From Lazy to GO-GETTER

Let me give you a few directions to success.

This is you – you have a couple of goals, a couple of vague plans, and a couple of good habits, but how do you proceed to the next level? The most important fact that you need to keep in mind is that “successful people are simply those with successful habits.”

Here are some great habits that successful people have adopted, that helped them progress to the next level. It’s all a solid combination of passion, motivation, and a couple of learning curves.

Visualization

Visualizing what you want is one of the most important go-getter habits to adopt because it demonstrates your ability to prioritize (see number 2). Once you bring yourself to visualize who you want to be, where you want to be, and what primary goals you want to achieve – there you have it, an immediate depiction of where your priorities lie. So how do you start visualizing? Non-fiction books like “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol S. Dweck, and “The Power of Positive Thinking for Young People” by Norman Vincent Peale, will drive you to bring out the willpower that is hidden inside you.

Prioritization

You are not superhuman, I am not superhuman, no one is really superhuman. But I guess some can be more superhuman than others if they really try and understand how to be. Here’s where prioritization comes through: work on sitting yourself down and saying “Okay, today my focus is going to be on ____, and tomorrow I’ll work on ____,” or deciding “I’ll work on ___ for 3 hours today, then take a break, and then shift my focus onto ___.” 

Waking up early

You’d be surprised how much time you actually have in a day once you start developing a habit of waking up early. It’s the most cliché advice in the book, but one that I completely relate to. I tend to start my day at 7am when I’m back at university no matter what time my classes begin that day. I became addicted to the feeling of being accomplished before noon, and sometimes it even becomes a competition (me vs. me) of how much I can get done before 12pm.

Developing tenacity

What is tenacity? Tenacious is an adjective I would want to use if someone were to ask me to describe myself in 3 adjectives. It’s the sheer quality of being determined and persistent. Developing this trait is an extremely useful quality to have long-term. It means that you’re generally consistent in being motivated to do more and be more no matter what, or being extremely firm on what you believe in. Once you develop tenacity, it’s easier for you to get stuck into productive habits. 

Networking

This might be a different world for you if you aren’t an extroverted person. But networking comes in many different forms – offline or online. Using social and professional networking sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, or Instagram is a good way to really make honest connections with like-minded people, or people looking for new people to inspire them or give them a window of opportunity.

So after following these tips how did I start my journey?

Because starting anything is the hardest part.

You have your directions, now here’s your map:

I began developing tenacity after I found what I was really enthusiastic about; what really got me excited to wake up in the morning and put my heart into every week. I find what’s best is to begin looking through options, and develop a lengthy project that you can begin working on such as writing a short story, starting a new program at the gym, writing a small bucket list of places you want to see in your city. It all depends on what scale of development you’re looking to get to.

Be more dedicated with your time and find your sense of purpose!

Chloe Cheng is a blogger from Canada who is passionate about health and fitness, dry humor, dogs, and adventure. Check out her musings on ciaochloe.com.