1.) Get your mind in the game and believe that you’re worthy of it. Whether it be the promotion, the next position, or the project you may have thought was too big for you. Believing in yourself and having confidence can take you farther than you’d expect.
2.) Surround yourself with the best of the best. Be thinking about how you spend your time and what and who it is you put your extra energy into. If we have friends that have similar goals as we do, the chances of us reaching those goals is affected dramatically. Shalane Johnson who won the New York City Marathon in 2017, was the first American woman to win in 40 years and did so with the right support system training and running with her. We are influenced in our environment more so than we think we are!
3.) If you’re in a comfort zone, re-think your next step. That next step is where growth is found. In Alan Stein Jr’s book, Raise Your Game he said, “There is no reward for always playing it safe, the most successful people in any industry thrive in discomfort.”
4.) Read, read, and read some more. Voraciously reading books and articles related to your field will help you become an expert. Mark Cuban, who is an avid reader said, “Most people won’t put in the time to get a knowledge advantage.”
5.) Rest and recharge when needed to avoid burnout. Take time away from your phone and emails and yes, always take your vacation days. Your future self will thank you for it.
6.) Respect your time. How you spend your hours before and after work and on the weekends is huge.
7.) Persist and don’t take no for an answer. Some of the most successful people at times, only had the encouragement of themselves. Everyone else thought that they weren’t capable, that their idea wouldn’t work, or that they would fail.
8.) Sacrifice. Stephen Covey said, “Happiness can be defined in part at least as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.”
9.) Remain consistent and just keep going. In Jesse Itzler’s book, Living with a Seal: 31 Days training with the toughest man on the planet, he writes, “Repetition and consistency equal results.”
10.) Celebrate even the smallest milestones, because those milestones are what can give you motivation towards the next.