The little blog post for achieving success

Activate your life. Work out what you want from life and take action to achieve it. Do it now.

Begin with the end in mind

Enjoy the present while working towards your future. Enjoy the journey and the destination.

Dare to dream.

Put in effort, the effort that leads to success.

Unlearn your fears.

Make a habit of setting yourself challenging, specific goals which have a deadline and check your progress. Goals are dreams with a deadline

Set your goals high to achieve your full potential. Remember that the outcome is not everything. There are successes on the way.Shoot for the moon, even if you will miss, you will land among the stars. Achieving 65% of the impossible is better than achieving 100% of the ordinary. Setting impossible goals and achieving part of them sets you on a completely different path than the safe route.

Split your goals into smaller ones.The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first. This helps to improve your self efficacy. Self-efficacy is a person’s belief in his or her ability to succeed in a given situation. Breaking a goal into chunks helps people with even low self efficacy to achieve goals. Plan in advance the steps that will be taken to achieve a goal( including when, where and how the action will be taken). This is the process of implementation intention.

Do not procrastinate. The reasons we procrastinate are two. One is fear of failure. Rather than view failure as negative, we have to view failure as a good result and see it as a learning opportunity.The other is task aversion,  because we view it as painful and not pleasurable. Review it so that you view it as pleasurable and not painful. Find a goal that involves doing things you enjoy. Decrease the activation energy needed to complete a task.

Keep going and do not stop.When we do things we will fail. But keep going, bouncing back. Learn from it. Find meaning in the failure.

Learn every day with every act. Ask yourself-What is the silver lining? Learn from you failure. See what might have gone wrong and do something to rectify it. Focus on what you have to do to get ahead and not wallowing in negative emotions.Remember that you have more to become.

Model the success you want to get. Success leaves clues. Model others who have achieved success that you want. Mirror neurons fire when you see others doing a task and that is why modelling helps. However you need to find the right recipe( the exact resources and methods)

Measure your progress and measure the activities that lead you to your goal.You have to know where you stand and where you want to go, or else it isn’t going to happen. Numbers bring clarity.Feedback on our progress improves success rates, because:it gives you a fabulous feeling and makes you fired up when you know you are progressing towards your goal.It helps you adjust your strategy if you are not making progress. We like playing games and reaching mini-goals can be like winning a game.You have to use both leading indicators (how much you exercise and what is your diet)and lagging indicators( weight loss)

Keep a look out for opportunities to achieve your goal.Seek and ye shall find.Our attention is selective. By setting goals we focus our attention. We then can see things that help us achieve our goals. Regular reviewing of goals helps to remind your brain to constantly look for opportunities that are all around that you might not see.

Preparation is essential. Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.Just like the Chinese Bamboo tree. The fruits of your efforts may not be immediately clear but if you keep on nurturing your dream it can blossom. Preparation includes: knowledge expansion, logistical preparation, skill development, physical preparation and mental preparation. The better you have all round preparation, the better your chance of success become.There are no shortcuts to life’s greatest achievements. Lasting success rarely happens overnight, instead it is a process of putting effort into something for years before it finally takes off.

Mini targets or quick wins keeps you motivated. Break your goals into small sub-goals. Achieving these sub-goals helps you get pleasure and keeps you motivated. You will get a regular surge of dopamine having a series of quick wins. Win small, win early, win often.

Remember the Rosenthal effect.The label that you are given, and your interaction with others who are aware of that label, can have a significant impact on the results that you achieve. This occurs even when you do not know that you have even been given that label. This phenomenon is called the Rosenthal effect or the Pygmalion effect. If you want to fly with the eagles you can’t continue to scratch with the turkeys. If someone believes in you and encourages you, you can succeed. If someone undermines your confidence, you are more likely to fail. So choose the people you spend time with carefully. Their influence has a marked bearing on your success. Associations are subtle and powerful. Ask yourself –  Who am I surrounding myself with and what impact are they having upon me? Learn to spot those who are supporting you and who are holding you back-spend more time with the former and less time with the latter. Take action to prevent negative people from dragging you down and stopping you reaching your goals.

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great. Ask these questions:

How positive is he about his life?
How much success he has achieved?
How much does he believe genuinely in my ability to succeed?
How much does he genuinely want me to succeed?

Have self belief. We do not have to accept another person’s label of us. Question the basis people have for their advice, finding evidence to the contrary.It is easier to avoid the effects of others negativity when we question if an action or attitude is appropriately directed at us. If it isn’t, we can choose to sidestep it and let it pass. Believe in yourself. Don’t accept the fear and negativity, focus instead on the possibility. Have self belief and overcome the negative opinions and labels of others- their prophecies are often unfounded and we can best overcome them by proving them wrong.

Form a team. There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others. Success may often appear an individual pursuit, but in truth there is a support network behind every individual.Whatever goal you have set yourself, try to take somebody on the journey with you who has an interest in you achieving your goal and who will support you.You current networks, coaches, mentors or other dedicated groups can provide you with the support that will sustain you in the pursuit of your goal.

Deal with pressure.We all process pressure and experience stress differently according to our personality. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator classifies people as J type or P type J-Judging type: They plan a lot. Doing things at the last-minute causes pressure. P-preference type:They do things at the last-minute. That does not create pressure and they thrive in it. Use this to plan how to do things. There are also some things that you can do to perform under pressure.

  • Learn to interpret your body signals differently. Use the ABCDE technique
  • Use a pre-performance routine: positive routine to prevent focus on negative thinking
  • Use positive self talk
  • Visualise yourself succeeding
  • Get a decent amount of sleep.

Visualise success. Picture your route to success and you can have some powerful results. Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s attractions.You will be able to improve the quality and quantity of your achievements by mental rehearsal, performing the steps you will need to take in order to accomplish them.

Be happy. Focus on being happy and that will also help you succeed. Our happiness levels can define our longevity, improve health, improve career success and our ability to cope. By feeling positive you are likely to perform better at activities than if you are feeling negative. Become aware of outside forces that are trying to make you picture things negatively and distance yourself from them. Train your brain to appreciate regularly the things for which you are grateful by writing down five things you are grateful for.Modern society has put the cart before the horse. In the past we thought that if you worked hard and were successful, then you would be happy. Turns out we have gotten the order all wrong.

Go the extra mile. Ask yourself- Will it help you to move towards your goal faster? Will it help you achieve your goal faster.This is a practical way of helping you to make decisions on a day-to-day basis that can make or break succeeding in your goal.Work smarter and not necessarily harder while going the extra mile. Ask yourself whether there is anything that you are doing habitually that is holding you back from achieving your potential. Switch away from bad habits that are holding you back. Create new habits by bringing your attention to how each activity contributes to your success. Time and energy are precious- use them smartly and don’t accept, just because that’s the way it’s always been done, it is the best way in your circumstances Rather than exist with your current habits, create new beneficial habits that will help you achieve.

Be positive. Strive to have a mind-set of. “Yes, I can do this”, not, “No, I can’t” and you will be more likely to succeed. To do this view bad events as temporary, do not give universal explanations for bad events and attribute events to an external cause. Exercise delayed gratification and  have faith that foregoing short-term pleasures will enable them to achieve long-term goals. Use the ABCDE technique  for developing optimism.

Live your life with zeal. Remember that if you can dream it, you can do it. Have great energy and enthusiasm for your goal and it will pay off.