You’re here because you want to be successful. But why aren’t you there yet? What is stopping you? I’m here to tell you. Success is not by accident, far from it. But there are some proven ways to achieve it. In this article, I’ve done the heavy lifting for you of finding out the 11 actionable steps you can take to become successful. Once you follow these, you’ll not only become more successful, but be able to apply them to any goal you set for yourself. So here are 11 secrets to becoming successful at anything you can imagine:
1. The Math Formula That Explains Success
There’s a really smart psychologist called Kurt Lewin who summarized why we act the way we do, through a simple formula. I’m simplifying his theory, but the basic equation he came up with was:
P = F(P,E)
Translated, what he surmized was:
“Behaviour is a function of the person and his or her environment.”
Now academic theories are great but how does this equation help you? Think of it this way. When you have a really important deadline, where are you more likely to be productive? In a quiet room at your local library or sitting on the couch with the TV on? Quite clearly, the former.
Where we are, affects the way we behave. Some places more so than others, but you get the idea.
What you should do now:
If you want to be successful, put yourself in environments that are likely to create the behaviours you want. Here’s some ideas:
- If you want to get more in touch with religious or spiritual practices, go to a temple/place of worship once per week for 30 minutes and meditate there.
- If you want to improve your strength and stamina, go to a gym class everyday instead of trying to workout at home on your own.
2. Create Your Own Success Formula
Have you ever started on a big goal or path, been really motivated but somewhere along the line – fallen off track? One big mistake many people make that leads to falling off track is a lack of measuring their progress. I used to do this a lot in the gym. I’d spend hours and hours each week making the effort to get there and workout. I’d share the classic photo of me at the gym doing my workout – but you know the truth? I wasn’t really feeling all that good about it! Every time I stepped on the scales, I’d dread seeing the result. My progress was up and down and I didn’t understand why. The fact was, I was leaving too many variables on the table. I failed to appreciate the importance of tracking. After working with a coach, I realized I needed to pay closer attention to my diet, workouts and sleep. I started tracking each one carefully and quickly noticed when I was eating too much, not lifting properly or getting enough sleep. Previously, I would just walk into the gym, pick whichever weight I thought I’d bench pressed the week before or felt I could manage. It was completely random. By tracking, I learned to ensure I was progressing 1% on the last time.
Can you guess what happened?