“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” — Robert Collier
Success often takes years of effort, and that’s one major reason why many procrastinate on their goals and dreams. Aside from that, many people just wait for the perfect opportunity to come, that’s why they never start. Decades pass and they wake up one day, too old and too tired, to start pursuing their dreams. This is what Oliver Wendell Holmes meant when he said, “Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.”
While it usually takes time to become successful at something, we have to remember that almost all great achievements are the result of thousands of seemingly insignificant little acts. Like building a castle brick by brick, the things you do day after day counts. The habits you develop will determine your level of success.
Now think: When was the last time you developed a new good habit? When did you actually work on improving yourself? Are you still hoping to finally put into action your new year’s resolutions? Stop waiting and start now! You’ll thank yourself later on.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” — An Old Proverb
What success habit will you start next?
- Set Goals – While few people plan to become failures, not a lot of people plan to become successes either. What have you planned for your future? Without concrete goals, you’ll waste all your time and effort getting nowhere. Write down your biggest goals and review them daily and where you stand in achieving them to give your life direction.
- Continuous Self-improvement – Learn more to earn more. You can achieve anything you want in life IF you’ve learned how. When did you last learn new skills or improve on the ones you already know?
- Breathe Gratitude – Be thankful for what you already have & make it a habit to count your blessings.
- Stop complaining – Complaining wastes time and effort which you could have spent solving problems, and it also destroys your reputation. Don’t forget that complainers aren’t as welcome as contributors and problem solvers.
- Improve your productivity – Have you learned to be more effective at work and in your business? Work smart, not only hard. More hours in the office doesn’t always mean being more productive. (Click link to read how you can become more effective at work)
- Think long-term – Those who make decisions and act based on how it will positively affect their future tend to be more successful. (Click link for tips on long-term planning.)
- Adopt a personal finance management system – Learn to take care of your finances and stop wasting money on unnecessary wants. (Click link to know how you can do this.)
- Save money – Keep your expenses in check and be wise about how you spend your money.
- Start Investing – Invest your income in assets that increase in value over time and stop wasting all of your money on unnecessary luxuries that break down in a few months.
- Take care of your health – Your negligence can cost you in the future. You won’t just lose money due to medical bills, you’ll also lose time and opportunities because you’re too sick to function.
- Build great relationships – Our happiness is correlated to the quality of our relationships. How’s your personal relationship with your family and closest friends?
- Leadership – Whether it’s for your career or business, few people succeed unless other people want them to. Have you learned how to give and receive feedback, develop the skills and abilities of your team, restore your organization’s focus, and other things required of good leaders?
- Give your Personal Best – This is a lesson from John Wooden: “When you give your total effort – everything you have – the score can never make you a loser. And when you do less, it can’t somehow magically turn you into a winner.” Half-hearted attempts rarely succeed. Give your best at in everything you do and it will improve your chances of winning in life.
- Perseverance – The cornerstone of all habits- you have to continue despite the absence of visible progress. Change strategies if you have to, but persevere until you achieve your goals.
These are just some examples of great habits you might want to start. Whatever you do, if it’s an action that can lead to a positive improvement, you better start now. Start small and persevere until the habit becomes as easy as brushing your teeth before bed. When you’re done learning one good habit, that’s when you start the next one!
Keep making positive changes and you’ll be surprised at what you will achieve.
“One of life’s realities is that major improvements take time; they don’t happen overnight.” — Jack Canfield