9 Fast-Track Tips to Supercharge your Career!
Ever thought you’re doing pretty well for yourself until you see someone stepping out of a flashier car in a tailored suit with a persona more alluring than yours? Well, that’s enough intro – we’ve established nine common habits the most successful people amongst us have in common. Notepads at the ready…
1. Say no
“Every time you say yes to something, you’re really saying no to something else,” psychotherapist, Amy Morin, tells Business Insider.
The first step to making smarter decisions is knowing when to sacrifice a few drinks and a game after work to finish the report you’re behind on; your focus being on a bigger picture, not just pleasing everyone else around you.
More importantly, this also applies to saying no to yourself. Not only will it double your productivity, it leaves you more ‘me-time’, which successful people benefit from considerably.
88% of affluent individuals devote at least thirty minutes a day to education or self-improvement through reading, according to Tom Corley’s best-selling book: Change Your Habits, Change Your Life.
Although many don’t read for entertainment, good novels do have their benefits, too. And science shows that reading for pleasure can enhance your career.
Beyond brain-boosting, those who engage their minds through activities like reading could be 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimers.
Sociologist Waqar Ahmed advises beginners to “read what they’re interested in” and start with a few pages a day.
3. Plan out their day the night before
It’s super easy to stray off track during any typical work day if you’ve got 101 responsibilities. Without planning what your day will look like, you wake up not knowing what you want to accomplish. Successful people spend five minutes the night before preparing clear goals for the next day.
Setting day-to-days tasks is the most effective way to reach your ultimate objectives.
“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” Entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn.
Successful people are often dreamers and visionaries with a goal that drives them like a burning desire. They want it bad, and they’re never looking for an excuse or a way out.
Persistence is realising that any goal worth reaching will take time, effort and continuously learning new skills and thinking patterns whilst adapting to the dead ends and detours en route.
5. Embrace failure
Here’s Thomas Edison, inventor of the lightbulb, when asked whether it was a shame so much of his work didn’t achieve results – “Results? I have gotten a lot of results! I know several thousand things that won’t work.”
Successful people aren’t disheartened when they reach dead ends, and it’s not because they’ve made fewer mistakes than the everyone else – it’s because they’ve made more but learnt from them.
Many others remain reluctant to step out of their comfort zones because they’re so afraid of the endless, dreaded possibilities of what could go wrong.
But on the contrary, failure creates wise, less-naive people because of the lessons it teaches. In failing, you learn why the things you were ignoring were important.
6. Spend time with people who challenge them
The age-old ‘if you’re the smartest one in the room, you’re in the wrong room,’ still runs true. Author of the ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’, Tim Ferriss, interviewed a range of successful people for his podcast and found they typically surround themselves with ultra successful people – ones who challenge them to be the best versions of themselves.
“They all spend time with people who kill their excuses,” says Ferriss.
Also, don’t underestimate the more obvious benefits of acquiring knowledge and wisdom from those who have already made mistakes and excelled. And the more you spend time with people that intimidate you, the more you will gain confidence in your ability to approach and talk to all kinds of people.
According to psychotherapist, Morin, mentally strong people don’t fear alone time – but see it as a chance to reflect and replenish their energy.
This could be in the form of some type of mindfulness practice like meditation, which Ferriss claims 80% of the successful people he interviewed do daily. “It can take the form of using a simple app, like Headspace. But that’s one very consistent pattern.”
Morin recommends at least a few minutes every day to be alone with your own thoughts.
8. Prioritise health
What you eat and how much you exercise affects every area of your life. To perform at your best means to be in top shape, mentally and physically. Successful people reap all the clear benefits of staying healthy such as increased energy, sharpened focus, enhanced mood, improved memory and increased productivity.
We’re not saying you have to turn into a gym freak, just raise your heart rate for thirty minutes every other day and make smart food choices that provide the energy needed to accomplish everything on your to-do list.
Being successful means being typically highly conscientious. This means being organised, responsible, hardworking and in control of your impulses – however, this, too, should resonate to all aspects of life, not just at work.
A messy desk at work usually indicates a messy life at home. So, for instance, whether you do your own household/laundry chores or you’re lucky enough to outsource them, it’s important you stay on top of things that matter before they, both literally and metaphorically, spill over and become a problem.