOU? Then delegate the rest. Delegating and outsourcing are things that successful people do to create more time within their day.
Overall, successful people typically have several habits in common that help them achieve goals they make for themselves.
These habits or successful behaviors set them up for success and create ways to go through their day focused on what is essential.
If you want to become more successful, reach more goals, and increase your results, consider embracing the seven successful behaviors found here.
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