There are many techniques and strategies used by winners that set them apart from the all-too-common mediocrity. Before we dive into the five strategies, it’s worth reminding ourselves that we all posses the ability to achieve massive success in every aspect of our lives: financially, spiritually, and emotionally.
Personal development is a life long process that never ends. Those who pursue it systematically are the people most likely to live happy fulfilled lives.
Here are the five strategies successful people use to get ahead of the rat race.
1.) Winners Know Their Purpose
A life without purpose is like a ship without a rudder. That cliché is old as the Earth but it’s true. It is vital to see the big picture of life’s task well in advance. This is the only way you will properly prepare yourself—mentally and physically—to do the work necessary to excel at your work.
Even though much of life is on the job training, you can save yourself much hassle (and headaches) by anticipating change and knowing what your goals are in advance. And finally, winners know their outcome in advance. Their vision is crystal clear and winners know when they hit the inevitable road blocks, they simply change their approach until they finally breakthrough.Read More →
Whether we are consciously aware of it or not—the results we get out of life come from our belief systems. The actions we take determine the results we get. As logical and simple as that notion is, most people cognitively don’t understand where their current level of thinking and behavior come from.
Origin of Beliefs
Much of society carries similar religious, political beliefs, and overall attitudes that our parents passed down to us—for better or worse. We all have various beliefs that shape the way we view the world. Ultimately each belief helps shape our mind into the actions and lifestyle we choose.
For example, if someone believes they have no chance of developing a business system that will generate passive income in the future, then they will never begin the process of getting the ball going in that direction. Since they can’t imagine developing the necessary skills for financial freedom, they don’t read the books, take the courses, or go to the seminars necessary to become financially literate.
This holds true for almost everything we engage in. People who are overweight with low self-esteem are more likely to think of themselves as “fat”. Because of this negative labeling internalized, the chances are diminished that person will take action to lose weight.
Your habits and beliefs are the foundation that either build you up or tear you down. There is no in between on this. If you spend 35 hours a week watching TV—the average viewing time here in America—and your name is not Leonard Maltin, you have a problem.
Fearful and negative beliefs have a terrifying effect on your attitude and what actions you end up taking. These beliefs are so subtle in many cases that people who haven’t developed a high level of self-awareness will probably never spot them. To change any kind of self-limiting belief requires a shift in mindset.Read More →
I believe the secret to success—the real secret—can be summed up in one word: progress. Progress is the cornerstone of achievement in anything in life. Progress is what keeps us alive and growing as humans. The moment we stop searching for information, feedback, and knowledge to improve ourselves, ignorance sets in.
While many of us know this cognitively, far fewer practice this advice. To measure our progress, we must have a level of awareness where we check and capture feedback with data. This is especially true in many businesses like advertising where you need hard facts to show whether an ad campaign is profitable or unprofitable over a given period of time.
Measure and Manage Progress
Peter Drucker was known for saying, “What gets measured, gets managed.” This principle applies to any skill you want to improve on, not just business. Measuring progress is essential to optimizing our overall potential.
I will give an example of measuring progress by using golf since it’s a simple example to understand. The best way to improve in golf is to keep track of not only your overall score, but also the various factors that make or break your scoring rounds. When I play I keep track of three different statistics for my round.
1.) How many fairways I hit
2.) How many greens in regulation I hit
3.) How many putts-per-hole I had
By doing this, I break down my performance into categories that show what my current strengths and weaknesses are. This allows me to pinpoint my weak spots to know which areas I need more practice in. If I hit only half the fairways for the last three rounds I played, I know I need to work on my accuracy off the tee. (In reality, it’s my short game that currently needs practice!)Read More →
Sports commentators and people alike describe world-class athletes and successful people as having a mindset of a champion—or champion mindset. What does that mean specifically though?
There is a myth in society that goes something like this: highly successful people are genetically gifted—either intellectually, physically, or both—and posses a higher level of thinking that the majority of people are not capable of. People who buy into this notion usually have a rigid attitude towards learning new skills and information.
If someone has something you want, it’s not because they hit the genetic jackpot or got lucky. They developed a system of rituals and a process that lead them to success.
1.) Fixed Mindset- These are people who have the belief that talent, acquisition of skill level, among other things, are fixed assets or character traits. They have the belief—whether consciously or subconsciously—that little can be done to change any of the aforementioned abilities above. At the fundamental core, those with fixed mindsets believe people can’t change.
2.) Growth Mindset- Those who have the growth mindset on the other hand are people who subscribe to the philosophy that any skill, habit, and knowledge can increase through deliberate practice, patience, and persistence.
The person who has a fixed mindset overall is going to have a radically different approach towards learning than someone with a growth mindset. Obviously someone can posses a mix of both mindsets depending upon the circumstances. The point is to illustrate how powerful of an effect the two different mindsets can have on a person’s approach to solving complex issues in life.Read More →
If you are breathing, you have engaged in self-sabotaging behavior at some point in your life.
Self-sabotage happens when your behavior actively disengages you from your best interests. In other words, you engage in certain activities and behaviors that are poisonous to living a self-fulfilled life.
This could be another drink for an alcoholic or another Denny’s Grand Slam breakfast to someone who’s obese. In most cases, people aren’t aware they are sabotaging themselves since the effects of their behavior might not show up for months or years down the line.
The Root of Self-Sabotage Behavior
The choices we make in life—both in the way we think about something and the subsequent actions we take—define our results. Self-sabotaging behavior at its core comes from making many poor decisions over an extended period.
In the beginning of this process these small, seemingly insignificant choices do not seem that important on the surface. The poor decisions eventually form a habit where the thoughts and actions become registered in the subconscious mind automatically without you even realizing it. Engaging in self-sabotaging behavior long enough will eventually spawn a crisis.Read More →