Everyone wants to be a success in their lives. Whether it be taking on the world of business, finding ourselves a family to love or becoming that person we’ve always wanted to be.
Success doesn’t come easy, it takes a huge amount of hard work and dedication. There are people all over the world who spend every minute of every day striving for what they believe in and getting what they want out of life, so why can’t you?
If you have no idea where to start, here are some ways to become successful this year…
- Focus on commitment
If you look at some of the most successful people in the world such as Saʿud ibn Saqr al-Qasimi, Bill Gates and Richard Branson… they all have one thing in common: they are totally committed to what they believe in. Are you willing to sacrifice your time and resources to get what you want out of life? It’s not enough to be motivated to do things, you need to show that you are totally committed to the cause.
- Seek knowledge
The way that many successful people stay focused and willing to work is by always learning more about their subject. There is always more that you can learn about in life, and it is the willingness to explore and experiment in the field which will keep you afloat and help you truly immerse yourself into this world. You need to stay in the mentality that the discovery is just as fun as getting the results. If you keep this frame of mind you will be much more likely to succeed.
- Make it fun
Just because you might be working incredibly hard to get what you want doesn’t mean it can’t be fun along the way. It is your life and your decisions, make sure that you make the most of it and have a little fun with everything as you go. You will find that your motivation will stay much higher if you have some fun with your work.
- Get rid of negative thoughts
It can be incredibly difficult to shake those nagging doubts which creep up when you are trying to work towards your dream. Thoughts which compromise the way we think can be dangerous and will be able to affect the way we feel and our motivation to carry on with work. Make sure to put these thoughts on the back burner and focus on everything which is positive about what you are doing right now.
- Use your imagination
Once you have rid all of those negative thoughts from your mind, you will want to get your imagination involved in everything. Set yourself a challenge to think of everything in a positive way for a few days. It can be difficult to put a positive spin on a difficult boss or a late bus, but if you use your imagination to think of what that person taught you and the fresh air to chain by being outside, you will start to feel much better even if the situation hasn’t changed! This can be what sets you apart from everyone else because you learn the ability to put a positive spin on situations and make the most out of what you have. This will in turn help you keep that motivation to get what you want in life.
- Be hard on yourself
You will probably notice that most of the articles out their about life tell yo tos top being so hard on yourself, however that might be exactly the kick up the butt you need to take action. In order to motivate yourself to do better in life you need to start acting hard on yourself. Think about all of the times you have throughout about working out or cooking a healthy meal and instead have stayed at home and eaten a takeaway. This is the time you need to look at yourself and take some action. Force yourself to buy a piece of clothing which is a tiny bit too small. Try it on every single day as a reminder of your goals and you will find that you reach it much more easily. The trick is to blackmail yourself in a way so that you will do what you need to do in order so stay successful.
- Get rid of distractions
When you sit down to work on your project or learn something new, put the phone away and on silent. The last thing you want is to be distracted by the thought of answering text messages or checking your Facebook. Think about how much time scrolling through your phone can take up, when you could have been working on what you want and honing your skills. Make sure though that you do leave yourself enough time to relax and reset in the evening before you go to bed.
- Don’t rely on others
Although it’s amazing to have your partner, your family and your friends there to support you during achieving your goals, you cannot rely on them to make you do it. Don’t let your partner be the one who has to remind you to workout or write another page of your book, you need to be your own motivation.
It is always important to plan out everything in our lives and take the time to give ourselves reminders. Try to always be three steps forward from where you are, and plan for when you will be spending time on your project. It is incredibly important to plan out and write ourselves a weekly calendar to schedule in the time to complete these tasks within it. It could even be a great idea for you to start a bullet journal to keep yourself on track. It I’ll allow you to set yourself weekly goals and also daily tasks to complete to keep you motivated and so that you always know what you need to be doing on any given day.
- Protect yourself from burnout
It is very easy to be motivated for a couple of weeks and feel as if you have nailed this habit, and then end up burning out and quitting altogether. It is a sad fact that this often happens to us, and is often the downfall of many New Year’s resolutions. If you don’t protect yourself from burning out you will never be able to succeed and all of your goals will end up being forgotten.
You need to recognise when it is time to step back and take a rest from your work. Resting is almost as important and completing the task itself because your body needs that time to compute all of the information you have fed it as well as reset and refresh for the next day. If we don’t give our mind and body the time to rest, it doesn’t matter how motivated we are. Our body and mind will eventually both shut down due to fatigued and you will not be able to do anything at all.
Make sure that you always work to the best of your ability and make the time you have to work on it productive. There’s no point booking out an hour in your day and then just sitting there staring at your yoga mat or your computer. Plan out what needs to be done and then once you have completed what you wanted to do, shut the computer down and have a rest.