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15 Things Really Successful People Do Often

15 Things Really Successful People Do Often

We all perceive and appreciate extraordinary people around us, who are heroically successful at what they do; particularly people who experience repetitive success in many areas all through their lifetime. We all have our own models of great and successful people, whom we appreciate and admire. There are many reasons that influence success; some of them have conferred their favorite habits or have acknowledged their own actions to reach their goals.

The point to be considered here is most of them were not born into success; they worked hard, they learned and they simply and continuously did things successfully. Here are 15 things successful people often do differently that helps them realize their full potential and the rest of us can easily follow.

1. They trust their creative side

The world’s most successful people always have one thing in common that make them unique: they think differently from others. They trust and understand how their creative mind works; they embrace uncertainty, and they don’t fear failure. Successful people use their creativity to sort through a mass of ideas to discover the ones that fit into a situation—that support the condition—which is a very difficult task which makes them exceptional.

2. They think bigger

Successful people think bigger and they can see the big-picture to predict the future. They are able to predict how the market will change based on present measures.

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3. They plan ahead

Successful people are disciplined when it comes to planning ahead. They believe if someone is not planning for the future, then he must plan to fail. Successful people follow this philosophy and set targets to challenge themselves and the people who work for them.

4. They have fun

Successful people look for what is essential or fun; they make room for activities that balance their work and life. Those who have fun at work, who enjoy while performing their tasks, draw success to them. You can only understand the true satisfaction and joy in your life, if you have learned to have fun.

5. They are not afraid to quit

Successful people never give up on their tasks or dreams, but they always try and admit mistakes and take away lessons to make future projects more successful.

6. They enjoy the ups and downs

Prosperous individuals see life as being occupied with many exhilarating twists and turns. Successful people are brave enough to take risks, face challenges and be hungry to find success in their life.

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7. They take real action

ACTION is THE KEY to SUCCESS. To be successful one needs to be proactive. The most successful people in life are devoted to taking actions in a steady, constant basis. Successful tycoons make decisions fast and act on them just as quickly, instead of sitting on the boundary, trying to make a decision, hoping that the best answer will appear itself.

8. They measure progress

The most successful entrepreneurs use logical systems for measuring the progress of a goal. By measuring progress, they stay on track; they reach their target, and experience the excitement of triumph that spurs them to reach their goals.

9. They work outside of their comfort zone

Substantial moments of opportunity for individual growth and success will swing in your life. Successful people are always looking forward to make constructive changes and new innovations in their life; they embrace these instants of opportunity.

10. They keep things simple

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci

Successful people choose something that’s doable. If something doesn’t work out, they learn from the experience, pick something else and move forward.

11. They focus on continuous improvements

Successful people make a plan while selecting an activity to deal with troubles when they arise. As their strength grows, they take on higher challenges.

12. They learn from mistakes

To be a successful person, focus on the positives – successful people look for the silver lining in all situations. They recognize their positivity will lead them to greatness.

13. They spend time with the right people

Successful people subordinate with people who are compatible, attentive and loyal. They hang out with people who create spirit and connect with persuasive people who are eager for their dreams and goals.

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14. They don’t rely on luck

Superstitious people relate success to being in the right place at the right time. Whereas this is a component of achievement, there’s also the key contributions of blood, sweat and tears. Remember, don’t wait for the perfect timing or indication. Some of the most successful people thrived, even if the timing wasn’t impeccable.

15. They are flexible

Plans, strategies or tactics might change. Successful people move with the strokes. Instead of getting upset and frustrated, they quickly move in another direction.

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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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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