Why Successful People Are Successful

by | Feb 7, 2023 | Leadership, Self-Improvement

What’s the secret to success? Why are some people going above and beyond their wildest dreams, while others are falling short? Why are successful people, well … successful? The truth is, there is not one single thing that some people are doing and others aren’t. Success comes as a result of little things strung together over time.  

Are you ready to take the next steps toward your own goals? Though they may seem small, adopting these habits and characteristics will help you get there. 

Pay attention to how you spend your nights. 

A woman lays on a teal couch with her legs over the back of the couch as she reads a book.

You may think that in order to be successful, you must get up at an ungodly hour, drink a ton of coffee, and be fully focused on your dreams from the moment you open your eyes until the time you fall asleep on your spreadsheets at your desk. While this may work for some people (though not exactly ideal), take a moment to think about how you spend your evenings. 

Maybe after you get off work you like to scroll through Facebook™, mindlessly watching other people post about their success. Maybe you like to spend hours watching Netflix™, investing your time into the lives of the fictional characters on screen.  

What if you were to restructure your nights to help you get closer to your goals? This could mean reading 10 pages of a personal development book, getting a short workout in, or even just getting an adequate amount of sleep to recharge for the next day. If you have a goal of starting a side hustle, your evenings would be an ideal time to work on it. As Jerry Rice once said, “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.” Focus on utilizing your evenings to set yourself up for success.        

Get comfortable being uncomfortable. 

Trying new things can be scary, especially if they’re nowhere near what you’re used to doing. The reality is that we need to be outside of our comfort zones in order to learn and grow. Five-time entrepreneur Auren Hoffman says that if you want to maximize your learning, you need to make sure you’re doing hard things 70% of the time.

Getting out of your comfort zone doesn’t have to mean taking giant leaps right out of the gate. In fact, baby steps are best to start. Challenge yourself to face one of your small fears or to learn one new thing each day. It may feel weird to try new things at first, but it’s truly the only way we grow.  

Successful people get organized. 

A woman sits on a bed of white blanks writing in a planner. The planner sits on a wooden tray and also has a mug with tea in it. A geometric designed pillow is next to the woman.

Staying on top of your day-to-day responsibilities is essential to your success, and there are so many incredible resources available to help you stay organized. Whether you prefer a digital calendar, like this one from Google™, or writing out your to-do list for the day by hand in a planner, there are plenty of options. 

Another idea is to start a bullet journal. If you’ve never heard of them, these are basically a planner and a journal combined. They make it easy to track different aspects of your life all in one aesthetically pleasing place. Read this article for details on how you can easily start bullet journaling for yourself.  

Stay healthy.  

You’ll be tempted to prioritize other things over your health on your journey to success, but don’t be fooled. Your health should be one of the main things you’re focused on in order to have the energy to pursue your goals. 

Getting into a healthy routine can be tough, especially if you’ve already established some bad habits, and haven’t we all? Start by committing to low-intensity workouts 2-3 times a week (think going for a long walk) and making healthier choices when it comes to mealtimes (try eating twice the amount of veggies you normally do instead of that extra scoop of pasta). Take a look at these products to help you get started in the right direction. 

It all adds up.

Success is all about the little things. Being great at what you do is a matter of preparation, intentionality, and hard work. Implement these habits into your routine to get closer to achieving your goals.  

Looking to adopt more great habits? Read our blog post here on “Four Mindsets to Help You Stay Focused When Filled With Distress.”