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Seven Success Practices
Seven Success Practices
A majority of people in the Western world, especially those who are concerned with achieving success, have heard of the wildly popular book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. In this book, Covey shows his readers what kinds of habits that highly effective people utilize on a consistent basis. The principles in this book are timeless and transcendent, and if practiced diligently, they will certainly have the strong capacity to change your life in a positive way.
However, most people not only want to be effective, which is having influence, but they also want to be highly successful. Unfortunately, success is an elusive concept for many, many people. There are various reasons for this, from having a preconceived idea on what constitutes success, namely; financial prosperity, to not knowing how to achieve success in their specific endeavor. The truth is that success means different things to different people.
Although this is certainly the case, there are universal practices that govern the art of having a successful life. What is even greater is that it does not matter what the goal is. From wanting to be a successful parent to having a prosperous business, these practices will put an individual on the fast track to receive enormous benefits and blessings. Below are the seven habits that most, if not all, highly successful people practice on a consistent basis in pursuit of their goals.
Successful people are specific about what they want out life.
The truth is that most unsuccessful people cannot even discern what it is they want out of life or they are generally vague. Even more, if they do discover what they want it is usually only a mere reflection of the desires of their friends and family. These desires will quickly and ultimately fizzle out after a period of time, because they do derive from the unique personality and passions of the individual. Therefore, in order to be successful, you must understand yourself and practice strong individuality.
Successful people are diligent in pursuit of their goals.
Although there are many attributes that contribute to success, the most important and significant is diligence. One of the most successful people in early American history, founding father Benjamin Franklin, called diligence the mother of good luck. Most people who seem lucky in life in reality are extremely diligent people. Diligence is defined as persistent, careful, and methodical effort toward the completion of a goal. Diligent people rightly understand that success does not happen overnight and that there will be many obstacles along the way. In order to overcome these obstacles, diligence commands the need to be flexible in the attainment of the goal. Therefore, people who are diligent do not give up easy at the first sign of trouble. They just change their methods, but never their goals.
Successful people surround themselves with other successful people.
If you want to be successful, you have got to distance yourself from toxic, negative, and chronically unsuccessful people. Most successful people refuse to spend large amounts of time, if any at all, around these types of people. Whatever your goals are in life, you have got to find ways to meet and network with people who have and personify what you desire. You will need to learn and mimic their speech, habits, and thought patterns. Secondly, you will need to find mentors. This is an irrefutable fact that the great majority of successful people have strong mentors and role models. If you are having a difficult time finding a mentor then you should invest your time and money in books, cd’s, dvd’s, and seminars.
Successful people are voracious readers
People who attain success in life are avid readers and learners. High levels of success require high levels of knowledge and education. However, the education does not always have to be formal, but there does need to be a consistent effort to accrue knowledge. In this information age that we live in, finding the resources necessary to be on top of the game has never been easier. People who read and learn continuously are also known to have superior written and verbal communication skills, which, in turn, will increase the likelihood of success.
Successful people are early risers
There has never been a person in the history of mankind who has achieved a considerable amount of success who sleeps a lot and is lazy. Successful people rise well before sunrise and begin to plan out their day. In order to do this, you must be essentially be able to discipline yourself and go to bed at a decent hour. Most people who practice this discipline will not stay up past 11:00 pm and will not sleep past 6:00 am. Benjamin Franklin once stated, “Early to be bead and early rise makes one wealthy and wise”.
Successful people are usually physically fit and healthy
Although there are people who have achieved success who are not always in the best health, this is the exception and not the rule. In order to have the mental, emotional, and physical energy required for the many obstacles that will inevitably come in the pursuit of success, wise people will need to ensure that they will utilize the means necessary to sustain their long term goals. This is why meditation, prayer, and exercise are all essential tools, because they have the capacity to reduce stress and increase vitality.
Successful people have a positive mindset
This is a habit that many people hear all of the time. Unfortunately most do not understand or practice the power of positive thinking. It is certainly very easy to be negative when all you have ever known is failure, but the fact of the matter is that this very negativity is what perpetuates chronic failure. If you find every reason why something will not work, your subconscious and conscious mind will produce that reality through your manifested actions. Remember that your present state of mind is nothing more than a product of habitual inner discourse. Therefore, choose today to start thinking positively! A good place to start is by the reading the book, The Power of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale.