Moving up or out: Habits of successful people

Success could mean different things for different folks – money, power, a positive impact. However, one thing is certain – nothing worth having comes easy!

It doesn’t matter if you are a successful executive, athlete, or entertainer, the process to greatness isn’t different. Successful people have enough discipline to go through difficulty, fail and get back up quickly. They know what they want and go for it.

If you’re looking to get similar results as highly successful people, here are some of the habits you must cultivate:

1. Take ownership of your life

It’s easy to give excuses or find reasons as to why something won’t work. That’s what most people do. However, nothing changes until you start to take responsibility and give up your excuses. Quit playing the blame game and become responsible for the results you get through your actions. Go out and make it happen because while your excuses will always be there, opportunities will not.

2. Dream Big

Here’s a popular quote from Michel Angelo – “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”. Needless to say that the famous artist’s work continues to inspire so many around the world. Think about the greatest people you know right now. Imagine if they decided to lower their dreams and thoughts to something more “realistic”. If greatness was easy, everyone would be there. There is a need for you to break out from small thinking, and reach for the stars.

3. Quit hoping on “luck”

There is no such thing as overnight success. And hope is not a strategy. Successful people have the habit of making continuous improvement every day that compounds over time to deliver desired results. You should try to get better and better at what you do daily, even if it’s just by 1%. Plan for your future by working on yourself daily.

4. Develop a flexible mindset

It doesn’t have to be one way or one way. Learn as many skills as possible and combine them in creative ways. Rigidity makes people think their intelligence or talents are fixed and nothing can be done about it. That’s not true. Successful people commit enormous energy and time to learn new skills, acquire new knowledge and develop their mindset in a way that is beneficial to their lives.

5. Don’t fear success

A lot of renowned inventors have a record of massively failed attempts. Thomas Edison (lightbulb inventor) is a good example. This is the same with all successful people. The only difference between successful people and the unsuccessful ones is how they perceive failure. One sees it as a roadblock, the former sees it as an opportunity to try again, while learning from previous mistakes. Henry Ford once said: Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. If you pay attention to your failures, you’ll be able to learn a lesson or two.

6. Quit hanging around toxic people

There’s a high chance you’ll be like the people you spend most of your time with. It is just as important to carefully select who they are. Find a way to hang around people who are more accomplished than you, you have been where you want to be, and you’ll see it reflect in your success. Remember Jim Ron’s quote – “you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with. So today, look around you and get rid of toxic people.

Are you moving up or out? Do you have some great strategies of your own to overcoming the fear of success – how do you implement them?

Let us know in the comments.

~Connie Pheiff, Founder & Chair,