What are successful people made of? Blind luck, strategic connections, family money and countless breaks? Or are they made of drive, willingness to learn, patience and discipline? According to Entrepreneur, it’s the latter.
Successful people also avoid bad habits and the trap of self-doubt. What’s more, they learn from their mistakes. Following are five things that successful people never do twice.
Repeat Something That Doesn’t Work
When successful people do something that isn’t working, they stop what they’re doing, take stock of their situation and strive not to make that mistake again. They don’t blindly keep doing the same thing hoping for a different result.
To learn from your mistakes, you must first acknowledge your errors and figure out where things went wrong. Shift gears, consider what can change and make a new, better plan, says Forbes.
Choose Short-Term Gains Over Long-Term Rewards
Successful people tend to choose long-term rewards over short-term comforts or gains. Many short-term decisions can hurt long-term growth, advises Entrepreneur. If you’re opening a boutique, for example, cheap commercial space may look appealing, but it might not be in the greatest location. Choosing a more expensive, centrally located spot could increase your odds of success.
If you want to have a successful mindset, you should contemplate the long-term consequences of your decisions. This can help you stay on the path toward your future goals.
Fail to Evaluate Goals and Progress
Stunning Motivation recommends tracking and evaluating goal progress. This can help you stay on top of deadlines and identify the steps you still need to take to succeed. Successful people strive to create actionable goals that they can track and measure along the way. Break down your goals into reasonable steps and don’t forget to celebrate the milestones.
Speak Negatively to Themselves
A negative internal dialogue can dramatically impact success, and not in a good way. Thinking you’re not good enough, catastrophizing every little setback, second-guessing yourself and making excuses for your behaviors can sabotage your success and affect your behavior.
Successful people find a way to get around the self-doubt and negative speak. Instead, they think positively and believe in themselves and their plans for the future. Pay attention to the way you talk to yourself and learn to replace the self-defeating thoughts with positive ones.
Fail to See the Big Picture
Successful people are able to see the big picture. If you can’t keep your eye on the ball, you can get mired down in the day-to-day of your life and lose sight of your dreams and goals. Keep the big picture at the forefront through visualization and by putting your goals on paper.
Success often has more to do with your attitude than your connections. If you want to be successful in your career or in life, you must cultivate the attributes that will propel you toward success. And you should also strive to never make the same mistake twice.
~Here’s to Your Success!
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