“If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.” – Zig Ziglar
Here is something many people are unaware of – you can feel successful even if you have not achieved any success yet. This is similar to happiness which we keep chasing. You can choose to feel happy wherever you are.
You just need to reframe your thoughts and you are halfway there. Now, it may seem like you are fooling yourself by pretending to be a success when you are not.
But here is the contradiction – you need to FEEL like a success before you can BECOME a success.
Because if you feel like a failure or a loser, you will not even try. Why would you?
You have already counted yourself out… and that will be such a pity.
So your goal is to first feel like a success. Then you will instill positive habits in your daily life and engage in productive work which will ultimately lead to you achieving the goals in your life.
This brings us to the first point…
- Write down your life plan
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 25 years?
You must have clarity and know where you want to go for you to have any hope of getting there. Set goals that are NOT based on your current circumstances. Do not hold yourself back. Dream big.
This action alone is enough to help you feel that greatness is possible for you. You will feel like a success when you feel like you have got worthy goals to aim for.
- Stop complaining
No matter how bad life is, avoid persistent complaining. It is fine to vent and rage once in a while. The pent-up frustration within you needs an outlet.
However, making complaining your default setting will hold you back and you will never achieve success. There are many people who go through life complaining about anything and everything.
If you looked at their lives, you would realize that most have sub-optimal lifestyles. They are either out of shape, broke, unhappy or all of it combined. Their toxic attitude has created a life for them with lots of opportunities for them to complain.
This is no way to live. Complaining will stifle your success. Avoid it at all costs, if possible.
- Do a digital detox
Look around you. Just about everyone has their faces glued to their mobile phone screens. We live in a society where people live online, rather than in the real world.
Social media intrudes into every setting you can think of. If we are not on the phone, we are in front of the laptop. If it is not the computer, we are on our tablet or watching TV.
Most of our lives are spent in front of the screen. It is no wonder that depression and unhappiness affect more people now than ever before.
Want to feel successful? Do a digital detox. It could be anywhere from 1 to 3 days. Avoid all digital devices.
You will be shocked to see how many times you feel like checking your phone and so on. Most people are addicted to their notifications, alerts, social media stats and so on. Because we are in the age of instant messaging, people always seem to expect an instant response. That is unreasonable
After a digital detox, you will break your dopamine addiction and feel less stressed. From here on, aim to use social media sporadically. Less is more here. If you want to be successful in life, you need to focus on the stuff that matters – not social media.
- Sweat it out
Engage in exercise daily. Just knowing you got some exercise into your daily routine will make you feel more productive. Most people dread working out. So, when you do, you will feel a sense of accomplishment.
You have disciplined yourself to do what you need to, even if you did not feel like it. That is what success is. Control over yourself.
If you enjoy exercise, that is fantastic. You can challenge yourself to beat your personal bests and feel like you’re winning daily.
- Avoid toxic people
You can find them all over social media. These are the people who love to argue and debate. They are the ones who will find a solution to every problem. They’ll constantly try to show you how intelligent they are and make you feel clueless if you are not agreeing with their views.
Avoid these toxic creatures. They will negatively impact your mental state. In most cases, they will be total strangers you never ever meet. So why concern yourself with them?
Cut them out. The same applies to friends and family members who make you feel depressed, annoyed or upset.
There are some people you will never see eye to eye with. It is better for your mental state to maintain minimal contact with them. You will automatically feel better and more successful if people are not raining on your parade.
- Have a fixed sleep schedule
One of the best things you can do is to go to bed at the same time daily and wake up at the same time too. A fixed sleep schedule will do wonders for your health, your moods and your energy levels.
Just ensure that you are getting sufficient sleep daily. If you cannot function optimally without 8 hours of sleep, do not force yourself to make do with 6. Get the 8 hours. You will be happier and more productive. Do what is right for you.
The 6 tips above do not require much from you. But if you apply them to your life, you will feel much happier and more successful. Your business will do better because you feel better. It all begins with how you feel.