1. There is no such thing as the perfect time.
All of those ideas you’re sitting on just waiting for the perfect moment to take action – will never happen. The more you take action, the more you learn. The more you grow, the more confidence you build. And the more confidence you build, the more successful you become.
2. Doing what you’re going to do, when you say you’re going to do it.
A goal without a timeline is a recipe for disaster. Goals need to be broken down and assigned timelines for the various actions involved or the goal will seem overwhelming from the beginning. With a timeline, you’ll feel less lost, and more driven to avoid distractions, while keeping your eyes on the prize.
3. Learn from your mistakes.
I believe that success is a combination of our triumphs and failures. Failing allows us to learn and change our thought process so that we can come back swinging. Instead of beating yourself up over your misfortunes, try to instead figure out what you can learn from them and how you can be better next time around.
4. Set Limits.
Productive people set limits that they adhere to. They let go of perfectionism on a daily basis and in doing so, they avoid obsessive time traps. Thank you Pinterest. Productive people work in sprints that have hard stops (like saying you’ll only work on something for the next hour then move onto something else), to avoid getting burnt out on any one task or project.
5. Have a plan B.
When things get tough, don’t throw in the towel. Have a backup plan that can help get you back on track. You can usually find an alternative way to accomplish something, even if it means backtracking a little bit or reworking your idea.
6. Oprah calls it multitasking.
Even with competing priorities, highly productive people focus on doing one thing at a time really well, not switching back and forth between multiple things at once. Single-focus work is also the best way to gain momentum and celebrate your small successes. When you’ve done one thing start to finish, you feel accomplished and propelled to tackle the next thing. When you’re multitasking, you never reap the satisfaction of having fully completed something, and you’re also more likely to make mistakes and forget things as your brain goes back and forth amongst multiple tasks.
7. Speak up!
An idea that’s not shared is one that will only be supported by yourself. To overcome your fear that nobody will be interested once you put your plan into action, you’ll need to be vocal and confident about it. This means sharing the idea with others and building up the suspense. This could mean dropping hints about the project or even sharing your journey with people along the way. Don’t be shy!
8. Don’t measure your success based on the success of others.
What one person sees as success could be totally different to another person, so it’s really important to not compare your own successes with those of somebody else. Your success is the result of an end goal. One that you set for yourself, not one that somebody sets for you. No matter how big or small, it is just as important as the next person’s.
“My father had a very simple view of life: You don’t get anything for nothing. Everything has to be earned, through hard work, persistence and honesty.” – Grace Kelly
What are some of your tips for being successful? Leave it in the comments!