Successful people seem to have a knack for doing the right thing at the right time. Whether they’re landing a big client or making a healthy meal, they know how to turn their goals into accomplishments. It’s no wonder so many of us want to emulate their success. However, it’s important to note that there are many factors that contribute to the success of a person or company.
Some of these factors are innate, but most can be learned. As a professional coach, I have noticed that the most successful people share a few common traits. Here are seven things that all successful people do daily to set themselves up for success:
Successful people believe in their own abilities. They have confidence in their skills and talents, but they are also self-critical and constantly look for ways to improve. For example, if they notice that they have poor listening skills, they take steps to address them. This can include reading books on leadership, seeking out training, or even hiring a mentor.
They have a strong work ethic. They put in the extra effort to be a top performer. This doesn’t mean they work long hours, but rather that they focus on the most important tasks each day and don’t let anything or anyone interfere with their ability to get the job done.
While everyone procrastinates at times, successful people make it a point to work on their most important goals and tasks first. They also avoid distractions, such as checking social media or watching television, by planning their day the night before. In addition, they often engage in fitness habits, such as exercising or taking a yoga class.
Many of the world’s most successful people have an extensive network of business associates. They rely on this network to help them find new clients, opportunities, or resources. This can be as simple as asking a coworker for a recommendation or as complex as joining an industry association to meet potential business partners.
Successful people are good communicators. They communicate clearly and concisely in written form and in person. They are also able to listen well. This is a critical skill for achieving success, as it allows them to understand the needs of their clients and prospects.
They are able to identify the weaknesses in others and work towards improving them. This is not out of competition or jealousy, but instead through the process of positive emulation. For example, if they see someone with excellent public speaking skills, they may study videos of that person’s presentations to learn how to speak more effectively.
They don’t think in terms of “work/life balance.” Instead, they focus on “life,” and they design a lifestyle that they can be proud of. They enjoy what they do, and they are able to balance work and personal life in a way that suits their unique lifestyle. This is a key component to happiness and success in any area.