“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” – Colin Powell
We all have access to the same success principles and principles of successful people.
We are all born with the same blank canvas; we all have opportunity to become successful.
Some of the greatest achievers in the world today came from very humble or even disastrous upbringings. Oprah had extreme trauma in her early years. Sam Walton grew up in a poor farming family during the Depression. Likewise, there are countless others who became titans in their industries despite having a disadvantaged childhood.
What differentiates the ultra-successful from the mediocre then? Quite possibly, the disadvantage in their early years framed their thoughts and provided motivation as they grew.
The reality is that there are certain success principles they – and others who achieve mega-success – follow and habits that they integrate that pave the way for success.
Here is a look at some of the success principles and principles of successful people:
Master a Winning Mindset
Almost every successful entrepreneur has a certain hunger to succeed, a passion to strive for excellence. Consequently, they embrace whatever it takes to get to that point. This includes reading, learning, growing, failing, improving, innovating, and on and on.
Every activity they take on, they do it with without fear of failure and with the right attitude. Mastering your thoughts is a major success principle and is in fact, the key to achieving the proper mindset of success.
Incredible things happen when you become aware of your daily thoughts and begin doing the work to change the thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve you.
Our thoughts eventually become our actions. Therefore, if you would like to create positive results, begin by adopting positive thoughts.
When faced with challenges, have a success mindset that encourages providing solutions rather than one that merely points out or complains about the problems.
Take Health Seriously
There are multiple ways you can stay fit – yoga, walking, running, swimming, tennis, golf, weight lifting Pilates. Furthermore, in terms of nutrition, we have so much science to draw from, yet obesity rates are out of control.
Nobody could possibly perform at their peak in anything – business, life, you name it – if they are 50 pounds overweight. Physical exhaustion is one component, but being unhealthy can take it’s toll mentally as well.
Without proper nutrition, exercise, and a reasonable amount of sleep, it is nearly impossible to perform at your best.
The most prominent entrepreneurs – the ones that run multiple businesses and seem to succeed at everything – are no doubt fueling their bodies with the right food and right activities to get the most out of their bodies and minds.
In reality, they aren’t much different than the average Joe. On the other hand, they are maximizing their potential in any way possible. Further, feeling healthy has an amazing way of boosting confidence as well.
Adopt the Right Habits
One of the best ways to improve yourself and become more successful is to find someone who excels in your area of interest and study what they do. Study their habits – their success principles – and find out how they spend their time.
Many of them might have even written books. In which case, read them.
There is no need to make comparisons, but rather use the information that can be gathered about how success people handle their business and what their main habits are that contribute to success.
Again, exercise is important, and so many top producers stay in good physical condition. Additionally, there are other success habits commonplace in the upper echelon of business people and entrepreneurs.
Change Bad Habits
Habits can either help or distract you from achieving your goals. One of the best ways to effectively change your habits is to implement a set morning and evening routine. This should begin with writing out your goals and placing them somewhere visible so that you can see them often.
The more you see your goals written, the more they become solidified in your mind.
Eventually, this also makes your goals more likely to become reality. Try a morning routine that involves meditation or mindfulness. In this way, you get clear and focused on the upcoming tasks for the day. Success rituals are an effective part of setting a positive tone for the day and maximizing your time and results.
The best leaders are not the ones that can yell the loudest. They aren’t the in your face. They aren’t bossing everyone around. They aren’t making passive aggressive comments to get their point across.
Rather, the best leaders are those who are able to inspire others to achieve. Generally, this happens as people observe the actions of the leader – what they do, their demeanor, how they handle challenges, their interactions with others, and their vision.
People are drawn to those who are capable of inspiring other people to change, to better themselves, or to get behind the right cause.
Inspirational people make others feel good about themselves and more importantly, help them to realize their potential.
Unlocking the true potential of others is what promotes collaborative genius.
Some of the greatest companies in the world are no doubt helmed by inspirational leaders. Leaders who maximized the potential of the employees through their vision and ability to inspire people to perform with true greatness.
We all have different families, beliefs, backgrounds, levels of education, and experiences growing up. Consequently, that’s why we think differently.
Sometimes, despite the many talents people possess, they lack the belief in themselves, the success principles, or the confidence to achieve what they want to in life. A great leader inspires others to discover their true potential and live into that potential.
Susan Sly is a best selling author, speaker and entrepreneur. She has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox, Lifetime Television and the CBN. Susan is the mother of four children and resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.