As creatures of habit, what we do essentially becomes the embodiment of who we are. It’s misleading to think that every success story blossoms from talent. Although talent is a necessary component, it only makes up a small portion of what is required. So, what does the rest of success entail? Psych2Go shares with you 5 habits of highly successful people:
1. They are self-disciplined and commit to their goals.
Successful people don’t rely on instant gratification. They understand the importance of sticking to their goals if they want to eventually accomplish them. Discipline is practiced on a daily basis, so setting healthy boundaries is a common habit exercised. It’s not about being rigid or inflexible when it comes to going after your dream. Instead, it’s more about learning not to waste your time and motivating yourself to keep going, despite the journey not being fun at times. Successful people adapt the healthy mindset that downfalls and fulfilling undesirable tasks are only temporary compared to what they want to achieve in the long run.
2. They focus on the big picture, but take small steps every day to paint it.
It’s a common misconception to think that you have to consistently plan big in order to succeed on a greater scale. In reality, every big project is accomplished from taking small strides everyday. Successful people know how to pace themselves and learn not to be misguided by the frustrations they may face from details that won’t matter 10 years later. If you want to be successful, always take time to reflect and focus on why you are doing something. This will help you hold onto your sense of purpose if at any point you begin to feel lost.
3. They are patient and flexible with their plans of action.
Successful people understand that it’s not always about work. Sometimes, it’s about making time to unwind and relax. Strive for that balance between life and work to ensure that you are also having fun. This helps prevent you from feeling burnt out and you’ll be rejuvenated and ready again to tackle your set of challenges for the next day. It’s a common misconception to think that the more you work, the more you’ll be ahead of the game. But in reality, when you work yourself into a state of exhaustion, you place yourself in an unproductive, miserable state in which you end up creating your worst quality of work.
Admittedly, I have difficulty taking things into moderation and exercise workaholic tendencies. But going forward, I plan to revise my work routine that allows time for me to recollect myself. Take a break and get some fresh air every once in a while. You’ll be surprised to know just how much it makes a difference!
4. They practice resilience and see their bad days as learning experiences.
It’s easy to get bogged down when something isn’t going right, but resilience is key if you want to keep going. Famous successful people might make it look easy when you see their perfectly done makeup and smiling faces on social media, but it’s important not to become disillusioned by the idea of overnight success. Sacrifices were definitely made along the way and many nights of uncertainty, doubt, and insecurity were experienced.
But one common habit all successful people practice is resilience. Learn to reflect on your bad days and find value in them. Growth doesn’t happen during the good moments. Instead, it comes from our experiences of finding the calm within the storm.
5. They are not afraid to carve a path of their own.
Successful people don’t always stick to the status quo and are great strategists when it comes to figuring out effective ways to achieve their dreams. They don’t necessarily follow someone else’s footsteps and make their own rules if they have to. When you want to succeed, it’s important to remember that starting over can be beneficial in the long run.
It may seem daunting at first to abandon months or even years worth of effort, but if the system or procedure isn’t helping you grow, then it’s probably a good idea to invest your time in another plan. There’s a difference between something that will eventually work and something that’s bound to never work. Use your judgment wisely and strategize effectively.
What habits do you have that help you succeed in life? Psych2Go would love to hear your thoughts! Please be sure to leave a comment down below!
Daskal, L. (2017, February 2). 18 Effective Habits of Highly Successful People. Inc. Retrieved January 31, 2018.