Here are 10 strategies to help you achieve success
These Ten Strategies for Success are only a few of the many reasons why human beings achieve incredible feats.
Knowing what you want to achieve is the very beginning of any march to success. Attitude, an inquisitive mind open to new ideas and a persistent effort are all worth bringing along.
These strategies are not the complete package required to achieve the success that you have defined for yourself.
Many others can be added to this list, however, it is my opinion that a good grasp of these techniques will carry you far in the direction that you have chosen to explore.
#1 Success does not happen overnight
One of the main reasons for achieving success is persistence. To persist is to endure in the face of opposition. Many people give up too soon. They give up often when they are so near to the doors of success.
The stories of people trying and giving up too early are enough to fill a book. Whether it is an exercise class, a new diet, or a new hobby, do not give up too early because you do not see the results that you want right away. Many want to achieve success immediately. Their big mistake is in their thinking.
They are comparing their success to the person they want to become and not focusing on all the wonderful progress that they have already made. We’ve all heard the expression, “Rome was not built in a day”!
If you never exercise and have gained over 30 pounds since the 10 years you left university, it’s unrealistic to expect to lose 30 pounds in the next 30 days. Do not set unrealistic goals and expect to achieve them with little or no effort.
Do not wait until you get to the end of your journey to celebrate. Enjoy the small victories along the way. Do not be frustrated and impatient or look for shortcuts to avoid the effort necessary to achieve your goals.
#2 Do not give up after your first failure
Some people believe that if they failed once, they will fail again, so why should they bother trying.
Failing is part of the process required to achieve success. The journey to success is littered with failure. The stories of all the great achievers are often full of failure. They spend years and years in failure and often ridicule as they march forward towards their goals.
Giving up is a learned behavior. If you always try and give up, soon you will believe that your next attempt will result in failure. Change the way you think about failure. You must see failure as unacceptable.
The world’s top athletes, in all major sports, do not achieve overnight success. They spend years of practice honing their skills. It has been proven time and again, that persistent effort always wins over talent and intelligence.
Failure is an opportunity to learn. Develop a plan and focus on improving your skills, and never ever give up. Period.
#3 Do not be envious of other people’s success
Create your own definition of success and focus on your strengths. Do not live someone else’s dreams but celebrate their accomplishments. This will rid your mind of the negative thoughts that breed jealousy and resentment.
Do not compare yourself to others or imagine how wonderful their lives are. Focus on your dreams and accomplishments and you won’t have the time to resent other people’s successes. Learn to cooperate instead of always competing to be the best.
Let others enjoy their achievements as well, and this will enable you to grow and become stronger. Find the best methods to work on your dreams and learn that everyone’s journey to success is unique and unlike your own.
Adjust your attitude a bit, and stop believing that you’re not getting a fair shake. Remind yourself often, of your accomplishments and this will chase the green monster of jealousy away.
#4 Do not fear change
Recognize that your path to success will be littered with obstacles. This will make you very uncomfortable. To surmount these obstacles and this discomfort, you need to be more adaptable. You have to keep an open mind so that you can change strategies when it is required.
If you have to change your methods, do it slowly, a little bit at a time. Set goals for yourself but make them realistic goals so that you don’t set yourself up for failure.
At first, we are unaware of the need to change. Then we realize that we have to change but we don’t know how. Once you agree that you have to change, prepare a plan on how to go about it. Put your plan into action and keep working at maintaining this plan.
#5 Don’t try to please everyone
When you are always trying to please everyone you are not pleasing yourself. Do not assume that everyone needs your help.
Learn to be assertive and learn to say no, not now, or maybe never. Say these sentences aloud to yourself, when you are alone. Sometimes you have other things that are more important.
You must learn to take care of yourself as well. Get involved in an exercise program, one that you like. Walking alone, at a park or along a lake or river can relax your mind so that you can become comfortable with your thoughts.
By realizing that you don’t have to make everyone happy, you’ll be more relaxed and less stressed.
Your confidence will grow and you’ll have more time and energy to spend on your own life. Understand and appreciate who you are and accept that you do not always have to go along with the crowd.
This will rid you of the “doormat” mentality and boost your self-confidence and self-esteem.
#6 Don’t make the same mistakes over and over again
The biggest mistake of all is the mistake that you do not learn anything from.
When you make a mistake and are stuck behind the proverbial wall, search for new solutions. Invest time in finding a different path around your obstacle. Challenge yourself to learn new things so that the subconscious part of your mind is always looking for new solutions.
Study the mistake. Break it down into smaller pieces so that you can analyze where you went wrong. Find the error of your ways, in the hope that you won’t repeat them.
Create a plan of attack. How can you do this differently?
What can I do better? Many mistakes are caused by a lack of focus and concentration. Learn and practice self-discipline to become more focused and effective. Write down your plan on how you will achieve your goal so that you can see it in front of you.
Read it aloud and see if there is anything in it that didn’t work. Implement these new strategies into your next effort. Acknowledge that you are responsible for your mistakes and that you are the one to resolve them.
#7 The world doesn’t owe you anything
The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Sometimes we feel we’re owed something because of all the hardships we’ve been through. This is in part due to modern day notions of self-esteem gone mad. We are taught to believe that we are the best, and this fuels our beliefs of self-importance.
We teach reward without having to suffer the consequences of misbehavior. This attitude of entitlement prevents you from earning things based on merit. People who feel entitled often lack self-awareness.
Life isn’t always fair and your problems are not unique. Many people go through the same shit you do. You are not more deserving than anyone else, but you can choose how you respond to these disappointments. Focus more on helping people, instead of always wanting more.
Learn to think more of others. Acknowledge your flaws and weaknesses and learn to accept criticism gracefully. Recognizing your strong points will develop healthy self-esteem and lead you towards helping people more. A little bit more humility, once in a while is always good.
#8 Do not be afraid to take calculated risks
Your ability to calculate risk will reduce your fear of risk.
If you fear taking risks you will avoid risk-taking. Fear is an emotion and emotion interferes with logic.
Fear can also be a good thing. When you cross the street you look on both sides before crossing to avoid getting hit by some big metal object.
This is a form of using logic to deal with your fear of getting hit by a bus. You will never achieve great success without taking calculated risks. Learn to balance emotion and logic.
What is the worst thing that can happen if you attempt this?
What can I do to reduce this risk?
How bad is the worst case scenario and how great are the benefits if I succeed?
Educate yourself about a risk and spend time calculating the risk before making your decision. Remember when you were crossing the street? You didn’t cross without looking left and right, and you didn’t cross with your eyes closed. This is a form of calculating risk.
Practice this technique and soon you will calculate risk quickly and accurately.
We’ve all had the pleasure of living or working with “control freaks”.
These people want to maintain complete control over everything. My purpose here is not to explain the psychology of this phenomenon, but rather to bring it to your attention. Wanting to always control everything is very stressful and will make you very anxious. It will waste a lot of your time and is also very damaging to your relationships.
You can always do your best at school or at work. You can have a positive attitude about your outlook on life. You can control how you take care of yourself by going to the gym or taking a yoga class.
These things you can control to a great extent and by working hard and doing your best you can influence people in a more positive way. Learn to listen before you speak and always try to find something positive in all situations.
Giving up some degree of control will make you stronger and move you forward to more elevated positions.
Learn to delegate instead of wanting to do it all. Learn to influence instead of always trying to control.
This will increase your happiness and reduce the stress in your life. Your ability to seize new opportunities will be one of the many benefits of happiness and reduced stress.
#10 Don’t give away your power
Your power is stored in your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Acknowledge the great things that you have accomplished. A strong sense of self-worth will enable you to keep a firm grip on your power. If you let others decide how you feel and decide your self-worth you will be giving away your power to these people.
Giving away your power will make you feel like a victim and make you sensitive to criticism. Powerless, your relationships will suffer and your goals will be lost.
People who have control over you are the ones who steal your power. Find out who these people are in your life and develop a strategy to do something about it. Restructure your sentences and take the time to think before you react to what has been said to you.
Is the critical feedback that you are being given true? If it’s not true, then problem solved. If it is true, how can you change to remedy this situation? Realize that you have choices and this will rid you of the victim mentality.
Taking back your power will give you a better feeling about who you are and will free you to concentrate on your life and your goals. Never hold a grudge or feel resentful towards others. This will suck the power right out of you.
When all is said and done, you will need this power for yourself. You will need it to remain strong. You will need to be strong as you march forward towards your goals. Your goals will define your success.
If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, about these strategies I would be very happy to hear about them in the comments below.
I hope that these strategies can be as beneficial to you as they have been for me. Work hard at what you love and your success will be a journey of joy and not a burden to endure.
What are Your Strategies for Success and How have they helped YOU?