Want to learn what will differentiate you from the rest of the crowd? Learn 9 techniques that you will thrust yours into the trajectory of success.
“You can have more than you've got because you can become more than you are." - Jim Rohn, motivational speaker.
So, what differentiates those who achieve their dreams from those who don't? What is special about those who find true love and meaning in life?
Well, let us learn Top 10 ‘Life Transforming Techniques’ that is common to these “life winners.”
No. 1 Make sure your planner if filled.
It is as simple – Top Performers use their planner.
Most influential people maintain extensive planners with details of their tasks, goals, long-term vision, short-term plans. They don't just detail their professional life but also their personal too.
Why does this help?
It allows you to plan ahead. Having a long-term enables you to plan your present-day actions accordingly. For example, some people in the UK register for their kids to go to Oxford or Cambridge as soon as their child is born! That’s how far the parents plan in order to make sure that their kids have successful lives.
Another example is professional athletes. They train for Olympics from late teenage years! They know that only the best can make it Olympics – therefore, their long-term vision helps them persists through consistent and rigorous trainings.
Another distinguishing characteristic of high achievers – they meticulously plan their day. In fact, many multi-millionaires plan every 10-minute intervals.
Well, think about it. If one makes $ 1 Million per month – he must be earning $6000 every hour! Every minute counts, and therefore requires planning.
When I call somebody to watch a movie and they immediately agree to do so, I already know that they haven’t planned their day in advance.
How else would they be able to spontaneously accept my invite right?
Be warned: If you don't plan, distractions are bound to make you waste your time.
No. 2 Plan de Vida
Studies have shown that there are few areas on the planet where people tend to live longer than the global average.
One such area is Costa Rica. A popular term here is, Plan de Vida – this roughly translates into ‘Lay and wake up in the morning.”
A plan for your life gives you a sense of purpose and meaning.
Isn’t it amazing how a simple sense of life can you make live longer!?
In addition, knowing your values and mission allows you to get over the waves of challenges and tasks that life has in store for you – school, high-school, college, marriage, mortgage, job, children, retirement savings…the list goes on!
Knowing “Why” you have to wake up every morning serves as a tool for motivation and persistence. It pushes you to reach your full potential.
No. 3 Stay hungry.
Why is it that multi-millionaires continue working?
Why is it that Olympic winners keep striving for more?
They have enough for generations to come right?
Well, it is because – they know that ‘Either thing grow in life, or they deteriorate.”
What does ‘Staying Hungry’ mean?
It means never settling for your current achievements. You are always striving for more. Champions never settle for comfort.
No. 4 Visualize your success.
Michael Phelps is an American swimmer and the most successful Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals.
He shared that he visualises himself standing on the pedestal when he is swimming.
It is important to visualise your success.
Why this important?
Well. It is because of any change in your life (even a good one) can make you feel uncomfortable. Therefore, consistent mental visualisation will allow you to feel more comfortable with the potential change, motivating you to strive for it.
“You got to see yourself winning before you actually win.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
No. 5 Capture Every Good Idea
Infamous entrepreneur, Richard Branson carries his pocketbook everywhere to capture good ideas that he comes across.
Great ideas can make a million. Therefore, don't let good ideas slip away.
Ideas can come anytime and anywhere. Even if you aren’t ready to make the idea into reality, capture it so that you don't forget the same.
Merely writing the idea down allows you to formulate and understand the idea on a deeper level – therefore don't ever let “I will never read my notes” deter you from taking down notes.
No. 6 Step out of your comfort zone.
Sportsmen know that if their body gets used to the same exercises, they don't become stronger. Therefore, they have to challenge themselves with new exercises and workouts.
The same applies to real life – ‘You only learn when you dare to step out of your comfort zone.’
When you do something out of your comfort zone, you may feel uneasy temporarily, but will gain benefits that last a lifetime.
No. 7 Have a good attitude towards failure.
99% of famous people have been through numerous failures. Such people have a common attitude towards life that is perfectly captured by Hank Aaron’s (legendary baseball player) words
“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling bad or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”
Don't let failures discourage you-you are only a step closer towards success. Take failures positively – every obstacle you overcome makes you faster, stronger and better.
No. 8 Love what you do.
Interesting research compared sports “champions” to sports enthusiasts who weren’t “champions.”
So, what was the difference?
The champions loved sports so much that they didn't even consider it to be a “job,” whereas, the sports enthusiasts who weren’t “champions” disliked some part of being a sportsman.
“I’m living a dream I never want to wake up from.”
– Cristiano Ronaldo, famous football player
Many footballers like to practice football but don't like to take the effort of improving their physique and training in the gym.
Similarly, whatever career you choose to pursue, there will always be aspects to it that are less pleasant. But winners have a positive attitude towards all aspects of their job. This brings them closer towards achieving success.
No. 9 Attitude of Gratitude.
Fact of life – whatever gets rewarded gets repeated.
This holds true for people as well as situations.
The more you delve on positive situations, the higher are the chances of encountering such situations. Universal will work for you.
Moreover, the more grateful we are, the more special things will look in our eyes.
We have many reasons to be grateful. Think about it, our civilization was built by hardworking kings, scientists, freedom fighters who dedicated their entire life to do so.
Moreover, the world is not equal. If you are reading this post, you belong to the “privileged” sections of the society who can afford access to the internet. Many don't have the facilities and opportunities that you have. Therefore, there are always reasons to be grateful.
Gratitude is the best antidote for negative emotions because you can only experience one emotion at a time. Therefore, whenever you express gratitude, you immediately surround yourself in an aura of happiness and positivity.
For ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ to really work – you must make it your daily habit.
Spend 5 minutes every day to think about 5 things that you are grateful for. Try it out and you will be amazed by the positivity it will bring in your life.
P.S Which technique resonates with you the most? Leave a comment below.