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11 Secrets to Becoming Successful at Anything You Can Imagine

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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?

I progressed.

What you measure, you manage.

What you should do now:

Whatever it is you’re working towards, ask yourself – how can I track and measure my progress?

For example:

  • If you want to save money, track how much you are spending each week and how much you are saving. Aim to improve it by 5% each month.
  • If you want to learn an instrument, record a video each week of you playing the same song. Each week watch it back to see how you have progressed. Track how many hours you practice in a log.

3. The Key Habit That Multiplies Success

Measuring and managing your progress is important, but as one of my coaching clients once said: “In the absence of reflection, nothing changes”. For example, let’s say you want to eat healthily and you start tracking your diet. You soon notice that you tend to overeat on weekends. It’s great to track this but what are you going to do about it? What is the deeper underlying reason that you keep behaving this way? When studying for my diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming, one of the first things we learned was that every behaviour has a positive intention behind it.

We do things because they give us something in return. Uncover what those are.

What you should do now:

A powerful way to change unhelpful behaviours is to explore the intentions behind them. To look back and understand what is happening and what to do.

  • Each week, reflect and write down what you learned, what you avoided, and what you are going to change the next week.
  • Read books on self improvement, particularly in areas you wish to improve. For example, Brene Brown has great content on vulnerability.

4. A Simple Question That Doubles Your Commitment

This might surprise you. But are you trying to fail instead of succeed? Often we fear committing fully to our success because we fear what it means to commit 100%. One powerful idea I picked up (from Derek Sivers) was the concept of being a very clear absolute yes or an absolute no to things. It’s a simple concept but one which creates immense clarity and saves you so much time and effort. This creates space for two things to happen in your life: The first is to avoid anything which is heavy and a chore. The second is to leave space and time for you to give everything to the things you are an absolute yes to. Sometimes we do things half heartedly and this leads to stagnation and mediocrity.

But to succeed, you really do have to remain 100% committed in your intentions and actions.

What you should do now:

Ask yourself honestly:

What are you an absolute yes to right now? And what things are an absolute no?

  • If you’re reading a book you don’t like, put it down and start reading something more useful or interesting to you. It’s okay to not finish a mediocre book!
  • If you’re in a job that you really dislike, stop trying to force it and accept that it’s an absolute no. Think through what an absolute yes might be and start adjusting to make it happen
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Entrepreneur at Sec-Source Technologies, Founder of Bluecore Inside the News & Media Department , Independent Film Writer & Song Composer at Pycel Productions the Entertainment Department;
E-mail: me@sophat-chann.com, sophat_chann@graduate.org
Website: sophat-chann.com

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