Here are my 10 best strategies for success
10 Strategies for Success-the easy way, is an effective method of working to achieve your goals. Achieving success requires planning and persistent effort.
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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 primary factors for achieving success is persistence. To persist is to endure in the face of opposition. Most people give up too early. They often give up just when they are at the doors of success.
The stories of people trying and giving up too early would 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 behaviour. 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.
- 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 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 rewards without having to suffer the consequences of misbehaviour. 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
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 the 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.
My Final Thoughts
If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, about these strategies please leave them in the space 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 pleasure to enjoy, and not a burden to endure.