Self-motivation and self-introspection are the two greatest factors influencing the mental makeup of an individual. What differentiates an average human being from a successful one is how often you take out time for these. It is only natural to feel demotivated at times, but what matters is do you still have enough zeal to work towards your goal and are you looking for something that will inspire you to break through the struggle and pursue your dreams.
We have compiled a list to chart out the rules that successful people follow religiously to stay ahead of the crowd. So please read on and apply the same to your life to get going.
1. Be positive
No matter how hard it is to believe that you will come out of a problem or a situation just fine, it is the ultimate truth. If you observe keenly, you will find that successful people are always positive in their outlook, demeanor and actions. So give a positive head-start to each day by staying positive in whatever your pursuit is.
2. Sleep well
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” – Well! If you thought that these were merely lines from some nursery rhyme book and don’t hold any relevance, then you are definitely mistaken. Because this is another rule that successful people follow religiously. If you want to start every day with a spring in your step, feeling alert, motivated and focused, then you have to get enough sleep.
3. Taking a Walk
While we all know the physical benefits of taking a walk, there are plenty of mental benefits to this too. Walking takes your mind off things that might be disturbing you in some way or the other giving your spirits a much needed boost in addition to the huge dose of amazing neurochemicals like endorphins, which will help you live longer. Most successful people make it a point to take a walk atleast once a day in order to help idea generation.
4. Enjoy your meal
One of the most important basic necessity of a human being to survive is to have food to eat. So ensure that you enjoy every bit of your meal. Sit with the people whose company you like or just sit by yourself and enjoy the meal that you have been served. Doing this will allow you to mentally recharge and return to your work with a fresh set of eyes.
5. Don’t hold on to something that hurts you, for too long
To be successful and stay motivated even when the world seems like it is caving in, you have to know when to let something go. It is a famous saying that identifying a problem is half the solution, so just introspect and find the root cause for something that hurts you. This will make it so much easier for you to let it go. The quicker you are able to forgive yourself and others, the quicker you can focus your attention and energy on the present moment.
6. Celebrate if you must and don’t hold back
Celebrations have a great thing about them, they raise our spirits to another level and we strive for even better results. The size of the victory doesn’t matter, what matters is that the small victories in the workplace are just as important as the big ones, and psychologically, they will make you feel better about your contributions and purpose in the workplace. Hence, make it a point to celebrate every single achievement like all successful people do.
7. Greet people warmly
Greeting others at home or work helps us build better bonds. Man is a social animal and socializing is one of the important ways that helps lift your spirit and your game to another level. Isolation breeds discontent and loneliness. It also creates a work life that is detrimental to your creativity and collaboration. Professional success is all about being a great team player because a lonely soldier never won a war, hence make it a point to greet others in your team.
8. Have short term goals that direct you towards your long term goal
While thinking about where you would like to see yourself after five or ten years is very important, what makes it possible is the daily or short term goals that pave the way to attain your long term goal. These short term goals will act like a bridge to your ultimate goal. You’ll feel empowered every time you complete a small goal.
9. Pen down your thoughts
It is always great to have a pen and piece of paper with you for those random thoughts that come to your mind. These thoughts could very well be the ones to change your life forever, and you might not remember them at a later point. Hence, always carry a pen and paper to jot down your thoughts. Every morning, make a checklist of the small goals you want to accomplish for the day. Return to them throughout the day until your small goal checklist is complete.
10. Strive towards creating a good work life balance
While it is very important to give your all to the work that you are doing in order to be successful. What is equally important is to have a great work life balance. Let all of your work for the day stay at the office and come home without the stress of work weighing down your shoulders. Spend time with your family. Talk about their thoughts and aspirations. See if their goals are aligned to your goals and propose changes if any are required in order to have a better quality of life. Encourage them and most importantly listen to what they have to say. This will not only make you a successful person but also an empathetic one.