You can create good habits as well as bad ones by repetition. Bad habits such as watching television on the couch rather than exercising can hang on so long and be very difficult to dislodge from our lives.
Good habits such as getting yourself on an exercise program that will keep you fit can also be difficult if you aren’t used to it. But repetition will take care of making it a good habit that will serve you well in the future.
When you find something that works in work or in your personal life, keep repeating those efforts and soon it will be second nature to you. At first, any effort other than those you already know may seem difficult, but repetition will make it seem easy after awhile.
Developing habits that you can incorporate into your life is one of the most positive things you can do for yourself. Success can be yours when positive habits become part of your life and you don’t even have to think about it.
One thing that comes along with positive habits is gratitude. So many times, we concentrate on the small stuff that didn’t go as we planned and forget that we’re moving toward the big stuff that will make us happy in the long run.
Repeating efforts that work and help you begin the day with a positive mindset is one way to ensure success. Making a commitment early in the day to meet challenges and overcome them is one way to turn every success into a habit.
You may have created a plan of work that resulted in success such as starting early in the morning and not stopping until you’ve completed the mini goal of a project. For example, if you’re writing a book, plan to write a chapter each morning. It will become a habit and you’ll finish that book before you know it.
Positive habits that ensure further success have always been a part of every very successful person. Positive habits are like money in the bank – they’ll serve you well in the future when you need them.
Repeat successful efforts in the little things too. Little things make a big difference in the way you live your life and how much you accomplish. It’s not enough to wish for success – you’ve got to make the little efforts that lead to the big successes.
Take some time for you after you’ve put forth efforts for your success. Rewards can help spur you on to bigger and better things and can put your life in perspective. If you’re constantly making effort to accomplish something and never take time to enjoy your accomplishments, life will get boring in a hurry.
Each Time You Repeat a Project, Work on Leveling Up a Bit
When you repeat a project that has been very successful for you, work on leveling it up a bit. That means you should test some other methods that let you know which element may work better for the overall completion of the project.
Even though the project was successful, there may be methods you can rev up, cut costs or reduce time. Split testing can help you decide where and how to make the project even more advantageous.
Split testing means that you take certain elements that might work in your particular project and test them separately. This testing will let you know which is cost effective and time sensitive to what you want the results to be.
The end results of split testing is that it helps you maximize your efforts and make any move necessary that will help the project better meet your bottom line expectations in cost and quality.
By split testing your efforts you’ll be able to fine-tune your strategies and revise them so when it comes to repeating the project, you’ll find it runs smoother and you get more done in a shorter amount of time.
This type of testing also gives you the opportunity to invest in another project with the decisions already in place to make it one that you can be proud of and that is successful because you know what works – and what doesn’t.
Keeping the testing process simple is key to learning more about a project. You shouldn’t be so heavily engaged in the testing process that you forget about what the project was intended for.
If you’re a marketer, the end results may have been all about gaining more sales and creating a larger customer base. Don’t go so deep in project testing that you bleep out those elements that have been working for you.
Leveling up may mean you find new and better ways to do things to make the end results more profitable. You may be able to put new technology in place that will make the process faster and more reliable.
Always look at how a new method or leveling up can increase the value of the project. Even if new methods are implemented, they may not increase the value and are therefore a waste of time.
No matter what the nature of your project is, be sure you get extra input from others who may have worked on it. Look at what competitors have done with similar projects and consider putting those ideas at work for you.
Repeating a project that worked once or twice doesn’t have to get stale. There are always new ways of leveling up so you’re getting the most out of the testing process and always working a step ahead of competitors.
To Mark the End of a Successful Project Celebrate Your Efforts
Celebrations are normal to mark special events in our lives. Birthdays, a new year, weddings and other occasions are all reasons to celebrate. They help us remember who we are and how far we’ve come and give us a sense of pride that we can carry with us through the bad times.
Some projects can make you feel exhausted by the end of a long project, whether it’s losing weight or a business project that you worked long and hard to complete. The dedication, effort and time it took to complete were worth it. Now it’s time to celebrate.
It might have been a struggle – long projects usually are. A celebration will boost your morale and give you a jump start for the next project. You will even be able to approach the next one with more enthusiasm and self-confidence.
Celebrations are important for teams, but just as important if it was just you and there’s no one to pat you on the back. It doesn’t have to be expensive or last a long time, but it should be a celebration you’ll remember and cherish.
Everyone needs reinforcement to build momentum and create pride, including yourself. It’s not enough to simply accept the monetary or personal benefits (such as weight loss) you get from a project’s completion. You get much more out of the recognition a celebration gives your team or you, personally.
When team efforts are celebrated, it fosters drive and ambition to do more and perform better. On a personal basis, you see what you can do and get the self-confidence and composure you’ll need on future projects.
If a project you’re working on is a long and drawn out affair, celebrate milestones. A low-cost reward might be a gift card, lunch or flowers. For yourself, it may be a day off spent with family and friends.
You’ll be amazed at how much energy and enthusiasm you gain from rewarding yourself or your team with a small token. If the success at the end of a project is all about your efforts, consider taking an amount from what you earned and going on a trip or treating yourself to a new wardrobe.
Cash bonuses are always appreciated by a project’s team members. Even if you’ve accomplished the same goal a team member has just accomplished, be sure and celebrate with enthusiasm and without stealing their thunder.
Feeling pride is the ultimate reason for a celebration for a job well done. Whether it’s you on a solo basis or a team that accomplished the end results, take time to celebrate in some way that promotes enthusiasm and pride.
Scale Up with Your Success By Revolutionizing Your Efforts
The world is changing faster than most of us can keep track of. These changes are revolutionizing how we spend time and effort at our jobs or our personal lives. If you feel that your efforts on the job or in keeping your personal life on track have become stagnant, it may be time to delve into new ways of doing things.
Before you set more goals – or loftier goals, analyze your efforts that have been successful and then learn or explore ways you can scale them up for even more success.
New technologies come along at a staggering rate. There may be something that can save you time, energy and cut back on your efforts to succeed at anything in life you want to do.
Do some thinking before your exploration process so that it’s clear in your mind what you want to accomplish. Identify where you want to go with the strategies and overall plans you have now.
You might decide you need to add people to the mix who know more than you about a certain process. For example, you may have lost weight on your own, but adding a fitness coach could take you to new successes in fitness.
It may cause you to increase your budget if you add people, products, classes or other things into your original efforts, but if you think it can get you more in the long run, it may be worth it.
Revolutionizing your efforts in work or life requires you to embrace change and give it a chance to work for you. Even if a new strategy doesn’t work, you can revert back to the old one and know you tried. Each failure is a learning experience.
You don’t have to wait until the end of a project or endeavor to begin revolutionizing your efforts. If you’re doing something the same old way and see a shiny new object that can improve what you’re working toward, use it.
You should also keep using previous concepts and efforts that have worked before and you see no real viable option for improving. Sometimes the old ways are the best ways. Your research should prove which you need to try and which you can leave behind.
When possible, check out what’s going on outside your world by attending meetings, the latest reveals and classes that are offered about your interests. It’s a good way to stay in touch and ensure you know what your next step should be.
There are multiple opportunities out there to deliver success in whatever you do. Be open to trying things that are far beyond your original goals. Some won’t work, but most will and you’ll have no problem scaling up your success and revolutionizing your efforts.
Don’t Avoid the Struggle By Relishing Your Success
Many times, success is a struggle that is only achieved by sweat equity, anxiety and time. You may go through hardships such as financial and emotional and it may not seem worth the struggle when it comes time to repeat the process.
But when the struggle brings happiness, monetary success or personal achievements, think of it as well worth the effort because of what it brings in the end. Even though the struggle may have been uncomfortable or extremely difficult at times, it may have brought you peace of mind when you completed the task.
Medical school is usually a struggle for anyone who undertakes it. There are long years of study, bone-tiring work schedules and spending a fortune. After medical school there are the internship years where you can see light at the end of the tunnel.
Once you are at the end of the tunnel, it’s still not over. You have to establish yourself in a private or partner practice and build your clientele – and a good reputation. But if you persevered until you made it through and became established, you can pat yourself on the back for the stellar accomplishment.
The sacrifices you made to get to the success you always dreamed of is usually worth it at the end. Those who have their sights set on the Olympics have to go through gut-wrenching practice and win other events before reaching their top goal.
If you ask any Olympian who has won a medal or even got to participate in the athlete’s highest calling, they would likely say it was well worth every struggle they had. You may not be thinking medical school or winning an Olympic medal, but your struggle will make you just as happy and fulfilled.
Repetition of a project or process gradually diminishes the discomfort or agony you suffered from previous times. It gets easier with practice and knowledge that came with doing it once or several times before.
Hardships and setbacks are usually a part of every person’s success. Think back in history of those who succeeded despite the struggles they had to work through. Stephen Hawking – the successful physicist and astrophysicist – spent years going through one of the most debilitating diseases.
But Hawking persevered, fought and won against the odds to become one of the most revered and successful men in the world. Confined to a wheelchair most of his life, Hawking never gave up.
One success led to another and in the end Hawking was successful beyond even his wildest dreams and didn’t avoid the struggle. You can also keep from avoiding the struggle by relishing your own success and never giving up.
If You Believe Fate Controlled Your Journey It’ll Be Hard to Replicate Your Success
Fate is one of those beliefs that can fool you into thinking that’s all you need to succeed. If you leave all your potential accomplishments up to fate, you could be waiting a very long time – or it might never happen.
Believing that fate was the reason for your successful journey can also make it more difficult to repeat that same success later – lightening rarely strikes twice in the same place, you know.
The truth is that you did it – not chance – and believe that you can do it again. Belief in yourself is a much better and surer option than waiting for fate to do it for you. Success may seem to come so easy for some people that you may contribute it to lucky stars or fate.
But if you could see what’s happening in the background that brought the success of someone you admire, you may change your mind. Rarely is success due to something other than planning and hard work.
When you leave success, love or anything you desire up to fate, you’re giving control to something other than yourself. You’ll have a hard time visualizing success because something else is in control and you don’t know what that success will look like.
If you’ve already reached success or a certain level of success, you may think you could never repeat it again. It was too difficult or took too much time and effort. You may be thinking you’ll leave the next round up to fate or luck.
Repetition of success becomes easier once you’ve accomplished it the first time. You’ll be able to plow through the difficult parts because you’ve already been to this rodeo once and can do it again without waiting for fate to take hold.
You can influence your fate of success by using your mindset powers to attract success to you. Positive thinking, an attitude of gratitude and envisioning your success can all play a part in helping you reach one success after another.
When you own your specific vision and responsibility for success, possibilities will open that you may have never thought of before. Being proactive in your success story will motivate you to take action to create your own success rather than waiting for fate to do it for you.
Taking action and responsibility for your own successes gives fate a boost. Living your life in a way that garners success helps fate to overcome roadblocks that may be keeping you from success such as fear of failure and lack of self-confidence. Take charge of your own destiny and don’t wait for fate or luck to come to you.
Keep Pushing Toward a Second Success without Listening to the Naysayers
Naysayers are permeated with negative energy that can deflate your excitement and enthusiasm about your success and make you less apt to try again. Don’t look to others for affirmations – only to your own heart to know that what you did was worthwhile and made a difference in your life.
Listening to the negativity of others can be a downer and keep you from rising above it to go on to even bigger successes. Naysayers are full of complaints about everything in life – from work to health to family and friends.
Their cynicism makes them doubt themselves and can spill over to your own life if you let it. After a meeting or confrontation with a negative person, you may feel drained and unable to follow through with the enthusiasm and energy you had before the meeting.
You’ll encounter many negative people in your life and rather than letting them get you down, it’s best to create a plan of action to deal with them. Unfortunately, it’s not usually possible to change another person’s attitude.
Developing an emotional detachment from them can keep your stress from dealing with them at a minimum. When you believe in yourself and what you’re doing, it’s easier to keep them from destroying your self-confidence.
The shallowness from which their opinions of you are formed shouldn’t be allowed to send you on an emotional downer. As long as you’re sure of your self-worth, you don’t have to take the opinions of others seriously.
A separation from naysayers by setting limits and making it a point to distance yourself from them may be necessary. Don’t fear that you’ll be cast in a bad light or appear rude if you refuse to listen to their negative and emotional tirades.
You’re distancing yourself and refusing to listen because you care about yourself and what the negativity may do to your mood and how it might affect your life. If you’re in a situation where you’re stuck listening to a naysayer, be sure to respond in a mindful manner rather than reacting negatively to their own negativity.
Responding in a mindful way rather than reacting so you feel bad afterward will leave you feeling good about yourself and know that you handled the situation with dignity and respect (for yourself).
A coworker or family member may be a person you can’t always escape from or distance yourself from easily. In that case, you may want to interject another subject into the conversation – one that doesn’t trigger their negative responses.
Don’t even think you’re going to change a negative naysayer. Instead, dedicate that time and thought process to caring for and improving yourself. Remember that negative thoughts and reactions have no place in your life if you’re going to be successful.
Become a Serial Winner By Parlaying Your Success Into a Next Level Goal
Serial winners have one thing in common – they repeat what they did before to reach success – and do it better each time. It’s not enough to rest on your laurels when you achieve a big success.
To keep winning, past successes must be parlayed into reaching the next goal. It’s called ambition. Ambition is different from simply dreaming (although dreams of success are also important). Ambition means you’re taking action.
Skills and hard work, plus persistence and carefully thought-out strategies are part of the ambition needed to reach goal after goal. It’s not enough to rest on one – or even multiple – successes. Future successes are built on each other.
Keeping yourself in a success-mode mindset is important to become a serial winner. Positive affirmations that you tell yourself not only boost your self-confidence – they help you solve problems when you’re under stress.
If you think of yourself as a talented and intelligent person, you can concentrate on affirmations that point to those traits. Think of yourself as driven for success and you’ll likely succeed.
After a big success or series of successes it might be easy for you to begin putting off things until the last minute – procrastination is a form of lethargy that you don’t want to make a habit.
Instead, plan carefully for the parameters you want to meet when accomplishing the task. Some of it will likely be repeated from past successes, tasks where you have to learn something new might make you hesitate.
Set goals that can be measured in time and effort. Rather than saying you’ll start on a task today, think and say that you’ll finish it today – or determine exactly how much you can accomplish.
Don’t set goals that are next to impossible to obtain. Specific goals you set for the next level of success must be planned with exact instructions about how you’re going to achieve the goal.
Not having a concrete plan for your next level of success keeps you from visualizing the steps you’ll have to take to get there. For example, if you think to yourself that you’re going to exercise and diet until you’re fit and healthy, you may never get there.
But, planning specific ways you’re going to diet and exercise will help you plot the time and effort you’re going to need to get to the place you want to be. Enjoy every success you accomplish, but don’t waste too much time on that.
After each success you should immediately plan your next success, no matter what it might be. It’s a strategy that will keep you from becoming complacent and will keep your mind and body revved up about successes you’ve had – and those that you are going to achieve.
Be Careful About Allowing Others to Leech Off Your Success
Leeches in business – and personal life – are everywhere – waiting to leech off your success and manipulate you into pausing your own life to fix theirs. Leeches feed off others’ successes by depleting the money, time and future successes of those who have drive and ambition that they are missing.
Some of these people don’t even know they’re leeching. They can come off as lacking in skills, knowledge or money to make their own success and want you to help them with the task.
Leeches can be highly manipulative when they think they’ve found a soft heart. If you let them in to your life, they’re liable to rob you of your own time and effort needed to go to your next success.
When you let a leech twist your arm and persuade you to help them in a way that takes time, money and effort away from you, you’re opening up a big can of worms you may not be able to close.
One way you can recognize a leech in your midst is to look at their past accomplishments. Chances are, they’ve never done anything that could be considered a true success and what they have done has nothing to do with what you’re trying to accomplish.
They may want to be paid for their non-efforts for their non-existent contributions and are excellent in making you believe you can’t do without their so-called expertise. They may offer client lists that they stole or promise other perks for your help.
Leeches are also very adept at demanding your time to teach them, communicate with them or whatever they think they can get from you. They’ll never pay – or promise pay that never comes.
To get your trust, leeches will sometimes name drop and make up successes they’ve never had. If you dig a little deeper than what they’ve told you, you may find they’ve been banned from communicating with those name-drop people and never completed the goals they told you about.
Sometimes you can be nice and give the leeches a little bit of time and energy and hope they go away, but most of the time, they won’t. Most of the time, you’ll have to be explicitly clear about what you will and won’t do.
Tell them about how they can learn to do what you do and encourage them to sign up for classes or follow certain websites that can teach them what you know. If that doesn’t work, you may have to treat them like the parasites they are and cut off all communication with them.
Before you offer or agree to anything in business, it’s best to get references, research the person thoroughly and ask for proof of what they’ve accomplished. It may seem harsh, but in these times, you have to be careful about your own future.
Take Any Element That Failed and Modify It Until It’s Part of Your Success
When you complete a big project or reach a goal, you can usually look back at things that failed during the journey. Rather than throwing away the entire idea, you can tweak it by doing something different or finding a better way to help you achieve even more.
Turning those small failures into part of your success can teach you so much more about the process and the repeat stage will be much easier and turn much smoother. If you’ve kept records of all the elements involved in the task, it should be much easier to recreate the process and see exactly where the failure took place.
Knowing the roots of the failure lets you know the chain of events that made things go wrong and you can modify them until it works as you want it to. It’s a matter of correcting the course for the next leg of the journey.
You should also look at the big picture of the project as you analyze the elements. The more you change things, the more things can go wrong. If you’ve achieved a big success with your first try, be careful not to wreak havoc on the project by changing too much – too fast.
Research what you can do better rather than obsessing about the failure. You learn from failures and successes, so think about what you can do that has been proven – or you instinctively feel – that will help you rectify the situation.
Many times you might be emotionally obsessed about what happened to get you off track. The best way to deal with that is to get feedback from others and immediately begin to identify what went wrong and take action to change it.
You may find that you need to set more realistic goals. If you rushed the process, it might not produce the quality you desired. If you spent too much time on the process you may have acquired more financial costs that you wanted.
The mindset you choose to think about failure – whether a certain portion or the entire process – is the most important factor in getting back on track, eliminating the failed ideas or tasks and forging toward success.
Thomas Edison attempted to produce light so many times that most of us would have given up under the pressure. But he kept the mindset that each time he did fail – he was simply finding another method that didn’t work. He still held out hope for the next attempt.
The learning process alone will lead you to the success you desire. Elements that failed in the past can be discarded and new ways to do things can take their places. It may only need a simple modification to be the true success you envisioned.