How To Increase Your Success


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.

PS, personally I need to work on all of these things myself…

 


COMMIT.

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 LIMIT YOURSELF. 

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.

NOURISH YOUR MIND. 

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.
 

WORK FOR IT. 
Obviously be dedicated and passionate and all that jazz that you write on your first resume, but also don’t forget the importance of persistence. Being dedicated and working really hard is one thing, but chances are you’re not going to reach your goals in a month or even a few years depending on what they are, so persistence in my opinion is really what it’s all about. I think it’s tough to remember that life isn’t a sprint (I was never any good at sprinting anyway) but more of a long distance run, so persist even as time passes and just keep the end goal in sight.

 

Do you have any tips for being more successful?

 

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123 responses to “How To Increase Your Success”

  1. Love the tip about being a sponge, that's honestly so true! There is so much info available for us, sometimes we forget 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    Vanessa
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  2. Absolutely love these tips! I do agree that the what ifs we have on our minds really does kill our journey to success. It leads to doubt, which is always the worse.

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  3. Mercy F says:

    I like everything you mentioned since they are all true. It's good to read post like this, keep it up!

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  4. Rakel says:

    Loving this article so much! very interesting!

    Rakel ♥ http://www.alovelystyle.com

  5. Phoebe says:

    All your points were spot on in my opinion!
    I remember seeing an interview with a famous actor asking what the secret of his success was and he replied "I wasn't any better than others in fact I was probably not as talented but I just kept staying on the bus when others got off "- I always remembered that quote to remind me to be persistent and not give up (in any area of life) even if things weren't going in the direction I planned or imagined.

    • I think that's one of the best comments I've ever read Phoebe, that famous actor was on to something there! It's so easy to get caught up in everything and just quit when things get tough, but I think it actually shows a lot more gumption to keep going and not give up!

  6. Totally agree on what you said about persistence! It's crucial for our way to success but so hard to hold on to sometimes. Really motivating and inspiring post, thanks for sharing. <3

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  7. Totally agree!! Commitment is always the hardest for me. I have to retrain myself and really buckle down and focus!! It'll eventually pay off….

    Mel | http://www.thegossipdarling.com

  8. You got it right! So many people think that if they want something they'll just say it and it'll happen, not realizing that you also have to take action. In order to be successful, one has to take action and make that little/big dream in your head a reality. Great post! 🙂 xx

    -Mitzee

    mitzeeruth.blogspot.com

  9. I'm also an over-worrier and spend way too much time thinking about all the possible what-ifs. Thanks for all your advice 🙂 Great post!

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

  10. Agree with all your points. Everyone sees success different, but the one thing they have in common is not giving up! Some has to take the long way to achieve it and some just get it with first attempt, we shouldn't compare ourselves with others and let ourselves down but work harder for it.

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Exactly! I think we automatically assume we're going to reach our goals the 'short' way so it can be a little bit of an awakening when we end up on a longer journey.

  11. Thanks for admitting your a worrier, its a big club we're in, haha! Great post and a needed reminder that good things take time. Thank you!
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  12. Being dedicated and determined really helps doesn't it, people need to realise dreams take time

    Lauren x | http://www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

  13. Edye Nicole says:

    Such great points!! It's so true that we shouldn't limit ourselves. The world has so much to offer xx

    Blessings,
    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

    • Ah thanks Edye! I agree, I think we put these limitations on ourselves and what we can achieve, when really we can achieve pretty much anything we want if we work hard enough and don't give up.

  14. Really inspiring post! Thanks for sharing =o)

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  15. Such a great post! It's so important to always remind ourselves of these things as a refresher now and then!

    Ashleigh x
    http://www.ashleighdmello.com

  16. Esther Ivy says:

    Thank you, the words in this post are exactly what I needed to get my day going.

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  17. Gabrielle says:

    Not limiting yourself is always something to keep in mind – if we don't try new things, we can't grow! Working for it is also a pretty spot on point haha 😉 Thanks for sharing these motivating points Julia; have a lovely weekend!

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    x

  18. Commitment and being limitless is key! Great advice darling.

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  19. Beckie says:

    Great tips! And I certainly agree you have to work hard for success!

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  20. I was that girl who always ponder on 'what ifs' and it held me back from so many things. It took me years to overcome my self doubt but I think wisdom that comes with age has lots to do with it. Now I'm at the age of 'so what?' and I'm happier than ever.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  21. These are SO good — loved this post. I need to work on all these things myself. Easier said than done though 🙂 Another one to add to the list is not to compare yourself to others. It's easy to think their life is all roses, but you have no idea what is actually going on behind the scenes.

    http://www.mydarlingdays.blogspot.com

    • Very true, it's a lot easier to write all of these things out than it is to actually implement them. I completely agree with what you said about not comparing yourself with others as well, I'm guilty of doing that often and it only stumps your creativity and joy in my opinion.

  22. Cristina SF says:

    Thanks for the tips! I especially believe in committing and working for it!

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  23. I think you said what was most important… I'd say be patient but it goes into commit and work for it. 'Be brave' will go into 'don't limite yourself'. I think you pretty much sums it up. GReat post. loved reading it. xx
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  24. Charlotte says:

    Committing is so important. I see people all the time start things and not commit, I find it frustrating, not just for them but for me too as I might of been enjoying what they were doing or writing!
    Charlotte // http://www.charlottespicks.com

  25. I love the first picture and agree that good things take time – it's all about being patient and working your way to where you want. There's no fast-track and everything does happen in it's own time!!

    Hope you're well and having a wonderful weekend 🙂

    Layla xx

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  26. Missy May says:

    Don't limit yourself. Now that struck a code in me. Great tips here! Thanks for the encouragement.

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  27. Hannah Will says:

    Completely agree!

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  28. Encouraging tips, I think there's a lot to be said for having some self belief – it's far easier to put yourself down but that tends to spiral. We'll have to chant positive mantras to ourselves!

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    xx

  29. Ana Picazzo says:

    I think that if you really want something it's really easy to get disappointed when things don't happen right away, I love all the tips you mentioned, specially "work for it". Nothing in this life is for free, results and rewards will shoe after we work hard for what we want! The rest will come naturally!
    xx
    Ana
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    • I agree with absolutely everything you said, especially the part about how easy it is to get disappointed when things you really want to happen don't happen right away.

  30. Cara E says:

    This was such a helpful post to read, you always have the best tips! Hard work is definitely key x
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  31. Sarah Laird says:

    Completely agree with all your tips here – especially about not limiting yourself and absorbing as much info as possible! I think the person I find most successful is my dad and its funny considering how much he's achieved when he's such a laid back person but I suppose that's the point – hurry and things are more likely to go wrong, right? x

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  32. Really good tips! I definitely agree about working for stuff; nothing worthwhile comes easy x

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  33. Chelsea Finn says:

    I love this post! And you're right – continuing to nourish your mind is so important as an adult and I think it's something a lot of people forget about!
    xx Chelsea
    http://www.organizedmessblog.com

    • I agree, I think we get crammed full of so much information at school and uni when we're growing up that we almost resist taking in more info as we get older, until we reach that point where we kind of crave more knowledge and need to nourish our minds!

  34. Kate says:

    Super helpful…thank you so much! Beautiful blog!
    -Katelyn

    katelynrutt.com

  35. Fionna says:

    i agree with not over worrying because to me, either way things will end up the way they're gonna end up. yes, we can do certain things to try and change things but in the end, things will go the way they want to. good tips though xx

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  36. So many people want success but don't want to work for it! I loved reading this babe, really loved the Nourish Your Mind section!
    Kierra x Lavishingg

    • Thanks for the feedback Kierra and I really agree with you, I feel like everyone wants 'it' but then they're shocked when the things they want don't happen right away.

  37. veebz boo says:

    I loved this post, I'm always looking for motivational content and this was perfect. I really need to learn to stop the 'what ifs' and just go for it. I have definitely got better, but it's something that I still need to improve. Of course the most important thing of all is like you said, to work for it. I am the first person to say that I'm ridiculously impatient. But I've definitely come to realise that huge success never comes easy. It all comes down to how much you want that success I guess. I always think that the most deserving people in life are the ones that stick at something, through the good and the bad. Thanks so much for inspiring me girl, this post was so good.

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    • I'm always after motivational content as well which is part of the reason why I wrote this post, I kind of felt like I needed a kick in the ass myself. It's also nice to know that someone else out there is ridiculously impatient, that's me too! It's a quality in myself that I'm not too fond of so I constantly have to remind myself that good things take time, and that everything happens for a reason.

  38. Great post lovely, so many good points and tips. I am an over thinker and I think that can be a big down fall in some cases as well haha.

    Nicole xx | http://www.nicolesbeautybabble.com

  39. Brittney says:

    This post was so needed! You gave such good advice that I need to listen too!

  40. This post came perfect in time for me, thank you for the reminder! Xx

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  41. Rach DiMare says:

    Such great tips! Work for it is so important. I noticed some people don't understand why they aren't where they want to be and sometimes I want to tell them that they have to put in all the efforts!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  42. I think that commitment is one of the most important things when it comes to success. Loved this post!

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

  43. Great post! I'm agree with you. I think that work on it is important. Thanks for sharing!

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  44. I love the sponge analogy! I've watched a few TED talks and really enjoy them, they're so helpful and inspiring. Great tips as always 🙂
    Brigitte x

    brigittehayley.com | youtube.com/brigittehayley

    • Thanks Brigitte, I always forget to watch TED Talks regularly myself and then whenever I watch one I think to myself, "why the hell don't I watch these more often?!"

  45. Emma Spencer says:

    Such an inspiring post babe!! Persistence and determination definitely pays off!! Thank you for some fabulous motivation!! Xx

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  46. Ramsha' Rose says:

    I love this inspirational post because it all makes sense! We all limit ourselves for many reasons (everyone has reasons of their own) and it's very important to push ourselves as much as we possibily can. I believe commitment is everything! If you're committed to something and that thing makes you happy then you'll want to put all of your time, energy and hard work into making that thing a success! I really enjoyed reading this post beaut<3!

    Lots of love,
    Ramsha | Rose
    xxx

    • Ah thank you so much, and I really enjoyed reading your comment as well. It's true that we all limit ourselves and I think it's such a shame, we should be using that time and energy for much more positive and productive things, you know?

  47. Saara Sofia says:

    Brilliant points! It's always worth going the extra mile and getting out of your comfort zone!

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  48. Parie Joshi says:

    This is such a brilliant post, it all makes sense!

    Parie x
    classandglitter.com

  49. Erin Russell says:

    I just need to start pushing myself more, you really do get out what you put in! And I really plan on working on the blog for the next 6 months and really building up my profile 🙂

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  50. This is a great post for everyone no matter their walk of life.
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  51. These are such gorgeous points 🙂 Though I think committing and working hard are my absolute favorites! xo

    Kelsey | http://www.abalancingpeach.com

  52. Loved reading your thoughts and you are so right, this is a great topic!

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  53. Wow I really enjoyed reading this post. I used to watch TED talk videos, I might just start watching them again. Thanks for this post.

    Bobbie
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  54. Tiffany Legg says:

    Loved reading this. Really useful tips and advice here. x

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  55. Kookii Chan says:

    such a great post, I needed to hear this x
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  56. Kathryn says:

    I love this so much. You're definitely right, it's important to not limit yourself, and step out in confidence towards what you want to do! Very inspiring, thanks for sharing.

    Kathryn • The Fashionography

  57. Kayley says:

    These are really helpful tips and it's exactly what I needed to read today. I feel like you just gave me a pep talk, so thank you!

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  58. This post is so inspiring! Thank you SO much for sharing.
    Marilyn xx
    http://www.marilynnassar.wordpress.com

  59. Abby Evans says:

    I couldn't agree more with the suggestion to nourish your mind, both with information and with food, exercise, and sleep! Both have helped me so much!

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