‘Success’ is probably the most lusted-after term today. Everything else, we believe, follows it. Wealth, love, sex, fame and happiness.
The media hypes success. But it doesn’t show what occurred behind the scenes. Rarely, if ever, do we hear about the struggles, trials and tribulations of achievers. We think they had it easy, and we can too.
The truth couldn’t be farther.
Achievers have given up more than we can imagine. And they’ve embraced what most of us would run from. They had no choice.
The good news you can fulfill your dreams and ambitions too. You can create a better life for yourself, one you look forward to every day, one you’re in control of. All you have to do, is embrace these traits.
One of my favorite quotes is: “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got.” Successful people know this all too well. They step outside their comfort zone frequently. Not just that, they enjoy it so much that it becomes a habit. The more they step outside their comfort zone, the more they do different things. And different things lead to different (amazing) results.
Ambrose Redmoon said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the judgment that something else is more important.” Successful people encounter fear like the rest of us. But they fear not trying even more. The consequences of not trying are far worse than trying and failing. This pushes to do things despite fear, instead of giving into it.
Most people freak out when they encounter constraints like lack of time and resources. Successful people, on the other hand, embrace these constraints. In fact, they use constraints to improve themselves. They recognize, from experience, that constraints increase focus and fuel innovation. Constraints also enable them to make the most of what they have, instead of wasting time chasing what they don’t.
4. Single Tasking
In today’s analog world, most people are proud multitaskers. But according to research, multitasking reduces productivity by up to fifty percent. Successful people don’t just know this, they hate it. They despise being unproductive. So, they identify the most important task, and focus on it. Only when they’re happy with the outcome do they move to the next. They believe in single tasking like a five-year-old believes in Santa.
5. The Bigger Picture
Animals experience excitement, lust, greed, anticipation, anger, joy, fear and more, in varying degrees. But their lives revolve in the present moment and their actions deliver instant results. Human beings differ from animals because they can live in the Delayed Return Environment. We can can endure short term pains to enjoy better gains in the long run. Successful people leverage this ability and keep their eye on the bigger picture. Always. They sacrifice impulsive desires today to enjoy staggering results in the future.
6. Lifelong Learning
Learning made us evolve from the Homo habilis to Homo sapiens. When we stop learning, we stop growing. Competition eats us up. Achievers fear stagnating more than anything else. Curiosity, the desire to stay ahead and the hunger to improve, makes them lifelong learners. The more they learn, the more they grow.
7. Valuing Time
According to Warren Buffett, time is the most important currency. And rightly so. More time will help you make more money. But money cannot buy you time. Most people surrender their time to others. The one thing they should guard most is at the mercy of others. Successful people, on the other hand, guard their time zealously. Time is their priority, after which comes money. The results are there for us all to see.
Can You Make It?
Money or fame do not measure success. Your capacity to live life on your terms does.
You can take charge of your life. You can make it what you dreamed of when you were a child. You can become the person whom people feel proud to associate with.
All you have to do is this: stop subjecting yourself to unrealistic expectations of others. Instead, embrace the traits above mentioned instead.
So throw off that self-pity blanket. Get your hiking shoes on. Start off on the journey towards your dreams. It’s alright if you walk slowly. You’ll still enjoy the view and breeze while others sit on the couch, complaining about how hard their lives are.
You deserve a better life. So go out there and make it.