Success is defined as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” So it goes with saying that highly successful people are better at accomplishing their goals.
If you want to find success in your life it’s important to understand what successful people do … and the things they don’t do. Here are 20 things they avoid:
Successful people aren’t necessarily wealthy … but they’re usually happy. Happiness defines their success more than money.
Successful people think before they act, especially when it comes to important decisions.
People who are successful keep at least one journal to plan their schedule and track their progress. Many people even keep two journals: one for personal planning and one for scheduling/work.
Highly successful people always finish what’s on their to-do list. And it makes them feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Keeping a to-do list is essential, but so is keeping your list of tasks manageable. Successful people don’t bite off more than they can chew. They keep their to-do list small and scalable.
People who accomplish great things in life set specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-driven (SMART) goals. “I want to lose weight,” is not a good goal. “I will lose 10 pounds by the end of this year,
Successful people work in small increments and take frequent breaks. This helps them get more done in less time.
Early risers get more done, plain and simple. The hours you have in each day are limited. Successful people go to bed at the same time every night and get up early, refreshed and ready to conquer their day.
Successful folks put family first. Work is important, but never as important as experiencing life with the people you love most.
Successful people don’t necessarily work harder. They do work smarter though. They focus 80 percent of their efforts on the 20 percent of work that will give them the greatest return (this is called the Pareto principle).
Let’s face it: life doesn’t always give you what you want. The difference between people who find success and those who don’t is successful people are willing to make sacrifices for the greater good.
Successful people make it a point to write down the things they’re thankful for every day.
“Success” is also defined by how much you give back. That’s why truly successful people will always stop to help someone in need and give their time or money freely.
Yes, successful folks like to unwind with a couple of drinks and socialize with friends. But they stay in control and don’t drink themselves into making bad decisions.
You’ll also find that successful people are usually healthier. They take care of their bodies and minds and make the time to eat healthy and exercise frequently.
Highly successful people find ways to turn bad habits into good ones.
Another measure of a successful person is this: they’re thirsty for knowledge. They know what they know, and more importantly, they know what they don’t know.
Highly successful people ignore the naysayers and the pessimists. They surround themselves with people who are going to make them better.
Another trait of successful people is that they choose to see challenges and moments of adversity as opportunities to grow.
Highly successful people are relentless in their pursuit of a happier, healthier life. They go to great lengths to achieve success … but don’t stop there. Successful people constantly find ways to continue to improve themselves. They believe success is a choice, and they choose to focus their time and energy on the things that will lead them to that success.
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