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5 Keys to Everyday Success

5 Keys to Everyday Success

“People who succeed at the highest level are not lucky; they’re doing something differently than everyone else.” -Tony Robbins

In a world full of influences beyond our control that have the potential to hold us back, there are things that you can do every day to impact the success present in your life.

With media messages that are distracting and unhelpful to your goals, with people bringing you down, and even messages saying you can’t win so often occurring, there are things that you can do every day to impact your mind and your reality to attain the success that you are after.

By applying the following daily success tips you will be able to fill your mind with positivity, turn away from the negatives in a way only to enhance who you are and who you will become. The success in your life is yours for the taking.

The following are the 5 tips to everyday success:

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1. Nourish your mind

Every day, fill your mind with positive information that challenges you and forces you to grow. This means getting away from the Facebook and Twitter feeds that are complaining or gossiping. Even the daily news can be toxic to your success as it focuses on things that are wrong in the world rather than the things that are positive and inspirational.

Make it a habit where you spend 15 minutes to an hour every day digesting information that is going to be useful to your success and will help you to become a better person. There are plenty of success books out there, find one that sparks your interest and awakens your mind each day.

2. Stimulate your body

Take time each day to push your body so that it will be able to further support you in your goals. Our mind and body are one in that stress, fear, and even some physical trauma is stored in the body. By doing something strenuous you get the opportunity to exercise and exert these opposing forces.

Whether it is taking a run in the morning, doing yoga, or going to the gym after work, do something for your body. I have run every morning since I was 14. Making this a daily habit was challenging, but I can’t not do it now. Take the time to take care of your body and it will take care of you and your success.

3. Find a role model

There are people all over the world who are doing or who have done exactly what you would like to accomplish or something similar. If you don’t know of these people yet or you don’t have a role model go out there and find one. They will help show you ways of becoming an even better you.

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People like Tony Robbins, Eckhart Tolle, Brene Brown, Steve Jobs, and Gary Vaynerchuck are all knowledgeable examples of success that you can learn from. Pick someone that you resonate with and absorb their information to learn what they do so that you can improve what you are capable of.

4. Take action

Our rewards come only from the actions that we take. Someone once told me that there is no such thing as luck, but when you start taking massive action then one feels a whole hell of a lot luckier. The action is and will be the key to your success.

The only reason why others are having the success that you are not is because of the action they are taking. In the long-term, the sustainable success that you will find is going to come from the actions you take. Get out there and start somewhere and make that first step towards your success.

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Martin Luther King Jr

5. Give back to others

On your journey towards success, you will come to realize that it is about more than just you. It will be a lonely and uncompelling fight for you if you are only fighting for your prosperity alone. However, when the purpose becomes larger than yourself, this is a battle you are driven to win.

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Take the time to help others who are less fortunate than yourself. Life is above giving and when you realize that we all have more than enough, then our hearts grow in the act of helping other people. You will be amazed at just how good you can feel when you give to someone else with no expectation of getting something back in return.

In any great success story, there were thousands of things getting in the hero’s way. Life will not be without obstacles and you will have to earn your way to true success. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

True success that is just given or handed to a person will go unappreciated and will be taken for granted. If, however, you change your mind, change your life, and impact the world around you then you will know a life which few only know and many dream of.

Taking these steps and making them part of your daily routine will change your environment and put you in a position of giving yourself the positive resources and tools necessary to becoming that person of success that you imagine yourself to be.

One of the most common things that I find among people is that they have the hardest time making success a daily habit for themselves. Don’t be part of this group who knows all about success, but fails to implement it in their life.

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Success or failure in life depends on you and you alone.

What is stopping you from bringing success into your life?

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Last Updated on July 17, 2019

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

What happens in our heads when we set goals?

Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

The Neurology of Ownership

Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

The Upshot for Goal-Setters

So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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