To succeed in life we sometimes have to take action to increase the odds of it happening. Success is the result of positive habits, but also of a winning mindset. Developing self awareness and identifying where you lack, and replacing those gaps with empowering habits, will help you succeed in your personal and professional life. You can live your best life by making small positive tweaks, that over time add up to give incredible results.
Have you ever gone out of your way to not do something?
Do you feel that something is holding you back?
Have you done the same thing over and over again and expected a different result?
If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions you’re not on your own! It’s important to remember that you don’t necessarily have to make any risky or radical changes to increase your odds of success but you do have to take steps, sometimes difficult ones, that move you forward into new ways of doing things.
1. Be clear about the outcome you want to achieve.
Outcomes give you purpose and kick start your motivation, so take time to think through what you actually want to do. They don’t have to be life changing or even long term. They can be anything from having the confidence to join a book club, finding the perfect partner or landing your dream job. Whilst being clear about the outcome you also have to avoid it consuming you, because this can create negativity.
2. Be smartly persistent.
Being persistent increases your chance of success. However, if you’re persistent in doing something in the wrong direction it can hinder your outcome. Analysing what is going right and wrong, learning from it and not repeating mistakes are all critical components of success.
3. Face your challenges.
One of the biggest killers of success is when fear kicks in. Have the courage to go for something. If you find yourself terrified in the face of a serious challenge, pause and reframe the situation in your mind. If you reframe your challenge as an opportunity, it will help shift your perspective.
4. Have a back up plan.
Having a back up plan in place helps you mitigate or deal with your worst fears. What will you do if the worst happens? Who will you look to for support? What will you do to get back on track? The crucial element in this process is not to emotionally absorb the things that didn’t work out. Trying to think more like ‘hey ho’ or ‘it wasn’t meant to be’ will enable you to keep your momentum going and realise it’s time to dig out the back up plan.
5. Don’t be your own worst critic.
This is something that we are all very guilty of. We dish out praise to others easily, but rarely to ourselves. Be on your own side for once. Believe that your efforts matter. Tell yourself you’ve done a good job. Celebrate your successes, like you would a friend.
If you put yourself out there and take more chances then you simply increase your chances of success. If you limit your chances then you limit your chance of success.
What are you waiting for? Take the leap of faith. Make the Change. Not tomorrow. Not next week, but NOW.