1. Set Ambitious Goals
Every success story starts with a goal, a purpose or an objective, right? When setting goals, you should never shy from aiming high. As Norman Vincent Peale says, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Why do people set such a score by setting ambitious goals? Napoleon Hill answers this question in his book “Think and Grow Rich” when he writes, “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish but keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” Remember, you can achieve your goals when they are intrinsically motivating. Set time bound goals so they can push you to the best of your abilities. This helps you think more creatively and achieve the extraordinary
2. Transform Your Subconscious Mind To Get Insights
In one of his bestselling self-help guides, “The Power of your subconscious mind”, Dr Joseph Murphy sums it up brilliantly: “What is impressed in the subconscious is expressed.” This shows that whatever impinges on our subconscious mind, will eventually find a path out through our lips and is reflected in our actions and behaviors. Instead of working together, our conscious and subconscious minds are at perpetual odds with each other.
3. Focus on the Process
We all tend to focus more on the end results and our minds are well-drilled to do so from a very tender age. Although, it might work to some degree, but the real change comes when you shift your focus from results to the actual process you need to implement to achieve the desired upshot. As Jim Rohn said, “Success leaves clues” and you will have to look for those clues to repeat the process. If you want to achieve success in any field, it is highly recommended that you replicate the process successful people follow rather than focusing on what they have achieved. To put it in a nutshell, instead of wishfully envisaging yourself in the shoes of up-and-coming contenders and drooling over their accomplishments, you should try to glean inspiration from the paths they have adopted to reach there.
4. Work like No One Else Does
“If you do what you have always done, you will always get, what you always got”—Mark Twain
If you want to achieve something that no one else has achieved, you will have to break the glass ceiling and do something out of the ordinary. Challenge yourself by working in a counter intuitive environment that could bring the best out of you. These counter-intuitive environments help you look at a single thing from many different perspectives and angles, which could pave the way for a unique creation. Did you know that the famous Einstein’s research paper that transformed modern physics was not written in an academic setting but rather in a Swiss Patent Office? Just some food for thought!
5. Surround Yourself with The Right People
You might not have realized it yet but what people think about you and how they perceive you, goes a long way in influencing your performance. Ever wondered why a child develops the same expectations as their parents have for them. Surround yourself with people who motivate you and act as a source of inspiration, rather than folks who take up a special pleasure in demotivating you and exude a negative vibe that eats at your productivity. If you surround yourself with successful people, you can be more productive.
6. Start with Quantity and End with Quality
In one of his books, “Originals: How non-conformists move the world”, Adam Grant uncovers a startling fact. According to him, people who produce innovative and unique works are not reliable. Not everything they produce is amazing. Pablo Picasso, the greatest painter to have ever lived, fashioned thousands of art pieces with only few considered as masterpieces. Similarly, Mozart and Beethoven boast more than 1200 songs between them but only a handful gained recognition. Whenever you are trying to carve a niche for yourself, focus on quantity, not quality. The more you produce, the better you will get with time. Sooner than you think, not only will you be able to produce works that are unique, but also be of high quality. As Seth Godin would say, “Plant a lot, harvest a few!”
7. Expand and Adapt
The pace at which things are changing around us is overwhelming. If you fail to keep up pace, you will quickly fall behind the race and slowly become a misfit for the current environment. Human beings have an amazing ability to adapt to changing situations and people who do it brilliantly, are the ones who succeed. In his famous book, “The Man’s Search for Meaning”, Said Frankl writes, “A person can get used to anything, just don’t ask us how.” A skill differentiates a winner from a loser. If you want to be on the winning team, you should learn to adapt and continuously grow as both a professional and a person.
If you integrate these behaviors in your life, you will start to see a positive shift in your life. Start with setting ambitious goals, train your brain, surround yourself with the right people and keep growing and evolving with the changing times.