10 Ways to Be More Successful
BY CHRIS SAVAGE
What Are the Steps to Success in Life?
Everyone says they want success but few people actually achieve it.
Because success comes down to a set of thoughts and behaviours, repeated over time.
People become successful because they do things unsuccessful people don't, or won't.
So if success comes down to a series of replicable behaviours, we can learn what they are and model them.
Here are some steps you can take right now that will put you on the road to success.
I use them in my own life daily, so I know they work.
The positive changes I’ve seen in my own life because of them has been astonishing.
If you apply these concepts you'll see positive changes as well, in a short amount of time.
1. Define What Success Means to You
What does success mean to you?
Before you reach your destination you need to know where it is.
Otherwise, you could reach it and not even realise you're there.
Get clear and define what success means to YOU.
Not what the media tells you it should be, or what your family and friends say.
Take a sheet of lined paper and on each line write "success is..."
Then finish that sentence with a different answer on each line.
You'll gain a better understanding of what success means to you.
Then you can start moving towards it.
2. Decide What You Want
Gain total clarity about what you want, what you’ll have to do to get it, and how your life will be better when you have it.
Having a positive emotional connection to your goal motivates you to keep on going.
That motivation will carry you through the hard times and onto the good ones.
If you can’t articulate what you want to in a few sentences you haven't got enough clarity yet.
You want to be able to recite your goals in your sleep.
The aim is to plant good seeds deep in your subconscious mind and nurture them to realisation.
How do you nurture an idea?
By applying the right thought and action, repeated over time.
3. Write Down What You Want
Something magical happens when you write things down.
It’s like by writing your goals on paper they somehow come to life.
When you write your goals down every day and keep them in your mind, the mechanics of the universe start working for you.
Your intentions become part of your neurology, and things around you start to change.
Buy a notebook and write your goals down every day.
It doesn’t matter if the words change or if your goals evolve over time.
What matters is that you reinforce your ideas and build habits that keep you focused on what you want.
When you give in to distractions before you know it six months have passed and you’ve done nothing.
Writing your goals daily tells your brain “forget that other stuff, this is what I need to be focusing on right now”.
It's all well and good to know what you want and to be writing it down each day.
But if you’re not following through on what you know you should be doing nothing’s going to happen.
People have great ideas when they feel optimistic.
But they don’t follow through on those ideas.
What could have been life-changing if they had followed through leads to nothing.
Don’t waste energy talking about what you’re going to do.
Make a silent commitment to yourself to follow through until it's done.
5. Invest in Yourself
The best investment you’ll ever make is in yourself.
Think about it. If you were already who you needed to be to have your goal, you’d have it.
There’s a gap between where you are and where you want to be.
It could be a knowledge gap, a skills gap, or a habits/lifestyle gap.
Whatever the gap is, to fill it you’re going to have to become more of who you could be in place of who you now are.
Use books, audio, video, classes, meeting new people, and exposing yourself to new ideas.
Bombard your mind with ideas and images of the life you want and the type of person you aspire to be.
All the information you need is accessible by pressing a few buttons on your computer.
There’s no excuse not to invest in yourself to increase your value.
It doesn’t even have to cost a lot of money.
The real cost is commitment and sacrifice.
Commitment because it takes dedication to be successful and follow-through.
And sacrifice because of the opportunity cost of achieving your goal.
When you REALLY want something you’ll be willing to commit and sacrifice to have it.
If you hesitate you need to revise your goal and your motivation for wanting it.
Having a winning mindset means not being a pussy.
Winners don’t quit when things get hard.
They don’t let procrastination and laziness take over.
And they see themselves first and foremost champions.
When you have a winners' mindset you're in the driver's seat of your life.
If you're a winner and you have a knowledge or skills shortfall you won’t hesitate to fill it.
You'll enroll in a course or do what you have to do without thinking twice about it.
When you fail and things fall apart you won’t fall apart with them.
Instead, you'll stay composed and adjust, thinking of ways you can turn it all around to your advantage.
7. Set a Deadline for Your Goals
The old maxim says “a goal without a deadline is a wish”.
People often ask me what if they set a deadline and it passes, and they still haven’t achieved their goal?
My answer is to stay on your goal and push your deadline back a little.
Don’t give yourself too much time, then it's too easy to slack off.
But don’t give yourself too little time either.
It's counterproductive putting too much unnecessary pressure on yourself.
When you fail to plan you’re planning to fail.
Your chances of randomly stumbling upon success are close to zero. You must have a plan.
So how do you make an effective plan that's easy to follow and gives you results?
a) Start with your outcome in mind
b) Set a clear goal
c) What skills, attitudes, and behaviors would a person have to have to achieve your goal
d) Identify the skills and traits you need to adopt to become that person
e) Find out where/how you can gain those skills and traits
f) Make a plan and get to work on it
Set deliverables and deadlines for each one.
As long as you have a plan and you’re taking action you’re heading in the right direction.
8. Get Organised
Organisation equals efficiency. It’s a simple fact: When you’re organised you get more stuff done.
Not just more stuff either, but more of the stuff that matters.
Our lives reflect our thoughts.
How can you expect to achieve great things if your mind is scattered and you have no system to follow?
Being organised doesn’t mean you're a robot.
Maintain flexibility and spontaneity, and when an unexpected opportunity comes up, take it.
9. Model Successful People
That thing you want so much has already been achieved by other people before you.
Why would you not pay attention to what they did right and wrong, and use that as a guide to your own success?
It’s ignorant to think you can do it all yourself.
If you’re a one in a million outlier you might be able to.
But for people like you and I, there’s an enormous resource we can leverage.
That resource is other people's experiences.
Think about the traits you want to cultivate and the goals you want to achieve.
Find mentors (virtual and real) who have already done it, and start learning about how they did it.
You’ll still make a ton of mistakes on your way, that's all part of the fun.
But you’ll save yourself years of trial and error by knowing in advance what to look out for.
When you’re around successful people, or even reading about them, it starts to rub off on you.
A small shift in perspective can lead to massive change over time.
Those changes start small but will take you far beyond what you before thought was possible.
10. Remove all Distractions From Your Life
The world is full of distractions.
Companies spend billions of dollars to distract you into buying their products.
Are you on Facebook, watching Youtube, or shopping online when you should be working?
Remove everything that conflicts with your objectives.
When it’s time to work, you work.
Once you’ve completed what you set out to do then you can browse online or scroll your feed.
Your priority is your success, everything else takes a back seat.
Every moment you spend distracted from your goals adds to the amount of time it’s going to take you to reach them.
How much time have you already wasted?
And how much more time are you willing to waste?
The choice is yours.
Have fun, stay focused, and keep winning!
Quotes About Steps to Success
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" - Lao Tzu
"Aim for the sky, but move slowly, enjoying every step along the way. It is all those little steps that make the journey complete" - Chanda Kochhar
"Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren't sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better" - John Carmack
"The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are" - Chauncey Depew
"Every failure is a step to success" - William Whewell