Successful people do things differently. They may not be smarter; they just understand the winning edge concept. Small weaknesses in certain areas can keep even smartest of individuals at low levels of achievement and income year after year, and most are not even aware of these weaknesses. Consistent application of ideas in this guide can lead to greater success faster than you imagine! Let us explore the key elements to success in life:
1. Use the law of attraction
You are a living magnet. Whatever stage of life you are at; it is due to your thoughts. Everything you have and will attract to yourself is by the way you think. So you can change your life by changing the person you are and your thoughts. Think of this as the first step to become successful and rich.
2. Manage your time well
Whether you want to achieve success in career or studies; an important thing to do is to get up early, manage time well and never waste other people’s time.Reach your destination with time to spare. Finish things and assignments on time. Do not procrastinate.
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3. Be self reliant
A key to success is to depend entirely on oneself. The more self reliant and self disciplined you are, the better it is for you. Discipline yourself so that others don’t have to.
4. Be grateful
All successful and rich people have one thing in common-they are always extremely grateful. The more grateful you are, the more success and abundance you will receive. So smile and thank the Universe for all the gifts it has bestowed on you. Always be grateful and on days you do not, try making a list of things you are grateful for. These can include things we take for granted such as good health, family, fresh air, clean water etc. Many people in the world do not have access to these basic things which we take for granted.
5. Learn from your mistakes
Mistakes will occur; but learning from them is the key to success in studies and career. Use mistakes as stepping stones. Better yourself constantly. Most importantly, be willing to change.
6. Manage money properly
Make sure to have a job and learn to manage your income and expenses accordingly. Take calculated risks. Invest money wisely. Know when to spend and ways to save. Give money to charity since donating money actually helps you grow it. Pay your bills on time to avoid penalties.
7. Keep a hobby
Successful people know when to turn it all off and take some time for themselves. If you are feeling burnt out, go away for a while. Also keep aside some time daily for a hobby. This will relax and rejuvenate you so you are energized to study or work with zeal.
8. Learn to say no
A successful person knows when to say no. Never question your integrity. Also knowing when to say yes is a key to success. Be true and honest to yourself. Decide exactly what you want.
9. Use words with caution
Hurtful words can destroy relationships and burn bridges. Know when to say sorry. Use words like please and thank you. Do not abuse and never let anyone abuse you. Be kind to everyone around you. Stay away from blame, control and guilt. Never tell people they are overreacting.
10. Invest in your health
Stay fit. Exercise daily. Eat healthy. Drink plenty of water. Sleep well. Avoid unhealthy habits like smoking and excess drinking.
11. Surround yourself with happy, successful people
This is the most important way to achieve success in career. Network continuously. Learn from peers and colleagues. Surround yourself with people who you can call your role models. Respect elders. Treat your parents with love and kindness. Be yourself yet learn to fit in at the same time.
12. Pay attention and plan in advance
To achieve success in studies or career, pay attention. Ask questions. Turn off your cell phone. Come prepared to class or meeting. Get to know your teacher/instructor/customer. Take notes which you can understand. Review notes with smart students/colleagues. Practice for the test/meetings. Get together with study partners/co-workers. Set goals and make plans to achieve them. Make sure you analyze your efforts from time to time.
13. Develop a positive mental attitude
Nobody likes people who are negative or who complain constantly. Be positive no matter what. Communicate positively and expect the best. Develop habits of courage and self confidence. Keep learning and bettering yourself so you automatically exude confidence.
14. Be nice
Work hard in order to achieve success in career and life but never let the success make you arrogant. Be nice and kind to all around you.
15. Let your personality shine!
Dress for success. Learn the rules of public speaking. Commit to excellence.