5 Habits of Success

The expression, “a recipe for success,” didn’t come into existence by happenstance. There are core approaches, mindsets, and habits all successful people exemplify throughout their rise to the top. Through discipline, hard work, positive mindsets, proper work-life balances, and hobbies/interest outside of their careers, successful people compartmentalize everything in their lives to make sure their day-to-day schedule is perfectly organized and balanced.

Nothing in excess is good for anyone, and as such, these 5 success habits will illustrate the perfect approach to a well-rounded and admirable lifestyle.

Learning from mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes, and the sooner people realize that, the better they’ll be throughout their careers. Mistakes mean you’re trying. It’s impossible for someone who takes no risks or goes out of their comfort zone to make a mistake. Learn to embrace mistakes as the most valuable lessons throughout your life. Mistakes perfectly illustrate what you were aiming to achieve, what went wrong, how it affected your end plan, and what you can do to try again.

Without mistakes, the highest standards of success today would not be possible. Life is unpredictable, and nonstop obstacles are going to fall into your path almost every day. A success habit is analyzing the mistake and using it as apart of your future plan to do even better. Don’t get discouraged the next time you mess up – it’s the most pristine form of education for the success of your future.

Create systems to stay organized

Organization is absolutely key to being successful. A successful person never loses papers, forgets materials for presentations, or mistakenly misses conference calls and important client calls. There is no room to be disorganized as a successful person.

Now, it’s important to note that organization does not come easily to some people. Successful people know how to identify if that is a weakness of theirs, and develop systems to keep them organized. Buy a calendar, create a Google Doc calendar system, make a color-coded checklist next to your computer, or hire someone whose organizational skills are unmatched. Whatever your style, develop a system that makes it impossible for you to ever miss an assignment or conference call.

Commit to that system, and let it accompany you on your growth to success.

Dump the mediocre people in your life

We’ve all been there. Everyone has that one friend who always doubts everyone’s dreams and aspirations. We all know that one person who is too scared to ever take any risks. So, when one of their friends attempts a risk, the negative Nancy can’t wait to tear them down.

A recipe for success does not include people like that anywhere in it. It’s going to be hard enough to keep your eye on the prize and clean up your lifestyle. The least you can do is shed people who don’t align with a lifetime of productive goal seeking.

Surround yourself with likeminded people who want the same big things out of life that you do. Together, you’ll be able to pool your ideas and motivation to build each other up along the way. Drop the mediocre dead weight – there’s no room for them on the ladder to success.

Focus your time on things that lead to success

This one might sound a little obvious, but just think about it for a second. If you’re focusing all of your free time on watching a television show, drinking at bars, or obsessing over a video game, none of those things are going to contribute to your work ethic, drive, and skill-set to be successful. Take a moment to take a step back from your life, and look at the areas you can improve upon.

Instead of grabbing that late night video game, why not use that hour to go to the gym and improve your health? Or instead of grabbing a drink on a Tuesday night, why not read industry blogs on how you can advance your company?

Shift your mentality to one of success, and the rest of your time and hobbies will fall into place with it.

Establish a healthy work-life balance

Often a difficult challenge for many hard workers who love their jobs, the people who climb to the very top are the ones who are able to shut off their work obsession to spend time with a significant other and their family. A work-life balance is so important for mental stability, clarity, and not burning out by age 35. Allow yourself to fall in love and invest in a relationship. You’re going to need the emotional support to keep climbing the ladder of success.

Take a moment to breathe every day, and text your kid about how his school day is going. Work isn’t everything, and some of the most successful habits we form are not work related at all. Being positive, smelling the flowers, sleeping restfully, and eating healthy are all critical parts of being a successful person. Take a step back from it all, and allow yourself to enjoy the little things in life.