If you want to be successful in life remember that the little things that you do in life can determine if you are going to be successful or not. These are some of the pieces of advice that when I have added to my life. I found myself being more successful in my career as well as other aspects of my life. Remember it is the little things that can determine whether you will be successful or not.
1. Set Goals
To get where you want to go in life you need to focus on the outcomes you want. Do you want a corner office, start your own business or maybe learn how to paint artwork? What ever it is in life you wish to achieve or become that is a goal that you want to achieve.
Write it down
When you have a goal you want to achieve in life you need to write down your goal. Because an unwritten goal is just like a fleeting wish that pops into your head. Something happens when you take action to write down your goals. Your goal becomes more real in your head and your thought will start focus on how you can achieve your goals.
2. Make plans
While having goals is important, a plan of action is needed to get to achieve your goals. When you think about how you are going to do something but do not write it down these are just thoughts. It becomes easy to get lost in your thoughts and you stay on square one. When you actually write down the steps and outline of how you are going to achieve your goals and dreams. It is the step where thoughts are transformed into action.
Focus On Actions
Focus on the outcome of what you desire from your actions. Your outline should be built around what you wish to accomplish this day, week, month, quarter and year. You should plan accordingly for each day to get you closer to your goals.
3. They Take Action
Remember a man who does not try will get nowhere in life. So the first thing you need to do is put effort into making your goals turn into reality. Remember Zig Ziglar quote ‘You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great’. Small action when you start will get your closer to your goal. That is why many people will tell you half of success is just showing up.
Show Up And Get Things Done
With a little bit of effort even on the days, when you are lacking burning motivation. By showing up on those days and putting forth your best effort. This action only will determine if you will succeed in making your plans and goal come to fruition.
4. Focus on Productivity not just being busy
While I will not argue that no action is bad action, but action needs to be focused on the highest possible return for time invested. I do this by focusing on most important issues first that have the biggest return on getting you to your goals.
Even Do The Little Things
If you are doing everything yourself. Then yes you have to learn how to do the little things. You should only work on the little things after you have completed the bigger challenges that can move you forward. Remember the situation changes each day so plan out your actions.
Keep Momentum Going
When you start to have momentum and can focus all of your attention on the most important daily actions and doing those better each day. While you can outsource the small stuff when you can afford to outsource the small stuff that you do not do well and find yourself wishing you did not have to do those little tasks.
5. Always Make Continuous Improvements
Just because you not a rock star in your industry today. It does not mean you can become one. The path to mastery is a long path it takes 5 years, with 40 hours of work to truly master a career. While it is true there are people who have been working in a field for more than 15 years and still can not perform anywhere near the level of a rock star. That because they did not focus their efforts on being the best just getting by each week with the minimal effort.
Challenge Yourself Constantly
So to be a person that stands out from the rest of the people around you. You have to focus on small progress each day. Sometimes even taking on challenging projects that will test your skills. As well as focus on the one thing that you can learn the task need for your job better. You will learn from both your successes and failures.
6. Always Looking To Learn New Things
Every person in the world had to be taught the life skill necessary to succeed in life. Whether they pick up a book and teach themselves or were given advice on how to be better from mentors. As you improve in one area of your life, improvements will carry over to other areas of your life. For example, you read a book on relationships and it gives you advice on how to better relate to your partner. Does that mean the improvement in your communication skills can not be put to work on your coworkers, boss or friends?
Learn Timeless Lessons of Life
Also, there is something to be said about reading stories about the great people who came before you and realize while the times we live has changed. Problem-solving skills as well are people skills have help people in time past improve their lives and life situation. The wisdom of Benjamin Franklin or Napoleon Hill is timeless and the best advice and wisdom can help you. And considering they wrote down many of the best ideas on paper a long time ago that means that you can learn for the best advice.
7. This Is Very Important Follow Through
What good is it to start a project and give up on the project before completion. A project that is half done is not done at all. It is only after it is done that you can see the outcome. And feel a sense of relief that you can reward yourself for a job done.
Be Sure To Finish Your Projects
Always reward yourself when you finish even if it does not live up to your high standards. If you become afraid of finishing a project because it does not live up to your high standards. Very soon you will find yourself not finishing any projects at all.
Evaluate Finished Projects
Sometimes a finished project is not as good as you want but that is when you can focus some efforts on rule 5 and 6. It is at this point you can fully evaluate what went right then what when wrong. Focus on the things you can learn and improve. Then figure out what steps can be taken to make sure the process is better next time.
The Wrap Up
These are the ideas that I have put to work in my life to make improvements. While at first, it will seem like you are not making progress. As long as you are mindful to follow these steps on daily biases. You will start to notice improvements in your life and life situation.