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Last Updated on February 9, 2021

6 Keys to Achieving Great Success in Life

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6 Keys to Achieving Great Success in Life

There are several keys to living a life that of great success. The best part is, though, that the majority of these tips are not very difficult to implement in your life.

If you truly want to achieve great success, all it really takes is some mindful focus and the discipline to put in the effort that the vast majority of people lack. That’s really what it all boils down to.

If you’re interested in learning about how you can have great success in your life, keep reading because the most important factors are here to help you.

1. Decide What Your Goals Are

This is the first key to achieving great success, and unfortunately, few people actually practice it.

Whether you begin your day with purpose or with disorganization often perforates your productivity throughout the remainder of your day.

A good tip is that, either the night before or first thing in the morning, write out what your goals are for the upcoming day. Try to include no more than 3 main goals for any given day.

This programs your mind to be focused and driven from the moment you wake up and greatly increases your chances of having a productive day.

Once you’ve written out your goals, begin thinking about the steps that you can take towards achieving them. Choose the most important steps and accomplish those steps first to get your momentum rolling to set you up for a day of great success.[1]

2. Learn From the Experts

Life isn’t a simple game, and there’s nothing any of us can do to figure it all out on our own. Lucky for us, there are teachers and mentors out there who are willing to help. It would be a massive waste of your time and of this valuable source of knowledge if you didn’t reach out to these people to try and learn the lessons they’ve gathered.

So reach out, learn from people who have traveled the path you’re on before you. This will save you time and countless headaches. Don’t let your ego or fear of being social prevent you from learning from these individuals.

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Learning these lessons ahead of time will put you ahead of most people and will set you up to achieve some amazing things.

3. Program Yourself for Great Success

You need to begin to program yourself for great success if you want to achieve great success.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Most people don’t have this trait innately, though. You need to consciously develop it.

You need to begin programming yourself to be purposeful and driven towards great success and to remain motivated on the path towards our goals.

The best way to begin reprogramming your mind and achieving this goal is to start with smaller goals first and then build your way up to larger ones. This builds momentum and begins to engrain the belief that you can overcome challenges and adversity. You will learn that if you put your mind to it, you can figure out almost any problem that faces you in your daily life.

Simply put, you are learning how to continue succeeding by succeeding. The more you practice this, the more you’ll begin achieving daily, weekly, and yearly. You’ll be able to leverage the momentum from each success you experience, and eventually, these other successes will come easier and easier to you, as long as you keep applying the things you’ve learned and remain disciplined and purposeful about your actions.

4. Develop a Strong Mindset

Any successful person will tell you that there is a crucial aspect everyone needs in order to achieve great success: they need to believe in themselves and their ability accomplish the task at hand.

After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, what would encourage others to believe in you?

Your mindset and how you approach problems and adversity frames your initial perspectives, the first resolutions that come to your mind, and likely, the first actions you attempt to address those challenges.[2]

So believe in yourself! Believe that you have what it takes to achieve your goals and achieve great success in your life. Don’t be afraid to commit to your goals and tell other people what they are. Don’t be insecure about your goals, and don’t live in fear of failure.

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If nothing else, being transparent about your goals will help you to stand out in a crowd of people who are afraid that if they express their goals and fail, people will ridicule them. Don’t succumb to those limiting beliefs. Break free.

People will likely respect you for having the courage to pursue the things that you desire.

When you begin believing that you’ll achieve great success, it’s amazing how it begins finding ways to appear in your life. You give yourself permission and the courage to seize opportunities when they arise and then crush them as you continue along your path.

This reinforces in your mind that you can succeed regardless of the challenges and any adversity. You have the ability to be resilient in the face of situations that try to knock you down and the strength to pull yourself back up. That confidence is priceless.[3]

Once you’ve developed the mindset, you need to begin taking action. If you aren’t in a position to achieve your goals right now, then the best thing that you can do at this moment is to begin investing in yourself.

5. Invest in Yourself

After you’ve set your goals, made a plan, and developed the mindset you need to achieve them, the next step is to begin investing in yourself.

Try to take action on your goals every day, even if it’s something small. It’s crucial that you keep your momentum moving forward along your path to achieving great success.

When asked what the best investment anyone could make was, Warren Buffet, the most successful investor of our time, replied that the best investment people can make are investments in themselves.

Powerful right?

The best part about learning how to invest in yourself and beginning to practice this is that there are nearly endless methods through which you can do this. Therefore, you can personalize your self-investment to your interests and goals.

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Most of these will cost money, time, or effort, but remember that this is an investment in yourself. It’s going to take effort, it’s going to take discipline, and it’s going to take heart.

Here are just a few examples of some of the things you can begin doing to invest in yourself on your journey towards achieving great success:

Engage in Regular Physical Exercise

Not only does exercising improve your physical health and energy levels, but it helps you to feel better and more motivated daily. This will help you overcome your daily challenges with greater ease.

Pick up Some Books and Do More Than Just Read Them

This is a trap a lot of people fall into. They pick up a non-fiction book, read it, and then display it as a trophy on the shelf. Knowledge isn’t power. Knowledge with action is power, so get out there and begin implementing the lessons you have learned.

Improve Your Diet

It may cost a little more to buy healthy food from the grocery store, but if you’re already going out to eat fast food anyway, the expenses are likely similar. A healthy, home-cooked meal goes a long way toward making you feel more energized and focused throughout the day.

Find Ways to Continually Learn

This could be through the aforementioned books, but there are endless ways through which you can learn. You could learn from mentors. You could find articles online. Maybe you’d prefer to sign up for seminars or webinars. It doesn’t matter which method you choose really, as long as you keep learning and growing.

Don’t Forget About Self-Care

It’s great to hustle and grind all day, every day, but the vast majority of people can’t, and shouldn’t, strive for this. It’s important to refuel your tank when you have time. Spend time with family and friends, do things you enjoy, and make sure that you enjoy yourself. All work and no play makes for a boring life.

If you’re not sure how to begin a self-care routine, this article may help.

6. Don’t Fear Failure

This is the last key to success that I want to talk about today.

So many people live in fear of failure. They fear what others will think of them if they fall short of their goals publicly. You know what happens to these people most often? They end up letting that fear take over their life and never end up pursuing their goals or dreams.

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Don’t let that happen to you. Don’t be afraid of what other people may think because all that truly matters is what you think of yourself.

If you try and fail, at the absolute very least you will have gained experience. You can learn from that experience to develop more skills and gain more knowledge that will put you one step closer to becoming the person you want to transform into.

If we’re failing, that means we’re still trying. And if we’re still trying, we’re still learning and growing. We’re improving every day.

If you’re not failing, it’s likely you’ve stuck yourself right in the middle of your comfort zone. That can be a dangerous place to remain when it comes to achieving personal growth and great success.

Final Thoughts

If you can begin implementing these keys to achieving great success, the only limits holding you back will be the ones that you impose on yourself.

Commit yourself to making that change in your life, and making it now. You owe it to yourself to free yourself of limiting beliefs and investing in yourself so that you can accomplish the goals that you find the most meaningful in your life.

The bumps in the road, challenges, and adversity will come, but if you embrace these keys to great success in life, you will find ways to overcome them. You will find ways to keep going.

Featured photo credit: Candice Picard via unsplash.com

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Published on October 14, 2021

How to Silence the Impostor Syndrome

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How to Silence the Impostor Syndrome

Do you ever worry about being exposed as a “fraud?” You’re not alone. It’s actually quite common for people to feel like imposters. In fact, approximately 70 percent of people admit to having experienced impostor syndrome[1] at some point in their lives — a Twitter poll found that 87 percent of people have experienced this.[2] Even successful and famous people like Tom Hanks, Howard Schultz, and Natalie Portman suffer from imposter syndrome.

But, what exactly is imposter syndrome. And, more importantly, how can you silence it?

Originally coined in 1978 by psychologists Pauline Rose Clance, Ph.D., ABPP, and Suzanne Imes, Ph.D., the term “impostor syndrome” describes symptoms that include being unable to internalize accomplishments and being afraid of being exposed as a fraud.

The individual may also be plagued by chronic self-doubt and believe that they’re unqualified for success despite evidence to the contrary. Inadequacies, fears of failure, and disbelief that success is a matter of luck or timing are also common.

If you don’t address this phenomenon, feeling like an impostor can prevent you from achieving ambitious goals. Moreover, those experiencing these feelings tend to over-prepare or procrastinate — which obviously hinders productivity and reaching goals. And, as if that weren’t bad enough, imposter syndrome prevents you from pursuing new challenges and opportunities.

Do you feel like you’re suffering from impostor syndrome? If so, don’t beat yourself up. After all, there are effective ways to overcome these feelings in a healthy and proactive way.

1. Don’t Hide It.

“Firstly, acknowledge it,” advises Claudine Robson,[3] the Intentional Coach. “You give strength to imposter syndrome by letting it continue to peck away at your confidence unchecked.” It can only be banished if you acknowledge it as soon as possible and break the silence.

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“Then you need to separate your feelings from facts,” Robson adds. “One thing imposter syndrome does very effectively is to mix up your perceptions of reality.”

If you can, take a step back and look at the situation objectively. “Recognize when you should — and when you should not — feel fraudulent,” she says. Appreciate and acknowledge the task, intellect, and insight that have led to your success.

You might even be able to take action by recognizing that the reason you feel fraudulent is that you’re new to a task. “That gives you a path forward; learning is growth, don’t deny yourself that.”

2. Implement the STOP Technique

In her book Cognitive Enlightenment, Melinda Fouts, Ph.D., outlines a technique to overcome imposter syndrome using what she calls the STOP technique.

“STOP is an acronym for ‘silence the oppressive player,” Fouts explains in Forbes.[4] “You need to eradicate this tape that is playing 24/7, whether you are conscious of it or not. It plays loudest when we are tired, hungry, or feeling defeated.”

Steps to implementing the STOP technique and rewiring your brain are as follows:

To replace the tape of not good enough, you need a “launch sentence.” “I’m more than good enough” would is an example of a solid launch statement.

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Put your launch sentence in prominent locations, such as your car’s dashboard or computer. How come? The reason is that as the tape plays, you won’t be able to remember your launch statement.

Continue to say “stop” until you recall your launch sentence, says Fouts.

Put your launch sentence into your own words and pontificate.

While going about your daily tasks, like while driving or exercising, practice your launch sentence so you can recall it when you need it in the future.

“I am told this sounds simple and it does,” she adds. However, this technique is challenging when your negative tape is playing. You will not want to replace the tape every day while your brain is rewiring itself. “It is these moments you can’t give up.”

3. Distinguish Humility and Fear

When it comes to hard work and accomplishments, there’s humility, and then there’s fear. In other words, having a high level of competence can lead one to discount its value occasionally. However, as Carl Richards wrote in an article for the New York Times,[5] “After spending a lot of time fine-tuning our ability, isn’t it sort of the point for our skill to look and feel natural?”

The problem is that we feel unworthy from time to time. But, as Seth Godin explained in a blog post,[6] “When you feel unworthy, any kind response, positive feedback or reward feels like a trick, a scam, the luck of the draw.”

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Feeling worthy without feeling entitled is possible. And, finding the right balance between them is critical for overcoming impostor syndrome. “Humility and worthiness have nothing at all to do with defending our territory,” Godin continues. “We don’t have to feel like a fraud to also be gracious, open, or humble.”

4. Keep a “Brag Sheet”

When you were sending out college applications, did you build yourself a “brag sheet?” If not, here’s a clean description from Shawna Newman,[7] “A brag sheet is very similar to a student resume – it highlights your accomplishments, key experiences, leadership skills, and employment throughout your secondary education.” In short, “it’s a quick reference guide with all the details and achievements for someone trying to get to know you better.”

While it may be awkward at first, you can apply the same concept when coping with imposter syndrome. Just compose a list of your accomplishments, activities, skills. That’s it. Just remember Godin’s advice and also be humble and gracious.

As an added perk, besides being an effective way to talk myself up, I’ve also found that this has helped me stop comparing myself to others. Instead of harping about other people’s milestones, I’m honing in on what I’ve done.

5. Celebrate Wins, Period

Speaking of accomplishments, they shouldn’t be categorized as small or big. After all, you feel as if you don’t belong when you have imposter syndrome. So, the more you celebrate your wins, the more confident you’ll become.

Furthermore, accept compliments without qualifying them and practice listening to praise every day. Finally, become kinder to yourself by saying at least one kind thing to yourself daily. And, give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back.

6. Assemble a Legion of Superheroes

“You know how corporations have a board of directors to — in theory — make them stronger, maintain checks and balances, leverage resources, and help advance the organization’s vision?” asks inspirational speaker, speaking coach, and creative consultant Tania Katan.[8] “Why not assemble your own board of directors to leverage resources to help make your career stronger, keep you in check and balanced, and advance your vision?”

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“My friend Alison Wade, president of conferences, training, and consulting at Techwell, calls her personal board of directors her “front-row” — those are the people she invites to sit spitting distance from the stage, cheer her on, challenge her, and review her performance,” Katan writes.

As for Katan, she calls hers a “legion of superheroes.” The reason? “I dig the idea of joining forces to do good in the corporate galaxy.”

It’s important to have a diverse group of individuals who will defend you. Ideally, they should be varied in all dimensions, such as cultural background, way of thinking, and skills.

Katan recommends that you meet together frequently, whether if that’s once a week or every quarter. “Share your experiences, fears, creative ideas, aspirations,” she adds. “Celebrate each other’s accomplishments.” You also need to both support and challenge each other. “Discover what you are capable of doing when you combine your powers.”

7. Visualize Success

Follow the example of a professional athlete by imagining yourself crushing that presentation or project. You’ll enjoy the relief from performance-related stress. And, more importantly, it can help you avoid focusing on the worst-case scenario.

Final Words of Advice

While there’s no single formula to cure imposter syndrome, the tips listed above are a start. After all, your success depends on your ability to fight the negative effects of it. For example, feeling unworthy over time can lead to crippling anxiety and depression if left untreated.

If you’ve tried the above, then make sure that you speak to someone about what you’re experiencing, whether it’s a mentor, peer group, or licensed professional. And, above all else, there’s a place at the table for everyone — no matter what your inner voice is telling you.

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How to Silence the Impostor Syndrome was originally published on Calendar by John Rampton.

Featured photo credit: Laurenz Kleinheider via unsplash.com

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