What Successful People Do Differently
It doesn’t take much for me to start feeling overwhelmed and unsuccessful. It’s been a part of my nature since I can remember.
One particular (and not-so-flattering) way in which “overwhelm” physically manifests in my life is through the compulsive habit of biting my nails — along with picking at my fingers. (Yup, like I said, it’s not flattering at all.)
It’s a habit I’ve had for years. A habit that I’ve never been particularly proud of.
But instead of beating myself up over it, (and this is the important part) I’ve learned to use obsessive nail biting as an indicator for the need to step back, re-evaluate my life from a different perspective, and transform the underlying anxiety into something helpful.
Helpful as in moving past the shame I feel (of being an adult and still biting my nails), into figuring out the reason WHY I bit them in the first place:
This is the “Ah-Ha” I came up with (as Oprah would call it):
I bite my nails when I unconsciously believe
that a problem in my life is too tough to handle
and that I have no clue in how
I’m going to go about resolving it.
Successful People Value Small Awareness’s
“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”
~ Robert Collier
Yes, I admit it’s not a BIG realization. However, small awareness’s (like the one above) have the power to jolt me out of overwhelm quick and move me to a productive state of conscious problem-solving and therefore, greater success.
Even better is that they have the power to do that for you too!
Successful People Create Simple Solutions
The simple fact that of being mindful and alert to the WHY behind any annoying habit means that you’ve advanced to the state of being ready to make sizable progress in eliminating them all together.
Below are 3 things successful people do differently. (They are also positive habits I’ve found incredibly useful for making the shift in mindset to a more productive, happy, and successful one.)
1. Successful People Use Every Habit And Life Experience to Learn From
“Everyone and everything around you is your teacher.”
~ Ken Keyes
When it comes to creating greater success, knowing how to use every habit and life experience (either positive or negative) as a learning tool — and choosing to learn from them — you expand your consciousness and open yourself up to new levels of awareness, success, and happiness.
2. Successful People Maintain a Positive Outlook & Learn from Mistakes
“The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.”
~ Stephen Richards
Every mistake you make is progress.
Why??? Because mistakes hold within them potent seeds that have the potential to teach us lessons. Important lessons that can powerfully transform our lives for the better.
The key comes from our ability to concentrate on the positive while actively looking for the learning (aka, “silver lining”) in every situation. This means understanding that life will test you… That life will put obstacles in your way… And that life will intentionally try to trip you up.
Happy and successful people know this.
3. Successful People Stay Focused on Small Wins
“Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.”
~ Louis L’Amour
Lastly, focus on small wins. Starting small and making tiny changes is a lot easier then trying to make a big change all at once.
Having and developing a small wins approach to life is super effective in lessening the tension, anxiety, and frustration brought on by overwhelm.
Emotions like worry and stress fog up our ability to see probable solutions.
Tips to Grow By
“To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome,
not the obstacles.”
~ T.F. Hodge
Getting unstuck and building momentum is a mind shift that occurs one step at a time. It’s also one that can be learned.
It starts by noticing a habit, giving it meaning, and re-focussing your attention from overwhelm to “small wins.”
Doing so will allow you to make significant progress towards larger goals and be more happy and successful in the long run.
And those are only 3 things successful people do differently… There’s a whole lot more too!
One Last Thought…
I hope you benefit from reading “3 Things Successful People Do Differently” the way I have from writing it. If you have comments or thoughts to add to the discussion, I hope you’ll make your voice heard in the comments below.