The funny thing about success is that everyone’s version of it will always be different and we all define it in very different ways. Despite that, I think one of the most interesting things to do is to think about who you deem successful in your life and then observe them. Not in a creepy way (unless that’s your thing) but more just noticing what habits they have that differ from your own and noticing what it is they do differently that excels them. After doing a little observing of my own, I’ve curated what I think are the most beneficial things to do if you want to elevate your success- no matter what your definition of that might be.
Don’t be indecisive and waste time thinking about all of the ‘what if’s?.’ I’m a chronic over-worrier so this goes against every gut feeling I have but if you have a decision to make, just make it. If it ends up being the wrong decision or things turn out badly, just adapt and change by making more decisions. I mean don’t just blindly rush into things and say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ without giving it a second thought, but making a decision (any decision) is usually better than thinking about something for days and still not knowing what to do. Have confidence in yourself and your decision-making skills.
Don’t second guess yourself or think that for whatever reason you can’t reach your definition of success or the goals you’ve set out. Pausing on this will only sprout seeds of doubt in your mind. You’re not a pot plant, so trust me when I say you really don’t need those seeds…
If other people can do it, why not you? So many successful people have been told they’d never excel at anything and we all know how that turned out. I bet the person who said Walt Disney wasn’t creative enough is feeling pretty damn stupid now.
I think sometimes we forget how much information is out there and we forget the huge amount of wisdom available from peers, family members, public speakers, authors, poets, filmmakers etc. Even though you’ll never be able to absorb all of the information out there (that would probably take several lifetimes) take time out to read different books, listen to podcasts, watch TED Talks or talk to the people in your life you admire and ask them questions. Be like a little sponge, just keep soaking it all up.