10 Practical Habits of Success
Success comes in many shapes and sizes. While we may not always agree on exactly what “success” means — we all define it a bit differently — it is still something most people strive to achieve. But how?
However you may define success, the good news is there are some common habits we can develop to build a strong foundation to increase our chances of achieving it. Below are 10 “practical” habits — at first glance — that almost anyone can develop. Consider adding the 10 Practical Habits of Success to your toolbox of success.
1. Establish An Effective Routine.
Establishing an effective routine can help improve your focus, organization, as well as maximize productivity. During times of change, uncertainty, and unpredictability, implementing “structure” to your day can provide a sense of control — which leads to better mental health.
2. Follow Through.
When you make a commitment, whether it be to yourself, to others, or to your job, it is important that you follow through — or do your very best to follow through — with whatever you have committed to achieving. Committing to and following through on commitments demonstrates integrity and is essential to achieving success.
3. Set Realistic Goals.
Setting realistic short-term and long-term goals can help to motivate you and keep you on track towards achieving whatever you are striving for. It is important, however, to make sure your goals are realistic and achievable. Setting goals either too high or too low can be discouraging.
4. Take Risks.
Anytime you make a decision or choice, you are taking a risk because there are no guarantee’s in life. Are you willing to do or try something different? I hope so, for your sake. Successful people take risks. Some risks may fail. As long as you learn from it, that’s okay. Other risks lead to opportunities.
5. Stay Organized.
A great way to keep on track of all of your goals, commitments, and routines are to stay organized. Staying organized by having a plan and making sure to stick to it can make a world of difference in staying motivated, reducing stress, and, again, reaching your goals.
6. Respect Yourself.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Did you just sing with me)? Respecting yourself is important. If you don’t respect yourself, you will struggle with every decision you’ll ever make, how you treat yourself, and even how you allow other people to treat you. Simply put, you can’t give away what you don’t have. Respect yourself.
7. Visualize Success.
A great way to help you reach goals is to visualize success. Positive visualization can not only help you reach an attainable goal, but can also serve as a reminder of why you are actually striving to reach the goal. Visualizing success can reinvigorate one’s drive and keep them motivated.
8. Take 100% Responsibility.
Taking 100% responsibility for mistakes is a sign of maturity, and is essential when striving for success. Owning up to your mistakes, and taking responsibility, for them can not only provide you with valuable lessons but can also prove to be a display of integrity in the eyes of others.
9. Utilize Resources.
Surrounding oneself with the correct resources can really help you focus and move towards your goals. Take advantage of educational resources and networking opportunities. This will not only broaden your knowledge, but will also increase your chances of achieving success.
10. Take Initiative.
Taking initiative is the ability to be resourceful and to take action — without having to be told exactly what to do — to make something happen. Taking initiative is a great way to prove to yourself — and others — that you are serious and willing to go the extra mile. You must be willing put in the effort and think for yourself. No can do it for you. If you need help, ask. Don’t expect — and rely on others — to accomplish tasks and achieve goals for you. Taking initiative requires confidence, determination, resilience, and the willingness to work hard for whatever you want.
While achieving success can be difficult, the 10 Practical Habits of Success offer a strong foundation to help you tackle your major goals and aspirations. Having something to aim for — and developing practical habits into daily life — will help you to continue to move forward in spite of any obstacles.