5 Steps to Success

Ever wondered how successful people become successful? Through various studies, researchers have found some common habits amongst those regarded as the most successful in their field, whether that be measured in terms of wealth, reputation or impact they have had on the world, habits that seem to give them steps to success, utilising their life for accomplishment. Let’s have a look at these habits in depth, and discover how through five simple changes to your daily life, you yourself can develop some steps to success and greater achievement.

1. Reading

According to a 5-year study, 88% of wealthy people say they devote at least thirty minutes every single day to reading, specifically with the aim of furthering their own education and self-improvement. It is widely known that increased levels of reading puts you ahead in many areas, not least of which being a command of vocabulary and a broader understanding of the wider world.

In the first article of this series, I will explore some of the many abilities a heightened level of reading can bring you and how they can make you a more successful individual, how to fit this reading into your schedule so that it doesn’t put strain on your timetable, as well as what kind of books you should be reading.

2. Avoid time-wasting

One of the biggest, if not the biggest, problem that affects our productivity is procrastination and engaging in time-wasting activities when we should really be working on something more important and pressing. There are already a plethora of articles – especially on Careeba – detailing ways of avoiding procrastination, and I will revisit some of these top tips, specifically ones that are shown to be effective amongst successful people.

Whilst one side of dodging procrastination is avoiding it in the first place, another is organising yourself, your work space and your daily routine such that procrastination and time-wasting activities so that they can’t creep back in; being proactive in shaping your life so that you are not just not wasting time, but being as productive as possible with every hour of it. In the second article, I will explore some ways of shaping your time and environment to stimulate productivity.

3. Exercise

Exercise is something that many of us feel we should do, but never quite get round to. We walk past that pair of nice trainers and set of tennis rackets day after day, never picking them up to be used, either through a perceived lack of time in the day, or simply a lack of self-motivation. But, a great deal of successful people manage to find at least thirty minutes a day for aerobic exercise.

As well as all the well-known health benefits of regular exercise, an enjoyable workout has been known to stimulate happiness, which can help those in high-stress and anxiety-ridden roles, as is the case a lot of the time with the ambitious and successful. In the third article of the series I will look at the other benefits of exercise to professionals, how regular exercise can be one of your steps to success and how to fit that exercise into a working day.

4. Routine

Most successful individuals are immaculately organised, and so their schedules are well-oiled machines that allow them to be as productive as they can. They tend to have a daily routine, and more importantly morning routine, that is tailored to success. And, more importantly, they keep to it. Many of us have the expectation that setting a routine will make all our time-management problems disappear, but actually sticking to that routine is crucial.

In the fourth article I will detail things that should feature in your everyday routine – from early starts to regular mental breaks – that will shape your life for success and gear you up for a productive day every day, as well as how to build that routine to work for you in a way that you can genuinely keep to.

5. Persistence

It is no surprise that those of us that are the most successful are also the ones that have failed the most. Very few people get very lucky and have success fall into their lap; many of us have to work at it over many years, through a series of brutal failures. The real sign of someone who is destined for greatness is not to be knocked back through sheer determination and persistence.

In the final article of the series, I will outline some ways of mentally coping with failure, but more significantly using that failure to your advantage and as another of those steps to success in the future. As my Year 4 teacher used to say: “Mistakes are marvellous,” so long as we learn from them.



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