The most successful people have three things in common: a positive attitude, the drive to succeed and the habits in place to help them reach their goals. One of my mentors said if you work harder on your business than you do on your job, you’ll go from making a living to making a fortune.
Rethink Your Mindset
If you want to think positively, you have to put the good stuff in. It’s easy to get caught up in negativity—if you surround yourself with negative people and zone out watching reality shows every night, it’s sure to have an impact on your thinking. However, if you change the way you think, you’ll change how you live. Start filling your mind with positive and inspirational books, podcasts, music and movies, and begin seeking out positive people. Before long, your outlook will change. You’ll find that you no longer see problems; you see opportunities to learn and grow.
Motivation is what helps you stay focused on your journey to achieving success. However, it’s hard to maintain your motivation over the long-term. Zig Ziglar famously said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.” When you wake up in the morning, what motivates you to get out of bed and conquer your day? Some people have a mantra or post an inspirational quote where they can see it; others start the day reading affirmations or reviewing their goals. Whatever it is, find what motivates you and make time to do it daily.
Adopt the Right Habits
Your habits are a reflection of who you are and what you value. If you spend your day surfing the Internet, checking the latest sports scores and ducking out for a break every few minutes, it’s clear that you’re not successful. Successful people became that way through hard work and good habits. They time-block their schedules to optimize their time and energy so that the most important tasks are completed while they still have a full tank. They reduce the number of decisions they have to make so that they can focus on the activities that drive their businesses.