You’ve probably heard, repeatedly, that success is primarily about attitude. While I might not go that far, attitude is every bit as important as the work you put into your success – and in fact, you won’t put in the right work if you don’t have the right attitude. So how do you create that attitude? These five techniques are some of the most important.
Be an Early Riser
No one wants to hear this, but it’s true. When you get up at least two hours early, before you have to start your routine, you accomplish more and feel more positive and productive throughout the day. While everyone else is sleeping, you’re completing the most important tasks of your day.
While everyone else is rushing to get ready and get to work, you’re calmly going through your routine. Later in the day, when everyone is stressed because there is so much to do and so little time to do it, you’re relaxed and cool because you’ve already finished your most important tasks, before they even woke up. This one technique can change your life if you do it regularly.
Choose the Right People
It has been said that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. So look at the people in your life, and ask yourself if that’s really who you want to be. Surround yourself with positive people who are as dedicated to their own success as you are to yours. This may mean spending less time with friends you’ve been used to.
It may mean moving to a new work environment that nurtures your success. It will definitely mean paying more attention to who you are and who you want to be – and that alone will improve your success mentality.
Have a Plan
Take some time on Friday afternoon or Monday morning to plan your week and figure out what you’re going to be focusing on. Also think about why these tasks and projects are the important items for your week. Then every day make a plan for what you’ll be working on, based on your weekly plan. Know that you will always get distracted and things won’t go as planned.
But have a plan, because if you don’t you’ll wander aimlessly. Know where you want to go and have a plan for getting there. Even if things don’t go as you hoped and planned, knowing what you need to do and where you need to end up will help you reach your goals.
Keep an attitude of thankfulness and positive thoughts. Even when things seem to be going badly, take the time to remember how thankful you are for the good things in your life. This may sound sappy, but there is science behind it; studies show that people who are grateful succeed.
It’s not just about positive thinking and hoping everything will be okay, but about truly being grateful and understanding how much of your life is just right at the moment. This may be hard to remember to do at first, but when you make a practice of gratitude, you’ll see a definite increase in your ability to do what you set out to do. Your attitude will push you forward.
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Read to lead”. Well, with technology now you don’t necessarily have to read success-related books. You can listen to podcasts or CDs or watch videos on YouTube. The important thing is that you do absorb these books by people who’ve created their own success.
It’s not only the inspiration here that matters, but your dedication to studying. If you constantly study, you’ll learn, and you’ll en-grain in your subconscious the idea that you are a student of success. And that matters.
If you follow all five of these suggestions for just one month, you will be amazed at the difference in your attitude. If you do it for six months, you will notice that not succeeding has become not an option. And if you do it for a year you will find yourself succeeding beyond your wildest dreams.
John Mak is the owner of simply1software.com. His online purpose is to deliver quality information about software and other high end products for consumers.