It doesn’t matter how much money you have in your bank account, your marital status, or what you do for a living, we all want to make our lives more successful. Defining success is of course different for each of us, but here are 16 proven ways that can make your life more productive, happy and successful.
- Become dedicated.
No matter what goals you have in life set for yourself, you need to dedicate yourself. It’s through dedication that you will continue to make the requisite changes to better yourself Whether it’s taking a chance to start a startup, gaining membership in a gym to boost your physical well-being, or taking a cooking class because you want to become a chef, commitment is what pushes us all to succeed.
- People care about you, not for your gain.
Let’s face it frankly. People don’t care about the expensive clothes you wear, how big the house you own or the car you drive. That’s not to say they don’t respect your accomplishments or possessions. Instead, they care about you as an individual, and they support you no matter what—because they love you.
- Be thankful every day: Researchers Martin Seligman, Robert Emmons, and Michael McCullough say that being grateful can lead to a better feeling of life, more enthusiasm, and more willingness to help others. Being grateful may reduce coronary artery disease. Take the time to write down what you’re grateful to each and every day.
- Take action now.
In an essay in The Atlantic, the writers Katty Kay and Claire Shipman discuss research on the gap in trust between men and women. Researchers have discovered that trust is just as important as competence. It was concluded in the article that “[T]aking action increases one’s confidence in one’s ability to succeed.” 5. Cash can’t afford to buy happiness.
- As The Beatles famously declared, “Can’t buy me forever.” You know what else money can’t buy? Happiness, man. Just because you’re making six figures doesn’t mean you’re necessarily happy. Yeah, money is obviously needed, and it makes things easier. But, you’re supposed to be concentrating on your passion, not how much your paycheck is.
- Don’t take the denial personally.
At some point, we’re all facing rejection. Use it as a learning experience instead of taking it personally. Why has the VC rejected your proposal? There might not have been a demand for your company. You may not have had a persuasive argument. Maybe the VC partner just called and said he’d spent their extra cash. Accepting and learning from rejection is one way to lead you to success.For my online billing startup, I’m practically rejected every day. Once I got one that believed in my idea, I spoke to 100+ VC’s. Learn from rejection and use it as a catalyst to make things better!
Traveling is a great way to “grow a person’s character” and become more open-minded, as Yii-Huei Phang reports on The Huffington Post. Additionally, while traveling is a fantastic way to get away from the daily grind, it also makes you appreciate what you’ve got back home.
- Don’t indulge in multitasking.
If you are constantly feeling stressed out, it is probably because at one time you are doing too much. Research has found that “when you shift away from a primary task to do something else, you increase the time it takes to accomplish the task by an average of 25 percent.” You’re also draining your energy reserve. Both of these things are lowering your productivity and stopping you from completing tasks and goals.