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Success is a broad term that may have a different meaning to different people. To some, it may mean to acquire a better job or a better position in an organization or get promoted, and to some, it may mean to start one’s own business and make it successful. Similarly, living the best life may have a different meaning for different individuals.
In order to be successful and live the best life, here are some important rules which, if followed will lead to a successful and best life.
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The first and foremost thing to be successful in life and live your best life is to Know Yourself. Knowing yourself is the key to success.
- Know what you have and what is missing.
- Know where you stand today
- Know your strength
- Know your weakness,
- Know what you lack, so that you can work on it to improve
- Know your purpose in life
- Know what your motivation in life is
- Know what you want to achieve in life
- Know what gives you satisfaction
TAKE FULL CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE
“No one has power over you unless you give it to them, you are in control of your life, and your choices decide your own fate.” – Leon Brown
You and only YOU are responsible for what happens in your life. The direction of your life depends solely on the decisions you make. Therefore, it is necessary that you take full control of your life and make your own life decisions. Decisions that you find appropriate. Once you do this, you will have complete control over your life. You should not let others to drive your life, influence your decisions or choices. In this case, you will not have anyone else to blame for your mistakes, rather you will learn from your mistakes and next time do better than before.
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.“― Steve Maraboli
Being fully in control of your life will give you a sense of satisfaction, and the decisions or choices you make will have an important influence on your life. Once you take full control of your life, you will have the power to give direction to your life and be in charge of your life. No doubt that there are few things like natural or environmental changes that you cannot control, but what you can do is how to react to them. The way you respond to such changes or situations will decide your future.
“Take the power to control your own life. Take the power to make your life happy.” – Susan Polis Schutz
SELF DISCIPLINE AND COMMITMENT
“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” – Lou Holtz
Self-discipline and commitment are the personality traits that drive oneself towards success and a happy life. Whether you like to do something or not, but you have to do it is called self-discipline. For example, some days, you don’t want to wake up early in the morning and stay asleep, but you don’t sleep; rather, you wake up early because you have commitments to honour. This is the attitude that you need to be successful in life. You must fulfil the commitments you made. This will not only give you satisfaction but will also lead to respect in society. On the contrary, if you don’t honour your commitments, it may affect your self-confidence and self-esteem; more importantly you will lose clarity in your life.
“The first and best victory is to conquer self.” Plato
Commitments are the choices YOU can make. You should only make those commitments that you can fulfil, but you should learn the art of saying NO if you cannot. Once you do commitment, you should fulfil that commitment by any means. Making fewer commitments won’t do any harm; however, making a commitment and not fulfilling it will have its repercussions
When you look at successful people, no matter which walks of life they belong to, one of the most common personality traits among them will be self-discipline and commitment. This personality trait is one of the major reasons why they are respected in society.
HAVE SELF-BELIEF: BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”- Winston S. Churchill
“Can do attitude” is the attitude that has led the world to where it is today. A can-do attitude is an attitude where one has self-belief that I can do this. It is the motivation that motivates you towards completion of what you want to do, to transform your ideas into reality. There are many people who have very creative ideas, but they lack self-belief, and that is why they are unable to put their ideas into action. When you look at the important inventions, discoveries, advancements in technologies, they were once merely ideas or thoughts. Thoughts that were put into action due to the self-belief and the “Can do attitude” of their inventors.
When you look at the success stories of successful people, you will see that they have faced failure in the beginning, and some have faced failures for years and years, but it was due to their self-belief and their “Can do attitude” that have transformed their ideas into reality. One who does not have self-belief cannot be successful nor happy in life.
NEVER GIVE UP
“Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to a solution.” ― David J. Schwartz
In our daily life, we come across many people who once thought that they could change the world or make a difference, but we see that they failed to do so or have given up on that thought. Why is that so? It is because of a lack of patience. Patience is one of the most important factors that lead to success.
We cannot achieve our goals at once or right after the execution of our plans, there will be obstacles, failures, problems, but we need to be patient. Perseverance is the key to success. If you face failure in the beginning, you don’t need to give up; instead, analyze the reason(s) of failure and make amends to your plans, strategy, and try again. If it doesn’t work, try again with minor changes. Try till you get what you wanted but Never Give Up. Whenever you feel like giving up, think about why you started in the first place, this will give you the motivation to have patience and complete what you started.
FOCUS ON THE FUTURE, LIVE IN THE NOW AND LET GO OF THE PAST
People who live in their past can never make progress in the future. You should; you must learn from the mistakes you have in the past. Let go of your past. Don’t waste your energy thinking of the past; rather, use that energy to build up a better future.
You cannot go back and change the past, but you can start today and build a better future.
Don’t let your past haunt you, move on because you cannot change what happened in the past. Concentrate on TODAY that will build your future. Focus on tomorrow, on what you want and what you should, not on what you could have. Successful people learn from the mistakes they have made in the past by analyzing the factors that have led to the failures.
MAKE CHANGES TO YOUR LIFESTYLE
To be successful, you need to make changes to your lifestyle. If you have a habit of sleeping late in the night and waking up late in the morning, you need to work on that because it will affect your health and close many avenues that might be necessary for your success. What you need to do is to make changes to your routine. You should try to sleep early so that you wake up early in the morning and when you wake up early in the morning you will not only have a healthy life, but you will have all day at your disposal and plenty of time that can be used in a productive way. This way, you will never say that you don’t have time for this or that.
Another change you have to make to your routine is to add some healthy activity to your life like going out for a walk, doing some exercise, or yoga. This will not only keep you healthy but will also give you peace of mind and relief from your day to day stress.
Take negative people out of your life. If you have people in your circle who don’t have anything but negativity in them, change the company you keep. This will help you look at everything from a positive perspective. As William Shakespeare said,
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
Watching News Channels or using Social Media so that you are up to date with what is going around but sitting in front of News Channels on TV or Social Media all day long will not do any good but will bring negativity. Therefore, you should try to reduce the time you spent in front of the TV or on Social Media.
Make a daily schedule, a to-do list, and prioritize your activities but do not forget to take time for yourself. Try to organize yourself, your work, your workplace. The common misconception we have is that if someone has the messiest table at the workplace, is the busiest and the hardest worker; rather, it is contrary to that. Try to be organized and keep your workplace organized; this will make everything in your reach and save time. As Benjamin Franklin said,
“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.”
Stop finding excuses for not doing things; rather, find reasons for doing things. When you do so, you will have to leave your comfort zone, which is not an easy thing to do so. Your mind will start making different excuses like it is not the right time; you don’t have the resources to do this; you are too young, and many more. But if you overcome these excuses and do not wait for the right time (because there is no such thing as the right time), success will be waiting for you at the other end of the bridge.
STOP PLEASING EVERYONE
You cannot always please everyone, so Stop Please Everyone, and start focusing on pleasing yourself. In order to be successful and live your best life, you need to learn to say “NO.” When you try to please everyone by agreeing with them and by saying “Yes” to all the favours they ask for, you will end up overburdened, stressed, lose focus on your own goals, and you might end up losing your self-respect. When you stop pleasing everyone and learn the art to say “NO,” you will have plenty of time to yourself and focus on what you want to do rather than doing something that others want you to do. By saying no, you are actually refusing to be taken for granted without any guilt. No matter whether it is personal life or professional, the moment you stop pleasing everyone, you will feel better, you will start giving importance to yourself because you are the most important person in your life.
“To find yourself, think for yourself.” – Socrates
So, in order to be successful and live the best life, develop a habit of saying “No” to the unreasonable favours of others and say “Yes” to yourself.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO TAKE RISKS
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.” — T.S. Eliot
It is often attributed that reward is the outcome of the risk you take. In order to grow, to move ahead, you have to make bold decisions. You have to take the risk in order to gain a reward. Often, people are too afraid of failure that they give up on their dreams. If you want to achieve something in life, you have to give up on the fear of failure. You have to take the risks.
When you look at the successful people, just think what would have happened if they didn’t take the risk? Where would they be standing if they have let their fear stop them from taking the risk? The answer to this question will be that they wouldn’t have reached the level of success they are standing now.
If you want to progress in life, you have to take risks; otherwise how would you know your potential? How would you know what you are capable of? And how would you accomplish your goals?
“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” – Peter Drucker
FIND YOUR INNER PEACE
“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future, and if you are at peace, you are living in the present.” —Lao Tzu
The most important factor or element to have a successful life and live the best life is to have inner peace. What is inner peace? According to Wikipedia, “Inner peace (or peace of mind) refers to a state of being mentally and spiritually at peace, with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong in the face of discord or stress. Being ‘at peace’ is considered by many to be healthy, and the opposite of being stressed or anxious.”
How can you acquire inner peace? A person can have inner peace in a variety of ways.
- Make peace with yourself: accept who you are. Forgive your own mistakes. Let go of the past and live in the present. Focus on your present and future rather than your past. Learn from the mistakes you made in the past; do not repeat them.
- Do Not Cheat: at any point in life, if you cheat or do wrongdoing, it will haunt you at some point in time. You may get temporary benefit out of cheating, but eventually, bad karma will get you, therefore, be very clear and truthful in your dealing. Do not use others for your own benefit. Do not climb over the shoulders of others or in other words, do not claim others’ hard work or success as yours.
- Stop being a robot: we are human beings and not a machine or robot. We have feelings, limitations, emotions. Do not work as if you are some kind of a robot; instead, take a break, take “Me time” for yourself and your family, take a vacation to freshen up your mind. Do some mindful exercise on a daily basis.
- Be true to yourself: Do not try to imitate others. You are who you are. Do not try to be someone you are not.
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