How To Be Successful In Life: 10 Tips to Unleash Your Greatness
No matter how old you are, where you’re from or what you do for a living, we all share something in common—a desire to be successful. Each person’s definition of success is different, however, as some may define success as being a loving and faithful spouse or a caring and responsible parent, while some people would equate success with wealth, fame, and power.
We all want to achieve success so we could live a comfortable life, have financial freedom, drive a nice car, and live in a beautiful house. However, success is more than material things and is defined by the individual.
There are a lot of tips and strategies out there on how to be successful, but I believe there is no better way to succeed than to follow the footsteps of those who have already achieved success. Here are 10 success tips from some of the world’s most successful and renowned people:
- Think BIG!
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” ~ From Michelangelo Buonarroti, Great Renaissance Artist
Have new and innovative ideas. If you have an idea and it scares you, that means it’s going to stretch you. If you have an idea and it scares you, that means it's going to stretch you. Click To TweetStand tall, step into your light and share your brilliance the way only you can. Remember, God doesn’t look at your bank account to determine what to bring you, He looks at your FAITH. Trust that. Believe in that.
Believe in yourself and your capacity to receive. Remember…
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~ Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company
- Find and LIVE your passion.
“You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
I believe that when we find and live our passion and purpose in life, we are leading a life that matters. We are at our best when we are moving in the direction of our vision. I’ve heard it said that when we live our life with passion, we never work a day in our life. To BE truly successful in life, we’ve got to live our lives with passion and purpose. Know your purpose. Believe in your purpose. Live your purpose with passion every single day.I believe that when we find and live our passion and purpose in life, we are leading a life that matters. Click To Tweet
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” ― Brené Brown
- Learn how to balance life.
“There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.” ~ Phil Knight, CEO of Nike Inc.
Our ability to effectively balance work and life is the true secret to success. There are certainly times in life when we lean towards one area of life over another, however, our ability to influence that creative tension between work and play; between chaos and peace is an art form.
- Embrace failure.
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” ~ Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors
We all ‘fail’ at one time or another in life. I believe failure isn’t failure unless we fail to learn the lesson. Failure…mistakes… are an opportunity to rise higher… rise stronger. FEAR can often stop us in our tracks. Think about fear as someone that will always be there. When you get in the car, buckle up fear in the back seat and give it something to occupy its time. Do not let it take the wheel or the navigation system. Make it clear to fear that it doesn’t have a voice. Fear of failure (or fear of success) can shrink us. Feeling the fear and taking imperfect action anyway expands us. Remember, you can only feel one thing at a time – fear or love. Which do you choose? I choose love.
Remember, the best teaching moments are the ones when we screw up!
- Have an unwavering resolution to succeed.
“I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.” ~ Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC
One of the things that most successful people do is anticipate that there are going to be challenges and know ahead of time you are going to work through them. When you start a new exercise regime, you know there are days you are going to be tired and sore but you get your butt up and you exercise. When you start a new nutrition plan, you know there are going to be times when you are hungry when driving by fast food places. You plan ahead of time to have healthy snacks and water with you. You meal plan to stay on track. Anticipate the obstacles, adversity, struggle and challenges and know, feel and believe you will figure out how to work through it.Anticipate the obstacles, adversity, struggle and challenges and know, feel and believe you will figure out how to work through it. Click To Tweet
- Take action.
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius.
As the slogan “just do it” implies, to be successful, you must take action. What stops most people is perfectionism. If you get nothing else from this, get that nothing is ever perfect. You must take imperfect action to make progress. That’s that only way to move forward.
“Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.” ~Brene Brown
7. Respect others and understand how to resolve conflicts.
“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” ~Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of America
In your life, you will meet and work with people you dislike. You will collaborate with some you don’t agree with. One of the keys to successful relationships is a mutual respect for one another. I think this is true in personal and professional relationships. We may not always like or agree with someone, but I believe if you respect them, you can more easily resolve conflicts. I used to tell others that I’d rather be respected than liked any day. When in conflict with others, I’ve found that active listening, understanding their perspective and knowing what they want is key to creating win-win results.
- Always maintain a positive attitude and BE grateful!
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” ~ Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America
What wise words. Our mindset literally makes the difference between success and failure. Having a positive outlook on life is one of my top three life tips. I believe gratitude is the foundation for developing our greatness and is key to living our lives with passion, peace and joy. Truly appreciating who we are, what we have and where we’ve come is critical to creating an environment where the Universe conspires to bring us more things to be grateful for. Always find ways to go from victim and victor and notice the difference it makes in your life.Gratitude is the foundation for developing our greatness and is key to living our lives with passion, peace and joy. Click To Tweet
- Be brave enough to push through life challenges.
“Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.” ~Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of America
Exercising our resilience muscle is the best way to bounceback from adversity. Like many of you, I’ve had my share of challenges including cancer four times, divorce, layoff, death and loss, grief, being a family caregiver, career change, domestic violence, depression, financial ruin, and a host of other health challenges. Without question, my ability to push through and choose LIFE time and time again was my mindset, faith and courage to keep going. Knowing my passion and purpose was also key because I knew like I knew like I knew that my legacy was bigger than any specific challenge. From that space, I created an opening for hope, love, healing and peace. My 2016 theme is #TRUST. I believe I must trust in God, trust in myself, trust in others, trust in life and the process of life. Trust takes courage. It’s this bravery that has the power to push through and smash any obstacle.
“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” ~ Brene Brown
- Listen to your intuition.
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.
I absolutely LOVE this quote from Steve Jobs. True success comes from having the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Our internal guidance system always has our best interest at heart. It’s always looking out for our highest good. It always knows what’s best. Sometimes, we talk ourselves out of this guidance through analysis paralysis or simply ignoring the messages. Think about a time when you intuitively “knew” something, you did the opposite and later thought, “I knew xxx and didn’t listen.” It happens to the best of us. Our ability to connect with our intuition is key to living your life with peace and joy. It makes all the difference in the flow of life. I love Steve’s quote so much, I wanted to share the entire section from this quote. It’s a perfect way to end this article.
“Your time is limited. Don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma,which is the result of living others people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others opinion drowned out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs
What are your biggest success tips? Which one of these tips resonates with you the most? Please comment below!