Everyone wants to be successful. Whether it is getting good grades at school, getting a promotion at work, or selling your first novel, success is always something we strive for. Yet, success is different for everyone.
Like Kanye West, an American rapper and fashion designer, once said, “I refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me. As if there’s a one size fits all standard for happiness.”
As he stated, happiness and success are things that we all perceive differently, and while a loving wife and beautiful kids may be one person’s ultimate goal, for someone else it can be completely different.
However, despite these differences, there are still good habits you can incorporate into your daily life that will help you on your road to achieving success. Below are seven habits of successful people who have strived for and achieved greatness.
1. Plan Your Day
The first thing you should know about successful people is that they always know what they are doing. They plan out their next day beforehand, and even if things don’t go as planned, they can adjust and adapt. To become successful, you should also always know why you are doing what you are doing. When successful people do something, they always remember why. By remembering your why, you can plant the seeds of success and fight back when you face challenges as you grow.
2. Prioritize Your Health
This is often a big misconception about successful people. We are used to thinking that everyone who has ever achieved something great, has had to sacrifice something else. This something else is usually thought to be their well-being, but it’s not true.
Most successful people prioritize their health. They know that if they don’t feel well, they won’t be able to work as hard to achieve their dream. Overworking yourself will often not yield the results you think it will. Sometimes it is necessary to take a break and rest and then come back with a fresh mind and fresh attitude.
3. Set Yourself Goals
Successful people tend to be highly motivated. To stay so, they set themselves goals that they will be working towards. Maybe you have lived in poverty for most of your life and you want to finally change that. Or maybe you want people to recognize your genius and accept your creations. Or maybe you just simply want to become the boss in the company you are working for. No matter what you choose, you should always remember that this is your aim and all of your actions should be helping you get closer to it.
4. Keep Learning
Believe it or not, but successful people are that way not because they stay in one place, but because they constantly develop themselves. Successful people are always learning, they are constantly educating themselves on different matters, and perfecting their skills.
One way you can educate yourself is by reading books. Anything from classics to modern literature can help you grow. Another way is to learn is through language. Often learning languages can help expand your world views and open up your perspective. You can learn a language by using various studying materials or ask your existing ones to be translated by an online localization service such as The Word Point and then study the texts and compare them to the original.
In addition to that, try to analyze different kinds of media because they are a reflection of our society. From songs to movies to paintings – all of these are a reaction to our world and what is happening in it.
5. Change The Way You Think
To become a successful person, you should first learn to think like one. Successful people are:
Persistent: They always keep doing what needs to be done even if they are failing. They know that they should reach a certain goal and they won’t stop until they reach it.
Self-Confident: They believe in themselves. They are confident in their actions and they know what they are doing.
Generous: They are willing to give, not only to take. If someone needs help, they will be there for that person.
Self-Disciplined: They possess a lot of willpower. Even in the hardest of time, they can keep moving.
Honest: They are honest with everyone and don’t try to manipulate people. They know how to get others to trust them.
Optimistic: They think positively. When they find themselves in a bad situation, the first thing they do is try to look on the bright side of it.
Flexible: They can always adapt to new circumstances. They are very flexible and can withstand all kinds of situations.
6. Reach Out To People
Successful people always try to be people-oriented. They know the value of connections and constantly establish new ones. They maintain strong and lasting relationships with both their close friends and family and their colleagues.
To become successful, you must understand that you won’t be able to do it all on your own. Behind every successful person, there is always a helping hand. It becomes vital to acknowledge the fact that you will need as much help and support along your journey as you can get.
A good way to always keep in touch with those you befriended is to follow them on social media. This is what I do myself. On such platforms as LinkedIn or Facebook, you can add friends and text with them from time to time to make sure your connection doesn’t fade. And when the time comes, this will let you ask them for help when you most need it.
7. Take Risks & Act
Last but not least, successful people are always the ones taking calculated risks. They are people of action who would rather do than sit and think. Instead of trying to imagine all of the possible ways something may go wrong, they start acting and figure out the solution to their problems on the spot.
If you keep waiting for the right moment and don’t start, you will never be able to achieve success. People of action are the ones that get things done, not those who sit around.
All in all, you can never know how fate will treat you. Whether you will simply get lucky and get what you want, or your success will be a result of years of hard work. But what you can do to speed it up, is to use these techniques and make them your habits. Success is only achieved by those who are seeking it.