I heard some really good advice a couple of years ago. It went something like, “If you want to be successful, start doing what successful people do.” I liked this phrase a lot because it made me reconsider my actions. Are my actions leading me towards my goals?
Here are some characteristics that successful people typically have. If you aren’t already doing these things, maybe consider trying them. Also, look at the people around you. If you don’t want to be like them, stop doing what they’re doing.
Wake Up Early
Many of the world’s most successful people wake up early. Getting up early teaches you to be disciplined in the small things. Studies have shown that people are most productive first thing in the morning.
This is because your brain is fully rested, which allows you to work on tasks much more efficiently. In addition, getting up early gives you a head start on your day.
While others are still snoozing away, you can work in peace and quiet. So stop hitting that snooze button and maybe set your alarm clock a few minutes earlier.
That being said, early mornings are only productive when you have adequate sleep, so go to bed early too!
Success is the Sum of Small Efforts
Many of the world’s most successful people didn’t start out successful; they had to work their way up. People like The Rock, Oprah Winfrey and Eminem all started in some of the worst conditions.
Their childhood environments were far from ideal, yet they didn’t let those circumstances stop them. They started by focusing on the small things and eventually it lead to great success. Start doing the same and make the most of every situation.
Give It Up
In order to reach your goals, you usually have to give something up. You may have to go for a run or study for a class during time when you normally might watch your favorite show or hang out with friends.
Something most successful people do is strive to be better. Even when you think you have a skill mastered or a chapter thoroughly studied, you can always learn more. Look for areas in your life where you can improve.
By following these steps, you will be on the right track to success. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, said, “Some people dream about success … while others wake up and work hard at it.” Success will take a lot of hard work but I know you can do it!
Lena Wilkie is a sophomore studying international rescue and relief.