Success Habits

What does being successful truly mean to you?

We look at the lives of successful people and say to ourselves “Wow!! What a way to live” or think that they have had an easy life. It is partly true and yes some people are born in privileged families and did not have to work as hard you you are working right now but as Bill Gates said, “If you are born poor its not your mistake, But if you die poor its your mistake.”

Everyone  wants to be successful and no one wants to live a mediocre life then why is it that only top 10 or 20 percent of the people achieve success in their lives. I would often complain that I don’t have enough time and I have a lot of things going on right now and I can’t just find the time. But you do realize that each day you get 24 hours just like everyone else does and maybe you don’t have your priorities right or you are not managing your time effectively. Most people know that they can be successful but they are not willing to put in the effort and work to achieve their success.

You are not like most people, are you? The fact that you are here tells me that you really want to be successful and are trying to find that secret formula to achieve success however there is no secret to being successful. If you want to be successful you are going to need to change a few things around your life and the best way to start is to realize why so many people strive and wish for success but never truly achieve it.

Until a few years ago, I would imagine that I’d win the lottery someday and achieve success in life. Here’s the funniest part of my plan to be successful, I never bought a lottery ticket. I wanted to be successful or rather i wished to be successful but i had set myself for failure at winning even before the numbers were drawn. My odds of winning the lottery at best were zero.

Most of us go through this every-day, we want to be successful but we either want it too fast & give up too  early or we set unrealistic goals and get disheartened when we don’t get there. Sometimes all we do is just keep wishing and wanting and waiting for success to happen.

In my experience, being successful is a state that you have to maintain, a continual process; it is a culmination of your choices, your decisions and actions. You get successful by learning from your mistakes, by being focused on your goal. Your mood, will power, your current skills or lack of it has nothing to do with your success.

It’s about achieving small victories each day that helps you build a momentum so great that you are virtually unstoppable.

By building great habits you lay the foundation to be successful which act as force multiplier in every effort you put towards your goal.

Force multiplication, in military usage, refers to an attribute or a combination of attributes which make a given force more effective than that same force would be without it.

The unfortunate truth is that most people are not willing to invest in themselves to cultivate these habits as we are so used to instant gratification. But to make a lasting change it is imperative you put in the efforts and work at it slowly but consistently.

By building great habits you set yourself for daily success.

When I realized I was overweight a  couple of years ago, i started to run. It was a drag at first as I could hardly keep up for a couple of minutes before i would be out of breath. It was pure hell for me because i realized I was badly out of shape. I would run then start walking when i was out of breath but i did it consistently for a month, a month of constant struggle and soon enough i started seeing result. From running non-stop for 2 minutes i went to 11 and then 15 and to do so I had to constantly push myself and track my progress until i was at a point where i could run 5 km in under 30 minutes. I learnt a very important lesson, you cannot achieve your goal overnight and you have to work at it every day consistently and monitor your progress. One of the greatest struggle for me was to put on my shoes and get out of the house and slowly it became a routine so inbuilt that I didn’t even have to consciously think about it. It became a habit.

I learnt that successful people are successful not only because they are highly motivated but they have built great habits for themselves.

Habit: A settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.

The only secret to success is to constantly work at improving yourself i.e making self-improvement a habit.