When it comes to success, it’s said that there is no one sure method. Each of us will have his own challenges and journey, and our own strategies in becoming successful. But success is also a choice that we make. How successful we become depends on how we respond to situations, how we set our mind on our goals and the things we do to slowly get to where we want to be.
Even simple habits play a significant role in achieving our dreams; even the smallest things we do can leave a huge impact on the outcome of our actions. If you are wondering how some of the most successful people reach the top, here are some of the things you can keep in mind when climbing up your ladder of success.
Identify your priorities
So you already know what you want and where you want to be. But knowing all those things won’t matter when you don’t mark the steps that you need to take and set your priorities. Identifying which are the things you need to do to achieve your dreams is vital to your success. There will be other things along the way that could hinder you from getting closer to your goals, but if you have set your priorities ahead, it could help you avoid losing track of your direction.
Keep a clearly defined to-do list
Writing down a list of things you need to do provides you with something that is visible and tangible (although it’s just a piece of paper). This can motivate you to actually put things into action – then as you slowly check or cross out certain items on your list, you will have this feeling of gratification and satisfaction. In a way, this pushes you to keep going until everything you need to get done actually gets done. Remember, every checkmark on your list gets you closer to achieving your goal.
Work outside your comfort zone
A comfort zone provides you an environment where you are completely allowed to be carefree, lenient and easy-going with the things you are doing. When working on your goals, your comfort zone is not exactly the best place for you. With all the comfort and cosiness it provides, you will have a greater tendency to pass up on tasks, which results in delays. It can be tempting for you to just set your priorities aside in exchange for a less productive time.
This does not pertain to the physical space you are in when working. It also includes the choice of people you deal with – you can expand your connections by meeting new people, trying out new ideas, or exploring other strategies that you normally wouldn’t do.
Deadlines can increase pressure and while being under pressure seems a bad notion to most, in reality, pressure drives us to put more effort in what we do. Giving yourself deadlines not only allows you to get something done, but more importantly, lets you get things done with a better output.
Distractions can eat up a lot of your time and a lot of time away from the things that you could be doing to achieve your goals. Successful people do not let distractions get in the way of the most important tasks they need to complete. Once in a while these distractions are inevitably entertained, but it has to be in a controlled manner. Limiting your screen time and sticking to your to-do list will help you improve your progress and allow you to get more things done.
Some say multitasking is a talent, but multitasking is actually another form of distraction. When you are doing several things at one time, contrary to what most believe, you get fewer tasks done. Because you are not completely focused, the quality of your work may also be affected.
Learning before doing
Taking risks is an essential part of being successful, but one should also be sure that it is a calculated risk. That is, before acting or making decisions, you first have to keep yourself knowledgeable about the things and risks involved. While taking risks means there will always be a possibility that the outcome will not be in your favour, that risk is minimised if you first pay attention to the things you need to learn before jumping into the water.
Take a Break
Dedication and perseverance make your success sweeter. Yet to remain being productive, pausing and taking a break once in a while is also healthy. Overworking yourself and putting too much pressure can only strain your efforts and prevent you from moving forward. Sometimes pushing yourself too hard without halting for some rest can put your output at risk. Taking a break does not mean stopping your progress, but simply re-energising yourself so you can put more effort into your work, so whenever you need to take a break, grab the opportunity.