10 Strategies for Success

10 Strategies for Success

Here are my 10 best strategies for success

These are only a few of my all-time favorites, but I use them for writing good web content.

What is writing good web content all about?

Knowing what you want to achieve in life, is the very beginning of any successful journey. The right attitude, an inquisitive mind, and a persistent effort are also part of the package.

These strategies are not necessarily the only ones essential to achieve success but they do help make the journey a bit easier.

You can add your own to this list, but in my opinion, a good grasp of these techniques will carry you far in the direction that you have chosen for yourself.

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 early. They often give up when they are just at 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, never give up too early because you do not see the results that you want right away. Many want to achieve instant success. 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. I’m sure you’ve 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 get frustrated or impatient, and look for shortcuts to avoid the effort necessary to achieve your goals.

2  Do not give up after your first failure

Others believe that if they failed once, they will fail again and don’t bother trying.

Failing is part of the journey to success. The journey to success is littered with failure. The stories of all the great achievers are full of failure. They spend years failing to achieve their goal. They get rewarded with ridicule, but they never give up.

Giving up is a learned behavior. If you always give up, you believe that your next attempt will result in failure. Change the way you think about failure.

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.

 

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 get rid 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 envy, jealousy, and resentment, … away.

4  Do not fear change

Be aware that your path to success will be full of obstacles that make you uncomfortable. To surmount 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 on 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, 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 you 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. Be aware that you are responsible for your mistakes and that you are the one to fix them.

7  The world doesn’t owe you anything

The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

We feel we’re owed something because of all the hardships we’ve been through. This is 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. Know 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 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.

9  Focus only on what you can control

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.

Remind yourself of 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 towards your goals.

  • Your goals will define your success.

10 strategies for success

My Final Thoughts

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, about these strategies do not hesitate to Contact Me.

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 pleasure to enjoy, and not a burden to endure.

 

 

 

 

 

42 thoughts on “10 Strategies for Success”

  1. Hi Paul,
    This is a very inspiring read. I always enjoy reading motivational articles. It is the best way to keep myself motivated and feel the positive vibes.
    The 10 strategies you listed here are good key learnings. Most of it I have read before and today it serves as a reminder for me to keep going.
    Thank you for posting this.
    Sharon

    • Thank you, Sharon, for stopping to read my post. 

      I am pleased that my post has served to inspire you. Like you, I enjoy reading inspirational stories. 

      They are always fascinating and include the collected wisdom of many people over the ages. Keep moving forward and have a great day. 

      Paul

  2. You make so many good points, Paul, that I don’t know where to start. My favorites are that there are no overnight successes. It takes work and perseverance and yes, the world owes you nothing. Taking risks to me means you are not afraid to put yourself out there and if some don’t like it, too bad. Lastly, I always called it not tripping over the same rock twice. These are all truly words to live by an be successful by. Thanks for posting.

    • Good Day, Warren. 

      I hope your summer is coming along just fine. Your comments are greatly appreciated. These are all timeless classics that many successful Entrepreneurs live by. 

      As you so wisely point out, anyone from any walk of life would be well served by these gems of wisdom. I love your expression Warren. Not tripping over the same rock twice is an excellent way to convey this idea. 

      Thanks, for contributing it to my blog.

      Paul

  3. Hi Paul,
    I wasn’t a big fan of the ABC television show, The Love Boat, when it first came on the air. It’s not that I thought it was a bad show, it just wasn’t my style.
    That said, every once in a while I caught an episode that I thought was insightful. One such episode speaks to an important point you make: Don’t give up your power.

    The essence of the episodes was this. The captain of the ship was asked to evaluate a candidate in line for own captainship. The candidate had passed all the tasks and tests with flying colors. Everyone had remarked how well she had done. However, before she was due to complete the “last test” the captain called her in and told her she didn’t have what it takes to be a captain.

    After several weeks the candidate was again summoned by the captain. Only this time the conversation was different. He told her that she in fact had been promoted to captain at his recommendation.

    It turned out that the last test was showing how she would react to negative views others have of her even if those views were false. In other words, did she give those people the power to bring you down? She passed the test because she never gave the captain the power to question her self-worth.

    • Good Day, Thabo. 

      Thanks for the visit and the thoughtful comments. Giving up your power makes you a lot weaker and more vulnerable. Your use of this episode to explain this strategy is well received. 

      Oftentimes it’s best to stay calm and to not lose focus. We can’t always win the big prize when we want to, otherwise the effort with not be worth it. 

      Again thanks, for the wonderful story that you have included with your comments.

      Paul

  4. Hi Paul,

    This is pretty inspiring stuff. I especially like number 9, and I assume it’s your favorite since you have it highlighted.

    As I’ve been starting my blog, I have to keep reminding myself that I cannot control when Google decides to start putting my site higher up on the list. But there are certain things that I can do as I create content to improve the likelihood of that happening. So I just have to study it out the best I can and follow it to a ‘T’ and not get pissed off when I see other people succeed while I’m still waiting.

    • This is true Dustin. 

      There are so many things that we have little to no control over that it’s foolish to even consider. 

      The course of action is to always do your best and eventually someone will notice it. Sounds kind of old-fashioned and corny, but it’s true. 

      Even more important, is the satisfaction that will be yours for a job well done. Work hard at what you can control and this will produce your best effort. 

      What more can you ask for. Give it your all, and success will soon knock at your door. 

      Paul

  5. Hey man, first of all thanks for this great, interesting and very informative article on Tips for Success.
    Your tips really are so true and great.
    I especially like the first one ‘Success does not happen overnight’. Most people want to be successful but don’t want to put in the hard work.

    • Thanks los, for the kind comments. I am pleased that you enjoyed reading my post. You are very accurate with your statement. A lot of people want to achieve success right away. Lucky for us , we know that success requires a persistent effort. Keep up the good work and eventually success will smile at you. Good Luck with all your ventures. Paul

  6. Thank you, Paul! You have provided some excellent success strategies here! I am guilty of doing the same things over and over with marketing sometimes and need to develop a plan and stay focused. I will take your advice and learn a new technique this weekend. Specifically, I will sit down and develop a video marketing strategy to use on social media. Thanks again for your words of encouragement and motivation!

    • Great stuff, Nathan. 

      It’s hard to always be performing at peak levels. Many of these “10 Strategies for Success” are time-tested philosophies that have served many before us. I am pleased that you have stopped by to read my blog. 

      Persistent effort will help you develop your Video Marketing Strategy for social media. Good Luck and please return to tell me how it went. Have a great weekend! 

      Paul

  7. I have been an affiliate marketer for a few months now so I have been looking for success tips everywhere and that’s how I landed on your site.

    Your article was very comprehensive and straight to the point which I really liked about it!

    Also, do you know of any recommendations to improve my skill on affiliate marketing?

    • Thanks, Fernglow, for reading my post. 

      The best way for you to learn affiliate marketing is to join Wealthy Affiliate. 

      This is a very comprehensive and vibrant program specifically designed to further your affiliate marketing studies.

      Simply sign up and get started. It’s Free. Doesn’t get easier or better than that. 

      Give it a whirl, Fernglow! 

      Paul

  8. I think you cover a lot of great points.
    The most important I think is not to give up. How can anyone achieve successful if they give up? The key is to keep going and try your best.
    Thanks for these important reminders on strategies for success!

    • Hi, Dinh.
      Thanks, for reading my post.
      Yes, I would have to agree with you on this choice.
      Continuing any project that we have started is perhaps the most important piece of advice that anyone could give.
      This is one of the biggest causes of failure.
      Often when we quit we are are only a short distance from our goal.
      I’m happy that you have chosen that point, as it is perhaps my favorite as well.
      Paul

  9. I couldn’t have read this piece at a better time, Paul. These are some reminders I definitely needed especially since recently I have been feeling pressured to give up because my success wasn’t looking like others’. I think too often failure has been seen as a bad thing so we tend to shrink when things get tough so that we don’t risk failing. But you’re right, failure is an opportunity to learn and I plan to try to embrace mine!

    • Great thoughts, Tekyia.

      Try to use these small failures to learn valuable lessons. 

      Only compare yourself to the person you were yesterday, and not someone you met today.

      Paul

  10. Thank you for sharing with us this great review on 10 strategy for success.Succeeding in this online business is very difficult but not impossible.Training is required to know what to do and build the business in profitable way.

    I am a Wealthy Affiliate member and I agree with you,succeed comes after hard work that’s why after building a website it is necessary to focus on our power and the target we have.

    • Thank you, Julienne, for stopping by.

      Excellent training and hard work often lead to success. Stay positive to preserve the energy you will need when things get really tough.

      Paul

  11. I must say that your article gives me more motivation to continue with my online business as I learned the lesson that it is a long-term process. I was thinking that it was easy and wanted to earn fast money but I saw that it is not possible at all. Just like you said, we should never give up and especially after the first try because with every try we are getting better.

    • Bang on, Daniel.

      Life is a long journey and often a struggle as well. Envy and resentment rob us of the energy we need to move forward.

      Enjoy the journey and find ways to stay motivated.

      Focus on your small accomplishments, they do add up.

      Paul

  12. Paul I love the post especially the part that the world owe me nothing  that part it nothing but the truth their is one more thing  I know never be envious of orthers people success it will only pull you down instead of focusing on yourself you  have orther unnecessary things putting you down and you will remain down

    • Great points, Charles.

      All negative thoughts and emotions bring us down and suck the lifeblood out of us.

      Entitlement and envy are negative emotions that must be chased away.

      Paul

  13. Great post to help inspire others.  Your first point is a must to remember.  I tend to set my goals and then my strategies for reaching the goal. I must admit we share a few and the others I may also try to incorporate along the way.  

    Although not easy, I always try to learn from my mistakes or failures.  I think it builds good resilience and keeps you moving in the right direction by knowing what doesn’t work for you. Every day is a school day, if you haven’t learned something you are not moving in the right direction.

    • I agree, Michelle.

      Every day is a school day. Most of these strategies are universal and proven techniques used by many successful people in all fields of endeavor. 

      Working to improve yourself every day, not only benefits you, but it also benefits your circle of influence.

      Paul

  14. Hi, your topic is filled with Half of my mind yet you never talk to me? So many times we failed because we lack patience people who want to succeed must continue to try. Just as Rome takes many days to be complete so will be any business that we start on building. 

    We must depend on our effort to succeed and not on some other people’s as we should always keep in our minds that people do not owe us anything, neither can the success of other people prevent us from succeeding. We should work hard to achieve our success.

    DorcasW

    • Thanks, DorcasW, for reading my post.

      Deep inside, we all have our version of what success means to us. This success does not happen through magic unless of course, you are a magician. Success needs a plan, and it needs to be applied persistently.

      Most people spend more time planning for Christmas than they do planning for their lives and careers.

      Is it any wonder that they fail to reach their goals?

      I hope that you were able to glean a few gems from these universal truths.

      Paul

  15. Hi! Thank you very much for this motivational and informative post! There is a lot of inspiration in this post for us that are new bloggers trying to open up our space online.

    “Don’t give up after your first failure” is just for me. It’s so easy to get disappointed after giving our very best and not arching our goals. But you’re right: success takes time!

    And for my second project, I think your advice is very appropriate: “Do not be afraid to take calculated risks”.

    I’ll continue visiting your site for more useful content as this. Thank you very much!

    • Thank you, Henry.

      We all need inspiration from time to time. I’m happy to hear that you will be returning to visit.

      Continued success and do not give up. Learn from your failures and take a calculated risk, once in a while.

      Paul

  16. Truly inspiring! Definitely all these strategies are applicable during our path as online entrepreneurs and I can say that some of them are reflecting my current situation. I’m not giving up, even if I didn’t see results from months because I know that one day everything will make sense to me. It’s true that success doesn’t happen overnight but all the mistakes will help us to be a bit closer to our goals. I’m learning how to gain control of things that before I couldn’t manage and most important I understood the importance to be focused on just one thing before move to another task. What will be the most important strategy for you in 2019?

    • Good Day, Riccardo.

      Great question. I plan to focus more on my writing, enjoy the journey, and be more persistent and consistent.

      That is a huge bucket for me. If I can stay on that path, I will be in a much better place, next year at this time.

      Paul

  17. Very good up-lifting strategies and good life tips as well. People have a tendency to focus on one specific goal or chore and will forget that there are other things that need attention and those other things will affect the overall picture.

    If a person does not see the success that one is working towards do you change your goals, give-up, settle for less, or what?

    • Knowing what you really want is the beginning of your personal success. 

      If you are on the right path, do not change your goal. If success is hard to come by perhaps all you need is more training and a change of tactics.

      Never give up or settle for less than you deserve.

      The right path for you is very personal and your first order of business.

      Paul

  18. What an excellent and useful articles. It was kinda like you were reading my mind on some of these things. I have indeed self sabotaged my endeavours in the past. Impatience is a constant challenge and now after reading your article here I see I need to get my expectations a little more realistic.  Thank you for these great strategies and wise counsel Paul. All the best to you.

    • Thank you, Myles.

      We all make the same mistakes from time to time. What is important is to learn from them and move forward.

      When we know what’s wrong, it’s easier to fix it.

      Good Luck in your endeavors.

      Paul

  19. I absolutely love your article! There is so much positive information here and there is so much knowledge to be taken from this article.These strategies are so “on the money!” I know about some strategies that make sense and some I didn’t realize.

    I totally agree that failure is an opportunity to learn and that it’s a stepping stone to success.Being envious of other people’s success used to be a problem of mine, but no more.

    I try not to make the same mistakes and learn from the ones I do make.I do take risks and that’s the way to get ahead!Thank you for one excellent article!

    • Good Day, Rob.

      All successful people apply many of these principles. 

      They are the product of many years of human evolution.

      You touched on all the good stuff.

      Continued success in 2019 and thanks for the kind words. Paul

  20. Hi Paul,

    Thank you for sharing the 10 strategies for success. All these points are so importance for anyone’s success, but we overlooked their importance.

    Yes, the world doesn’t owe us anything. We have to work hard to get what we want.

    Don’t envy other people’s success. We all have different starting point and start from different situations.

    I really enjoy reading this article. It is so inspiring :).

    • Thank you, Christine, for reading my post.

      I’m happy that you share many of these thoughts and that you enjoyed my post.

      Paul

  21. Your strategies is beneficial.  Each and every one of the 10.  Thank you for a great informative useful post.  

    Number one is probably the most important! Nothing good or lasting happens overnight.  It takes time and effort, and your investment of yourself.  Then never ever give up….

    You have your strategies in the perfect order from 1 to 10. 

     The last one have a very true statement “Never hold a grudge or feel resentful towards others. This will suck the power right out of you.”  I have had many situations throughout my life that proves this point exactly, and its really important that you look out, be aware and don’t fall into this.  

    Great post and great information, thank you. 

    • Thanks, Marlene for reading my post.

      Negative emotions and toxic people are envious and resentful of your successes.

      Run away from them, like you would the plague.

      Patience and persistence are also very useful.

      I appreciate your stopping by to comment.

      Paul

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