Success means different things to different people. It could mean owning a penthouse in Manhattan and driving a luxury car, or a quiet, secluded cabin. In her book, Succeed, How We Can Reach Our Goals, psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson discourages us from pursuing goals solely based around fame and money, in favour of ambitions that enhance our relatedness, competence, and autonomy. These three attributes are much more likely to bring about genuine happiness.
Below are 10 habits that are sure to help you succeed in achieving your goals, whatever they may be.
You’re much more likely to achieve your goal if you can envision it first. Successful athletes use visualization as part of their training, and top coaches and CEOs use it to attain peak performance. If you imagine your presentation, speech, or performance going extremely well, you increase the chances that it will.
Hang Out with Successful People
Goals are highly contagious, and we often adopt the goals of those we spend time with. For that reason, if you want to be successful, it’s beneficial to hang out with people who have similar goals that they’ve achieved or are on their way to achieving.
Love What You Do
It’s hard to be successful if you go to work every morning grumpy and stressed, harbouring resentment, boredom, or any other negative feelings about your job. No job is perfect, but as long as the foundation is one of loving what you do, a lot can be overcome on your way to success.
Build a Network
Whether it’s having a cup of coffee with a former colleague or inviting an old boss to lunch once a year, having a network of people with whom you can exchange information is crucial for your career. You never know when an acquaintance might be promoted to a new position at a place you’ve always wanted to work.
Fake It Till You Make It
You have what it takes to do and be whatever and whoever you set your sights on, so dream big and reach for the stars!
Use Commute and Meal Times to Learn
Audiobooks and podcasts are useful and inspirational tools that you can listen to while driving, eating, cooking, folding laundry, etc. You can get some great ones for free (or cheap) all over the internet.
Hit the Gym in the Morning
This will make you feel and look great, and it will give you a productivity boost throughout the day. The ideal is a mix of cardio and strength training. The confidence you’ll get from working out is unlike anything else and will propel you towards further achievements in other areas of life.
Organize Your Space
Your space is such an intimate part of who you are, and it represents you to yourself and to the world. Both your workspace and your home space should be priorities. Keep them organized, and try to personalize them with pictures, calendars, postcards, and reminders of your goals.
Mind Your Posture
Social psychologist Amy Cuddy recommends holding a power pose for two minutes each day, so why not incorporate this into your morning routine? Try to keep your posture in mind during events where outcomes are critical like presentations, interviews, and speeches.
Prune Your Vocabulary
Try to not to use the phrases “I think” and “I believe”, as they make you sound hesitant and less confident.
With these tips in hand, you’re that much closer to attaining your goals, so keep at it and don’t give up!
Nezha Boutamine | Staff Writer