Have you ever found yourself scrolling through LinkedIn or Facebook, marveling at someone else’s success, wondering why your time hasn’t come yet? Maybe you’ve procrastinated on that passion project last quarter. Perhaps you lost interest in the new business you wanted to launch. Or, maybe the universe kept giving you secret signs to just cut your losses. With the smoke and mirrors of social media, it’s easy to question if success is even in the cards for us. I invite you to wade through those smoke and mirrors with me and evaluate what principles can guarantee success.
Strive for persistence, not perfection
It’s easy to get caught up in the perfectionist mindset. The reality is, it doesn’t exist. That’s why it’s so important to prioritize persisting day by day, instead of setting unrealistic goals and standards we can’t hold ourselves to. Persistence is the foundation and structure to your ultimate success. When faced with a roadblock or struggle, many people opt to retreat, it’s hard to blame them. Failure can be embarrassing, and hitting roadblocks along the journey can feel like a punishment at times. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the rich didn’t get rich overnight. Their rewards came after painstaking behind-the-scenes work that most didn’t see happening. Persistence is the only thing will move you forward and join the other success stories. The alternative? Anxiety, dissatisfaction and regret. Don’t let the temporary pain of a slower process stop you from moving forward. Your future self will thank you.
Develop and maintain good habits for your lifestyle
If you want to succeed in business or any goals you’ve set, you first must develop good habits that rule your life. Here are a few habits that are essential in today’s day and age:
- Eating healthy (coffee doesn’t count as a meal)
- Challenging your body, working out (even when you don’t feel like it)
- Sticking to a regular sleep schedule (that means getting proper sleep)
- Meditating and practicing mindfulness (it actually does help reduce anxiety)
- Reading new books and listening to educational podcasts (take a break from Netflix)
- Planning and goal setting (try making a vision board to help visualize your goals)
Take care of yourself, and your business will take care of itself.
Taking action now
We live in a world with an overflow of choices everywhere. It’s no surprise that analysis paralysis happens in our personal and professional lives as well. Analysis paralysis is a state that you can find yourself in when feeling extraordinarily overwhelmed because there are too many choices presented to you. Usually, to make a thoughtful decision, a person might weigh pros and cons, consider different viewpoints, detailed pieces of information and potential outcomes. This can create a sense of confusion and anxiety. As we become more confused, we can experience finding ourselves caught in a whirlwind of thoughts that might leave us feeling as if making a clear, confident decision is impossible. Analysis paralysis stops us from moving forward and keeps us swirling in the whirlwind of thoughts. It can lead to inaction or more dreaming rather than doing. Action is what breeds results and allows you to reach your goals faster.
Remember success is a journey, not a destination.
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