Success to us Americans is as peanut butter is to jelly, and wine to the country France. For us Americans most of us have come to know that if we work hard, invest time, money, and energy into work then we will one day become successful. The paradox of today is that the ability to become extremely successful, and fail are only separated by an extremely thin line. The path to success is never easy, nor straight forward, but something that we know is that there are common traits that the world’s most successful people posses. Wether you are an artist, creative, or entrepreneur, the following habits will help you elevate yourself to the next level without needing to invest thousands of dollars.
- Working on yourself is the very first thing that needs to be discussed. If you work for a company, or a startup you will know how hard it is to take time, and invest into yourself. You are important, far more important than companies will value you. At the end of the day, a company is more focused on the bottom line, much more than they are personally invested into you. If you have hobbies, or things that make you feel at peace, then you should try squeezing them into your mornings, or evenings. Practicing mindfulness is also another important topic that is surfacing up in the business community. Mindfulness doesn’t mean meditation, but it does mean that you should take some time out of your day to center yourself. There is a saying that “the mind is a dark alley that most of us wouldn’t dare walk in”, and for some of us that’s true. The goal isn’t to shut down your mind, this is simply impossible, but finding dedicated time for yourself to think, or work with all the thoughts in our head is extremely beneficial for us. Remember, you matter the most, start treating yourself that way.
- Working on your health is important for a lot of reasons, not just appearance. Working out increases our immune system, which should be a buzzword for us workaholics out there. If you want to be in top shape and avoid taking time off due to sickness, daily exercise is your key to success. Your energy, and breathing are also something to note because energy is what keeps us going through the day, and breathing can help us manage stressful situations. Sometimes we will never realize it but we aren’t breathing in as much oxygen as we could, or should be consuming due to situations that cause stress on the brain. We could get into various other reasons such as sex, sleep, and mood, but those are far more personal than we are willing to preach at this time!
- Working on your education is by far one of the most underrated opportunities that we have in todays competitive world. Learning more about cultures, community, languages, and people allow us to connect on levels that are far deeper than the superficial relationships that we have with colleagues per say. The benefits to learning can help us with decision-making, increase the value of our relationships, increase employability, and improves brain function. Let’s just say that the benefits of reading, learning, and enriching ourselves through experiences are uncanny. The best way to learn anything new, or read a book is to simply invest 30 minutes a day. That is about the same amount of time that it takes to cook a meal, or commute to work. Consider this, some of us spend 10 hours a day, or more on social media.
- Working on your relationships can be difficult for many reasons. Dependent upon where you live for example cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle require you to travel for a great amount of time for minimum distances. As we get older, get into relationships, get married, or take job opportunities in different cities it is our consistent relationships that make us whole, and get us through difficult times. You never know, it’s the people in our network that can sometimes open doors for us we never thought existed. If you can carve out an hour, or two for a former colleague, or a friend that you’ve been dying to see, it is worth it. All you need to do is show up.
- Working within the community is equally one of the most beneficial things you can do to yourself on an emotional level. There is no comparison to the feelings and experiences you can get by putting a smile on the faces of someone in need. There are people out there seeking help, along with organizations out there to help them. You don’t need to be superhuman, or give millions of dollars to have an impact on someone’s life. The hard thing about volunteer hours is that the times when we are available, weekends normally, are usually when most organizations close. Though this could be true, this is no excuse, as there are organizations that have flexible volunteer opportunities. Also, something that we can do is ask our employer about these opportunities during work hours. For some companies this actually works in their favor to have hours invested into community, and charity, so just take a chance!
Note that not every opportunity works well for everyone, as we all have different schedules, and lifestyles. The most important thing is investing in you, because you are worth it. Taking a bit of time every day to improve yourself will not only make you a better person in work, but life, and relationships. The path to success is more a journey than a destination. Keep working hard everyday, and working on yourself, and one day you will wake up realizing that you’ve accomplished so much without taking the time to smell the roses!
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