We all want success in our lives, it's only natural. For example, you might have a great idea and want to start your own business or maybe you want to excel in your workplace. Whether you've tried and then failed to achieve your goal; simply haven't attempted to reach your goal yet; or even found some success already, we're right there with you. We know, it's not always easy trying to accomplish what you want and sometimes, it can be discouraging and even heartbreaking. However, it's time to change that. And no, we're not saying we've unlocked the mystery to endlesss success. We have, however, done our research. And what did we find? We found there are certain traits and behaviors that super successful people share. Now, we're here to share them with you. Read below to find out 12 behaviors that will help you attain whatever goals or dreams you want to achieve.
12 Make A Plan
No great idea ever came to life without a plan. Take your time to draft a plan. If you have an idea, write it out. Be specific. Start with the first thing you're going to do, then go step by step until you find a do-able way to reach your final goal. Have back-up plans, give yourself extra time, and prepare for the worst. This way, you'll be ready for whatever troubles you face down the line. If you go in hoping for the best without preparing for the worst, there's a high probability you'll never get to wherever you want to go.
11 Stay Positive
You have a goal in mind and you're going to reach it. No matter what happens, remember that. Understand that things aren't always easy and you're really going to have put in the work to get what you want or make happen whatever you want to make happen. Throughout the entire process, stay positive. We know- it's certainly easier said than done- especially if you face failure. This is why you must think of every step as a part of the journey. Yes, you'll need to keep your goal in mind, but think of every baby step as a success in itself and every perceived failure as a learning experience. Enjoy everything for what it is, not for what you wish it was.
10 Think Outside Of The Box
When dealing with problems or obstacles, take a second to look at them from another point of view. Now, we're not saying that your point of view is bad, we're just saying that you may be able to find another route that's easier and more do-able. Don't get trapped in the idea that there's only one way to solve a problem or that there's only one solution to get from point A to B. Take time to get out of your own way, no matter how stubborn you might be. If you're frustrated, take a break, then go back with a clear and open mind.
9 Learn How To Work Hard
If you're someone who's used to having things handed to you, it's time to get that idea out of your head. In the real world, very few successes come without hard work and dedication. If you think you're someone who works hard, find ways to work harder. Go above and beyond your expectations for yourself and others expectations for you. Re-define what "hard work" means to you. Instead of thinking of it as doing your best, think of it as not stopping until you've reached your goal. Don't expect that things will fall into place, make it happen yourself or with the help of others.
8 Listen To Others
If you have a hard time listening to others in your professional life as well. If you think you're a good listener, find ways that you can listen better. As crazy as that seems, it's true. Now, we're not saying you should give away your own power or exchange your ideas for others, but never underestimate the power of team work. And guess what? In order to have a strong team, everyone on the team needs to be heard. Yes, it takes patience and you might have to sacrifice your own pride in some situations but remember- you're trying to reach a goal and you'll do whatever you need to do to get there.
7 Follow Your Intuition
Your mother has told you this your whole life and now, it's time to listen. Chances are, whatever your gut is telling you, that's the way to go. Listen to your thoughts and ideas. Don't brush them off as silly or impossible. If there's a will, there's a way. If something feels wrong, find another path. If it feels right, go with it. Your intuition is smart- just like you- and it deserves to be heard. Don't ignore your natural reaction to certain situations, it's only going to help you, not hurt you.
6 Form A Network
You might be someone who is shy or doesn't reach out to other people for help. And that's great. However, it's going to make accomplishing a big task harder than it would be if you took advantage of your resources. If you're denied help for a favor- what's the worst that can happen? You'll survive. Let go of the idea that it's wrong to ask people for help or for favors- because it's not. Form a network of people that you think could help you achieve your goal. Share your plan with them, hear their suggestions, and if they offer advice, take it. Get out of your comfort zone. Chances are, they'll be happy to assist you in any way you can and you'll be happy you reached out.
5 Be Disciplined
Everyone wants to go out on a Friday night and hang with friends. Or maybe, you've had a long week of work and you want to relax. However, keep your goal in mind in whatever you do. Now, we're not saying that you shouldn't take time to chill out, but as everyone knows, success comes with a price. If you want to accomplish something, you have to take the time to do it. That might mean your relaxation time is cut in half. While it's hard at first, you'll be happy in the long run because you've done what you set out to do.
4 Think Before Speaking
If you have a great idea, before you pitch it to other people, let it incubate. Consider every possibility, every problem or flaw the idea might have, and do your research. Has anyone ever tried to accomplish this before? Has it been done? Can you do it better? If you really want your idea to happen, you need to know the ins and outs of every nook and cranny of the situation so you can convince others to help you and/or accomplish it. Be so prepared before you pitch your idea so you can answer every question that you're asked. Never let "I don't know," be an answer to a question someone throws your way.
Take the time to look back on what's worked for you and what hasn't. Be really honest with yourself. Avoid telling yourself things you want to hear because you don't feel like changing your old ways. You know if something worked well or if it didn't go as planned. If you can, reflect on a day to day basis and keep a journal or take notes throughout the day. This way, if you ever need guidance in the future, you'll have a reference right at your finger tips. Remember to note why things worked or why they didn't and try to be as specific as you can.
2 Stay Humble
No one is smarter than you. As much as you want to believe you're on a higher playing field than those who you perceive are less successful or less educated than you, you're not. Plus, if you do that, it's only going to be a disservice to yourself. Why? Because just like your thoughts are unique to who you are, those around you are the same way. You never know where you're going to find a solution to a problem you might have. Never count anyone or anything out and stay open to every idea, even the ideas you didn't come up with yourself.
1 Believe In Yourself
Let's be honest- if you don't believe in yourself, no one else is going to believe in you. How could they? Think about it: Would you trust to hire an accountant that didn't have confidence in themselves that they could make you money? Trust that your ideas, opinions, and concepts will succeed. Work to rid your own self doubt as it won't benefit you or anyone around you. Remember, we all struggle to truly trust and believe whole-hardily ourselves, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. Like anything else, all it takes is positive reinforcement and time.