Obviously I’m no expert here and I still have a lot to learn, but success in my life has been inspired by one thing: habits. It’s something I’ve done since day one. For that reason, I don’t believe in an overnight success. It takes time, perseverance and hell of a lot of patience.
Everyday I chip away and nurture the right habits. Once difficult decisions should instead become automatic behavior that you can leverage to move you forward. I believe success is subjective, and for many, it might not run deeper than the development of skills or talents. But there are many talented and skilled people who could be considered successful, so for me to feel the fulfillment of success, I have to strive to have an impact.
Whether it be an productive morning routine, exercise, sleep, or goal setting, it all begins with habits. Although success means something different to everyone, the strategies remain the same. It’s imperative to create a pattern of consistency with habits that support your goals.
Today I’m sharing habits that have helped me cultivate success in my life, so hopefully they will for you too!
Google calendar is literally like my left arm and I’m not too sure where I’d be without it. Being someone who is so easily distracted (I seriously lose hours over the smallest things), it’s almost a necessity that I schedule every hour of my day. It keeps me attentive to the right things and helps prioritize a healthy amount of time between work and home. Not only that, it sets deadlines, and deadlines help to keep focus. The more focused you are on one goal, the higher chance you have of success. If you spread yourself too thin, you might never complete your projects because they will take far too long.
Time blocking tasks also helps to prioritize important tasks and use your time efficiently. Don’t get caught in the mindless productivity trap. Managing time is about being thoughtful in the way something is done and clearing away space for people, play and rest too. So many times I hear people say they don’t have time to workout or read a book – but there is enough time. Everyone has the same 24 hours in the day. What are you doing with your 24 hours?
I’ve always found it interesting how sleep is such a debatable topic when it comes to success. You might’ve heard the term “success and sleep don’t rest together” and others alike, but I have to completely disagree here. Sleep is crucial to success. It is the most important healthy habit to nurture. Why? Well, for one, it creates perspective. When you’re getting enough sleep, you can see the big picture, rather than those who have stayed awake all night and therefore see things with a hazy view.
Sleep plays a role in our physical and mental health. It helps you make the right decisions as well as keeping your body in top shape. If I’m not getting at least 8-10 hours of sleep a night, pretty much everything in my life suffers. My work, my social life and my ability to keep healthy.
It was actually Arianna Huffington (co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post) that first opened my eyes to the importance of sleep through this TED talk and how it was her secret to success.
“Literally sleep your way to the top” – Arianna Huffington
I’ve read a lot of articles on cultivating your own success and something that is not often talked about is how to manage stress. Hard times are inevitable, whether it be due to work or personal commitments, you are going to encounter some sort of stress. The trick is how you learn to manage it.
I’ll admit, I don’t have the best handle on stress. It’s something I’m still learning to deal with alike many people and I know it’s not easy. Stress can literally make or break a person. Fortunately, there are habits to develop to better manage how you cope with difficult times. These include keeping a positive attitude, working out regularly, social engagement and taking control of your environment.
It’s also a good idea to avoid unhealthy coping mechanisms because they eventually turn into habits, which might be procrastinating, zoning out, bingeing and withdrawing from friends and family.
Goal setting is important when it comes to deciding what you want to achieve in life. I’ve touched on this subject a few times on the blog because I believe it’s so crucial to motivating yourself, building self-confidence and improving on your achievements. Goals should be measurable, have an end point, be realistic and specific. Whether you have small dreams or lofty expectations, setting goals allows you to plan how you want to move through life.
“If you aren’t failing, you aren’t trying hard enough.”
It wasn’t up until recently that I saw failure as a good thing. Every successful person has failed. If you’re failing, it means you’re at least trying. It means you’re putting yourself out there. Failing gives you the ability to begin again more intelligently. It’s not an end result it’s just a bump in the road, and if anything, it’s a crucial part to success.
Even if a person has failed a thousand times and succeeded only once, you will still remember them for that their success. The trick is to keep your optimism and not let failing make you feel like a failure. Turning challenges into learnings is the greatest skill any entrepreneur can learn.
Do you have any habits that you consider important to cultivating success? What are your thoughts on this topic?