Today’s world is remarkably different from a decade ago, and it will likely be unrecognizable a generation later. While the seasons may change, the idea of success can weather times or trends – primarily since the definition of success is subjective and has no prescriptive path.
No matter how one chooses to define it, several fundamental habits can support building a rewarding life or career. A solid foundation can drive success and help people realize their ultimate potential.
Rise with the sun or a little after it. You do not need to go on a 10 km run but focus instead on things that bring you joy. Read the news, look after your plants, or make breakfast – it is always the little things. Waking up early also gives you extra time to plan the day. Precious time to prioritize work, anticipate challenges, or schedule a class you meant to try ages ago.
Articulate a Vision
The best person to determine what success means is you. Everyone has different ideas of what a successful, meaningful life is. Take the time to understand your definition of success. An excellent way to affirm this vision is by writing it down. List things that value, inspire, and motivate you.
Prioritize Health and Fitness
Keeping your body healthy is essential for the mental acumen required to succeed. Challenging the body gives added energy, providing the brain the clarity it needs to navigate work or personal challenges.
Planning and Discipline
Define a timeline and list the general requirements of the goals you seek. Establish long-term goals as well as short-term milestones. These exercises can help you determine where you are currently, along with things you might need to achieve your goals.
Engagement and Relationship Building
Working towards success is exhilarating but can be fraught with self-doubt. When in doubt, look for inspiration from people in the same field. Read up and seek out people who share similar values and goals. Engaging with multiple people offers a fresh perspective and creates an ecosystem that supports growth.
Learn from Experience
Remember that goal posts can shift in the course of your life. Things do not always go according to plan, but changing course is part of the process. Consider it an opportunity to re-assess and grow, not a sign of failure.
Investing in self-learning can be challenging when life overwhelms. However, the long-term returns of self-improvement are significant. Continual learning is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Take a course, read for pleasure or education – regardless of what you choose, developing these habits goes a long way.
For general wellness, prioritize regular time away from work and electronic devices. Unplug completely and dedicate that time to people and things you love. Maintaining a work-life balance is crucial for sanity and productivity in the long run.
While there is no one path to success, it is the little everyday habits that add up towards achieving success. Define what your personal goals are and do everything in your power to make things happen.
Written by our Senior Recruiter, Andrew Clarke