When it comes to success, there are a few basics skills you should not only have, but work on improving and mastering over time. They will greatly increase your chances of reaching your goals and making great things happen. Let’s quickly run through the list.
Success Skill # 1 Goal Setting
Your goals are your roadmap and compass. Without a goal, it’s hard to know what you should be working on or when you’ve succeeded. Always start by setting a well-defined goal and if possible put a deadline on it.
Success Skill # 2 Decision Making
A big part of being successful is making the right decisions. What path should you take, what should you work on next. Those are important choices that influence all aspects of your life. Get comfortable making decisions and learn what you can do to pick the right one more often than not. Practice and experience are great teachers here.
Success Skill # 3 Time Management
Time is our most limited resource. To make the most of if we have to get good at prioritization. That’s really what time management is all about. It’s deciding what’s most important and what will have the biggest impact. Then you figure out how to make it happen in the most time efficient manner.
Success Skill # 4 Organization
If you’re unorganized, it’s hard to figure out what needs to happen next. It’s also a huge time waster to look around for bits and pieces. Make getting and staying organized a priority, and you’ll be amazed at how much more you can get done.
Success Skill # 5 Focus
Our world is full of distractions. Being able to tune everything else out and work on one task at a time is important. It’s what focus is all about.
Success Skill # 6 Discipline
Discipline has become a bit of a bad word. What this skill is really about is persistence. You have to work towards your success goals on a regular basis. Do something to move you forward every day if possible.
Success Skill # 7 Effective Communication
We work with other people. We deal with co-workers, customers, friends and family members. Being able to communicate effectively (both when speaking and in writing) helps us work better together and more efficiently. Clear communication also prevents misunderstandings, which can be a drain on time and energy.
Success Skill # 8 Networking
Success will come much faster if you’re able to leverage other people around you. Network so you have a group of people you can ask for feedback, advice, and support. They can help you avoid mistakes and get you in touch with others who can help you along the way.
Success Skill # 9 Positivity
Staying positive seems like such an ethereal concept, but being able to keep up a good attitude has a big impact on your overall success and quality of life. You’ll have more fun and stay more motivated when you can tap into positivity. Look for the good in anything that happens along your success journey.
Success Skill # 10 Patience
Last but not least, you need to embrace patience. Success doesn’t happen overnight. You have to be in this for the long run. Lean to be patient and celebrate your little successes along the way.
Reaching our big life goals and becoming successful is a lot of work…
…it can seem quite overwhelming at times.
That’s why it’s important to enlist some help. You don’t have to do this alone. In fact, you’ll increase your chances of success when you tap into a network.
This network should consist of people who are doing what you’re doing and perhaps a few of them have already succeeded. In essence, you want to build a network of peers and mentors.
They will help you stay motivated, stay on task, and help you avoid mistakes and stumbling blocks.
A mentor can point you in the right direction and help you map out the fastest path to your goal. You can mastermind with a group of peers and pull your resources. There’s something to be said for both coaching and tapping into the “hive mind.”
Use them to your advantage and get good at networking.
Books worth reading:
One of the most popular books about success ever – The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. If you haven’t read it yet, put it on top of your list.
Rewire Your Mind: How To Change Your Mind To Live A Successful And Positive Life On Your Own Terms by Jennifer Ferguson
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