Most often, we attribute success to great skills and talent. But that is not entirely true. Look around you and you will discover plenty of skilled and talented people who are still failures while others without such skills are prospering. Success is not just about talent or skill but it is an embodiment of habits, the sum of the little things we do everyday. Below is a list of habits that are vital to success than skill and talent.
To achieve true success, you have to work hard to reach your fullest potential. You need the right attitude, self-discipline and the ability to put your goals before your own needs. You must put in the effort and have the discipline to do so. It takes a certain level of commitment to finish your tasks for every day.
There is no substitute for hard work. The harder you work, the more opportunities you are exposed to. When you are driven towards a goal, learn to enjoy the hard work it takes to achieve it. Cultivate the competitive nature that will motivate you to put in the extra effort necessary to get you closer to your aims. From this type of mindset hard work and effort are inspired rather than viewed as an uphill grind. Nothing in this world comes easily, least of all, success. Accept this. Embrace this.
2. Positive mental attitude.
Your attitude determines how far you will go. Make sure to adopt positive beliefs and frame all events in a positive mindset. Don’t talk negative. Ignore whiners and complainers. Only use positive vocabulary. When challenged, see the benefits in your hardships. Attitude does not emerge from what happens to you, but from how you decide to interpret what happens to you.
There is nothing more contagious than a positive mental attitude. If you have skill and talent but a negative or entitled attitude, you are missing the x-factor of success. The greatest successes may not be the most talented but they have the most optimism, expectancy and enthusiasm that makes everything in business easier for them.
3. Being on time.
Being on time shows you are dependable, diligent and organized. It indicates that you honor your commitments, have respect for your time and that of others. People would trust you if you are time conscious. One attribute common to the successful is they view their time as their most precious commodity. When you are late to appointments with people who value their time, you will have wasted one of their most valuable assets.
When you are late for a person like this there is a good chance they will see you as self-centered, rude, disrespectful and irresponsible. When you are organized with time you are more confident because you develop a great reputation. Reputation is everything when it comes to success.
4. Work ethic.
Doing the bare minimum and depending upon skill or talent alone is not what will get you to the top. To be successful you must have a strong work ethic ingrained in your DNA. The integrity of who you are and how you operate must stretch throughout all aspects of your job. First and foremost you must respect what you do and those whom you work for and with.
When you possess an unwavering commitment to your work ethic, it is this character trait that will foster good relationships with clients, employees, coworkers and superiors. Make sure you're a team player who views each person as valuable. People will be drawn to you for being fair. You will establish a positive network of people who trust your advice because they know you live by high moral standards. You must conduct yourself with a strong sense of responsibility. Most importantly you must place a strong emphasis on the quality of work you put out.
The biggest commitment to maintaining the high energy levels necessary for success is to take care of your physical body. If you are not healthy physically, you will not be at your best emotionally or mentally. There is no way to function at peak performance levels on fried food, lack of sleep, caffeine and nicotine. You may burn bright but you will fizzle fast.
Take care of your health. Eat clean, get enough rest, drink a lot of water and get a workout in sometime during each day, ideally in the morning before the workday starts. When your energy is good, so is your ability to work effectively and maintain a positive mood. Further, schedule necessary breaks into your workday to allow your brain time to recharge and be ready for whatever is next on your agenda. Choose to be that person who has the energy to go the extra mile.