Do you ever have one of those days where you know you’ve worked hard but don’t feel like you’ve accomplished anything?
Sometimes you just don’t feel like you’re making any progress toward your next goal.
It is all too easy for people to become engrossed in the motions and routines of daily life.
It’s so easy to go through your daily routine subconsciously, not thinking about what you’re doing.
You get up, shower, dress, drive to work, eat dinner, and then go to bed. Rinse and re-rinse.
Let’s face it, most people don’t care and just want to get through the day so they can get to the weekend and do what truly makes them happy.
Success does not come from allowing the autopilot to take over. If you want to achieve your long-term goals, you must be aware of your daily decisions.
Life does not have to be a series of robotic routines repeated day after day until the weekend arrives.
In fact, you can consciously do things every day to ensure that you are setting yourself up for long-term success rather than just going through the motions on autopilot.
Where do you begin? Here are five success factors that you should make a concerted effort to apply every day.
1. Be Passionate
Find Some Passion in Your Daily Life
Most of us do not have our dream job, but being passionate about something is one of the most important factors in our success.
Even if you are not passionate about your day job (which the majority of people are not), everyone is passionate about something.
Take time out of our busy lives to pursue your passions and work on something you genuinely enjoy. Even if only for a brief moment, you will be living life on your own terms.
As creative individuals, we are motivated by our passions. Make a concerted effort to carve out time in your schedule to pursue a personal interest that you genuinely enjoy.
Work, game programming, golf, fishing, yoga, or whatever it is that drives and makes you happy.
Take time to indulge in what makes you happy and be passionate about it. It may appear to be counterintuitive to achieving your objectives.
Taking this time for yourself, on the other hand, will allow you to maintain focus when it comes time to buckle down and work.
All work and no play, as they say, makes (insert name here) a dull boy or girl.
2. Maintain Focus
Unwanted Distractions Are the Enemy of Progress
One of the most difficult things for people to do when trying to be productive is to maintain their focus.
Especially when it comes to working on your own passions outside of the office. It wasn’t easy 20 years ago, and it’s not getting any easier now.
Indeed, with smartphones everywhere, we are now constantly connected to the internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We are inundated with cat videos, irritating game requests, and text messages from friends and family.
When you want to get shit done, it’s nearly impossible to avoid these distractions.
Having said that, it’s not all bad news.
When it’s time to buckle down and get to work, we can employ a variety of strategies to avoid distractions.
Here are some simple strategies to help you focus when it matters the most.
Set a Timer
Setting a timer, even for as little as 15-20 minutes at a time, can help you stay focused.
Make a promise to yourself not to check your phone or Facebook until the timer goes off.
Work as hard as you can for those 20 minutes in a sprint, then take a 5-minute break to check your messages and watch that dude get hit in the nuts or have water poured on his head on Facebook.
If you develop self-discipline, you will be able to complete tasks while still having the freedom to indulge in your distractions.
Give Up Your Phone
Some people are taken aback by this. Did you know that our obsession with our phones causes a psychological disorder?
It’s called Nomophobia, and it literally means “fear of not having a mobile phone.”
Try going without your phone for a day. It’s not as simple as some of you may believe.
I’m not suggesting you lock your phone in a vault, but combine this with the timer strategy and give your phone to a spouse or a friend to hold until your break time.
If you have the self-control to ignore your phone on your own, that’s great; if not, enlist the assistance of some close friends. At least until you get used to doing it without them.
Trust me, it’s not as bad as it sounds, and you’ll be surprised at how much work you can get done using this strategy.
This is a strategy I learned while traveling around Southeast Asia, where internet access isn’t always reliable.
Assume you’re working on a computer and don’t need a constant internet connection. In that case, you can use this strategy in conjunction with the other two.
Unplug your Ethernet cable or turn it off entirely.
You can even have a separate laptop or computer that is completely disconnected from the internet.
This will allow you to really buckle down and focus on your work without being distracted by the internet’s constant competition for your time.
There are no online games, Facebook, or email here; just a work-focused, no-nonsense computer for getting things done.
You may shudder at the thought of setting a timer, but you are confident in your self-discipline.
Instead, try this. You can set micro-goals and take breaks between completing them. Consider the task of writing a blog post.
Tell yourself that you will not check Facebook or read emails until you have completed at least the first three paragraphs.
As you write, make a mental note to remind yourself of the micro goal you’ve established.
Reaching a few of these micro-goals will surprise you at how easy it is to complete the task at hand without being distracted every two minutes.
3. Trust Your Instincts
Sometimes You Just Have to Go With Your Gut
This is one of the most overlooked success factors that people overlook.
Wouldn’t it be nice to always be able to make decisions with 20/20 vision?
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every decision we made in life were crystal clear?
Yes, but life doesn’t always work that way, and you don’t always have a time machine to help you make decisions.
As the adage goes, hindsight is always 20/20.
When life throws you these curveballs, it is easy to second-guess yourself.
As I have previously stated, one of the primary keys to success is self-confidence.
You must have faith in yourself and your ability to make decisions.
Assume you are constantly second-guessing yourself and are unsure of your decisions. In that case, you will never become the confident leader or successful individual that you know you are capable of becoming.
Successful people are self-assured.
If you are constantly concerned about the consequences of every decision you make. Repeatedly replaying it in your head. Concerned about whether you made the right decision. You will be under constant stress and anxiety.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t consider the impact and consequences of your decisions, but I am saying take the bull by the horns, man up, and make a choice.
You must trust your instincts, and being confident in your decisions is the key to success.
When you are unsure about something and have considered all of the facts. Trust Your Instincts and Follow Your Gut Feelings!
4. Be Persistent
Persistence Is One of the Keys to Long-Term Success in Any Endeavor
People are frequently told that persistence is a critical success factor. Nonetheless, it is also one of the most overlooked.
People are always looking for the quickest way out.
They want a diet pill that will give them 6-pack abs without them having to work out or eat properly. They want the get-rich-quick method or the real estate millionaire to reveal his secrets to becoming a millionaire overnight.
In the back of our minds, we all know this is nonsense because life doesn’t work that way, and nothing great is easy.
In nature, there is no such thing as a free lunch. The only way to master your interests and achieve success is to be persistent and diligent.
Life and learning are essentially a series of failures.
You fail, learn from it, try again, fail less, and repeat the process until you achieve your goals and get it right.
This is how things work in real life. This is how you gain mastery and achieve success. There is no quick fix for success.
If you give up every time things get difficult, you will never get anywhere in life.
Never give up, and never let anyone stop you from achieving your goals.
Persistence is the difference between those who are sitting on the sidelines, feeling sorry for themselves, and those who are living their dreams and reaching for the stars. Always remember to be persistent!
5. Learn From Others
A Smart Man Makes His Own Mistakes, but a Wise Man Learns From the Mistakes of Others
Some people have a difficult time distinguishing between self-assurance and being conceited or self-absorbed.
The distinction is straightforward. A self-assured person is aware that they are not perfect. They will enlist the help of others who are more skilled and experienced than them in certain areas so that they can benefit from their knowledge and avoid making the same mistakes.
A self-absorbed and arrogant person will disregard the skills and lessons of others, believing that they are automatically better or above making the same mistakes as that other person.
A self-assured person is more likely to succeed than a self-absorbed or conceited person.
Human knowledge, you see, is a living, breathing entity that is passed down from generation to generation.
We learn from one another’s successes and failures. Knowing this can save you years of heartbreak and disappointment.
To truly master any subject, you must constantly learn new things.
Maintain an open mind at all times and soak up information from others like a sponge.
When it comes to almost any subject imaginable, there are many very knowledgeable people in this world.
Learn from their mistakes and from their experience. Avoid making easily avoidable mistakes again and again.
Taking the time to learn from others can provide you with a significant advantage over those who do not see the value in their peers’ knowledge.
To Sum It Up
Some of these points may seem obvious to you. However, we are often so caught up in our daily routines that we fail to consciously apply these success factors in our daily lives.
Even if you do not work at your dream job, you can take small steps each day to achieve success and achieve your goals by pausing to consider and apply these success factors.
Making these habits will make it simple for you to make a positive difference in your life on a daily basis.
Keep in mind that this is a long-distance race, not a sprint. Persistence will be rewarded.
So, when you wake up tomorrow, try to remember to incorporate these five success factors into your daily life.
It is all too easy to get caught up in the daily grind of life.
Take a moment to remember to be passionate, focused, to trust your instincts, to be persistent, and to learn from others.
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