Have you ever felt that somebody who wins all the time has their luck working for them? And that their life is nice and easy compared to yours? Haven’t we all? But, unfortunately that’s not even close to being the truth. The fact is that winning and losing have some things in common: they are both habits. You probably know someone who can’t win at the game of life, no matter how many advantages he’s given. You also know someone that’s the exact opposite. He wins at everything, even though he doesn’t seem to have any advantages.
Which of those two would you like to be? The winner! right? If you could just develop these simple habits listed below you’d be amazed at how dramatically you will increase your chances of winning consistently!
1. Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound) goals. You can’t win if you don’t define the goal. Know what you’re trying to accomplish. Set clear goals with reasonable deadlines. Create a target that you find motivating and exciting. Choose the target, but be flexible in your approach to achieving the goal. Celebrate all wins! Celebrate each and every milestone achieved! Stay in the energy of gratitude.
2. Develop habits that serve you. Replace the habits that don’t serve your goal with the ones that do. Discipline and willpower are in limited supply. Use them to create the habits you need to reach your goals. Once you have a habit, willpower becomes unnecessary. For example, if your goal is to release 30 lbs of body weight, develop healthy eating and exercise habits. If your goal is to find your most compatible soul mate, develop a habit of being open and talking to people you meet. If your goal is to find more leads for your business, be open to going to business networking events!
3. Simplify your life. Our lives are full of things that get in the way. They can be possessions, activities, or even people. Get rid of the junk in your life. Make room for success and minimize the obstacles and distractions you face.
4. Get a mentor. It’s true that you can accomplish a lot on your own but you can accomplish much more with a mentor. Odds are that someone has already accomplished your goal. Wouldn’t it make sense to get some guidance and advice since you’re taking the same journey? There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel. Take advantage of the successes and mistakes others made before you, just model their successes and learn from their mistakes!
5. Take full responsibility. You’re ultimately responsible for your own success. Even if you have a mentor, it’s still your responsibility. Be comfortable with this. It means that you are the one in control.
6. Learn to fail forward. Failing is just getting a result you didn’t intend. You may have failed at something, but it does not mean that you are a failure. Failures are opportunities to perfect your approach. The more you fail, and the more you learn from it, the more successful you’ll eventually become. Everyone fails. However, it’s important not to repeat your failures. Ensure you’re learning something each time. Remember! “Every master was once a disaster!”
7. Be wise with how you use your time. Time is the great equalizer. We all have 24 hours each day. Using these hours wisely is the key. Are you spending your time wisely or wasting it? Only you know the answer! The most successful people are those that make the most of their 24 hours.
8. Invest in yourself. More knowledge results in more effective decisions. Invest in educating yourself through books, motivational CDs, seminars and workshops. It’s you who is the real asset! But avoid the trap of learning at the expense of actually doing something. Spend a few hours each week learning something that you can apply towards achieving your goals.
9. Persevere. Winners don’t quit. You can’t lose if you don’t quit. Just keep on going! You’ll eventually win as long as you’re willing to persist. If you quit, you’ve lost! Build the perseverance habit into your daily life. When you have the urge to quit an activity, keep going until that activity is completed. It might be folding the laundry, cleaning the house, exercising, or working on a report for work. Learn to stick with tasks after you feel the desire to stop. The habit will transfer to other activities!
Winning is the result of having a goal, developing useful habits, and persisting until success is achieved. Winning doesn’t take any more work than losing. The work is just different! Begin today to develop the habits you need to win consistently. You Deserve To Be A Winner.