The Keys to Your Success
This is dedicated to the inspiring people I work with, who allow me to push them out of their comfort zones and explore new ideas.
I am constantly inspired by their courage and achievements, especially when tackling very personal issues and I count myself extremely lucky to be on their exciting journeys with them.
Whether you are seeking success in your business or in your personal life, there are some key things that will help you get there – and it’s not a big list of rules to follow. Instead it’s all about adopting particular approaches to everything you do. And whilst it may seem a little daunting to start tackling personal approaches (rather than an external list of tasks) adopting these approaches will not only aid your success, you will likely discover it makes you a lot happier too.
Be open to everything – we all have our own ideas and perspectives (as a result of our individual thought processes and experiences) and whilst this makes us unique, it can limit our thinking. Being open to other perspectives and ideas can highlight something we’ve missed or uncover something new. And being open to everything doesn’t mean that you need to adopt everything, it simply provides you with a greater choice of opportunities and information.
Tip – Spend time with different people, listen to different speakers, read different articles and when you feel yourself not listening to someone (because you didn’t connect with them straight away) resist the urge to move away and listen instead – you may be surprised by what you learn.
Be mindful of your emotional responses – as human beings our emotions play a daily and perfectly normal role in our lives, however, sometimes they can influence our decision making skills in a negative way. For example, a past disappointing experience with a situation may lead you to avoid it in the future and may result in a missed opportunity. Make sure you weigh every situation up on it’s own merit, rather than letting emotions dictate your strategies.
Tip – When you need to make a decision write it down on paper so you can think clearly. Use a list of pros and cons to help you decide and you will see quickly where emotions are playing a part in your analysis (and can avoid being influenced by them as a result). Stick to the facts and the outcome you are trying to achieve instead.
Seek the expertise of others – it can be challenging to ask for help from others (especially when we wish to be perceived in a certain way) but leveraging off the expertise of other people makes good sense. It allows you to complete tasks more effectively (because of their knowledge and assistance) and frees up your time to focus on what you’re good at.
Tip – No-one has the time or focus to be good at everything, so when you need help with something, make sure you outsource to people skilled in that area. And don’t forget to call on the expertise of family and friends (and reciprocate when they need your help too).
Set your ego aside – In protecting our ego sometimes we can close ourselves off to opportunities that would benefit us. If you are open to other people’s input (especially when things aren’t working) then it will help you move forward. As a simple example, if your ego gets in the way of allowing someone to proof read a piece you’ve written, then you risk spelling and grammar mistakes as well as the final quality of the piece. No-one likes to be critiqued (and it’s important to choose people you trust to do this for you) but if you can begin to see it as a way to uncover hidden opportunities and improve things (rather than a personal attack) you will be setting yourself up for success.
Tip – Start by critiquing your own work at every opportunity (to get used to hearing this from others) and then choose people you trust as sounding boards. Remember to resist the urge to react defensively, listen closely to what they have to say and consider their input objectively.
Don’t be afraid to change – sometimes we can perceive change (or changing regularly) as an indication that we don’t know what we’re doing or that we’re indecisive. However, it’s being afraid to change and take on new initiatives that’s the real failing. Sometimes you need to test lots of things before you find one that works and reviewing and changing old strategies doesn’t mean they were wrong – it’s simply that they’ve passed their use by date.
Tip – Make the process of constantly improving a positive one. Set aside a time once a year to review everything in your life (and get excited by it!). Show encouragement when others make changes in their lives (to spread a positive culture of innovation) and if you receive negative feedback about changing something, try not to let it discourage you. Be proud of the fact you’re constantly innovating in your life and business!
Being successful is all about adopting successful approaches. Ultimately the key to your success lies with your openness to learn and adopt new strategies (when the old ones are no longer working). Follow the approaches above and they will lead you down the pathway to success.