Success looks and feels different for everyone. Those who aim for success are in their own world. They aren’t competing with anyone but themselves. The difference between someone who’s successful and someone who’s lazy is they do not have the same mindset or behaviors. When you have the behavior of someone who’s unstoppable, you will make sure you get what you want. Everything you need to know is already within you. All you need to do is be yourself and act. There are several behaviors that can lead to improved performance.
1. Never be satisfied
Most people stay close to the ground, where it’s safe. Successful people choose to fly high knowing the fall might kill them. It’s okay, because success is not about achieving the goal; it’s about the journey to see how far you can push yourself. Once you wrap up one goal, immediately begin the next one. Success should be never enough. It’s not about this achievement, but the one after that. There is no destination. You’ve arrived only when you feel you have. Fall in love with the process, not the end product.
2. Don’t compete with others; make them compete with you
Most people direct their competitiveness toward others. They continuously check in to see what others in their space (their competition) are doing. As a result, they mimic and copy what’s “working.” Don’t copy your competition. It pulls you away from your authentic self, the one that will make you successful. Just take risks on your own terms; most people won’t be doing the same. Don’t do it only when it’s convenient or when you feel ready. Just go and make whatever adjustments you need to. You are always in control of your own actions.
3. Keep learning
When you want to become the best at what you do, you assume you already are. Always operate under the assumption that there is someone out there better, so you’ll maintain the drive to constantly improve and hone your skills and knowledge. Preparation is what gives you power, but don’t get caught up in the results of your success. The surest way to continue improving is to move on to the next challenge while always remaining focused on what got those results: the work you keep putting in.
4. Be true to yourself
Have the self-respect and confidence to live life on your terms. When something isn’t right in your life, change it immediately. If you need to ask permission to do something, then you shouldn’t do it. There’s a saying, “It’s better to ask forgiveness than to ask permission.” No will one will ever give you permission to live your dreams. Don’t chase whatever works for other people; go after what works for you. Truly decide what you want to do and stop jumping from one thing to the next. Keep yourself alert, active and pursuing whatever it is you want to do.
5. Confidence is your greatest asset
Your confidence determines the size of your goals, how likely you are to achieve those goals and how you bounce back from failures. If you’re not confident, you will never put yourself out there in the first place. You’ve got to be confident enough to brush off the countless times you will fail. It doesn’t matter how stacked the odds seem. When you are confident, you are more likely to succeed. With self-confidence, you can create high value and non-replicable work — and that will always speak volumes about you.
Success begins with making decisions for yourself and committing to them. Are you practicing these in your everyday life?