The Patterns of Success

One success might look different from another, but there are patterns that can't be denied. You can adopt these patterns of success and greatly enhance your odds of success.

Model yourself after others that have achieved great things.

Successful people share many qualities. You can develop these same qualities in yourself.

Pattern your success after the success of others:

1. Success begins with a vision and the belief that vision can be accomplished.

Know where you're going and have confidence you can get there.

2. Success requires prioritization.

There are only so many minutes in a day. You can't accomplish 20 amazing things each year.

Focus your energy on just a couple of things. Ensure that you spend the first couple hours of each day on those most important priorities.

3. Successful people anticipate self-sabotage.

The future is a mystery to everyone. Even the most successful people can't predict their behavior 100%.

Never assume that you can take it easy today because you'll work every night next week instead. That type of thinking is a form of procrastinating and never ends well.

4. Delegation is key.

You can't do it all without help. Use the people around you to your best advantage. That doesn't mean take advantage of anyone, but get the help you require.

Rather than doing everything yourself, ask yourself what your options are for ensuring the task is done.

5. Failure is a regular occurrence.

Failure happens to successful people all the time. The most successful people are those that failed quickly and often.

Examine each failure and learn what you can. Attack the next opportunity with new knowledge and an improved approach.

6. Results are tracked.

Success requires feedback, but that feedback is worthless if it's ignored.

Measure your progress, progress toward your goals, and progress with your behavior. Then make the necessary adjustments.

7. Commitment.

Commitment is required to put forth the effort necessary to make success a likely outcome.

Where there is no commitment, long-term failure is likely.

8. Perseverance.

Successful people have an amazing ability to persevere.

The ability to never give up is a cornerstone of success.

9. Sacrifice.

Prioritization in one area of your life means sacrificing in others.

You might have to give up the softball league, the book club, or your morning trip to Starbucks. Be prepared to sacrifice.

10. Take calculated risks.

Great rewards require dealing with some level of risk. If you want 100% certainty and no risk, stay at home.

Great successes often involve considerable risk, even if that risk is only wasting a lot of your precious time.

How much are you willing to gamble?

11. Action-oriented.

Lots of people are good at dreaming, setting goals, and planning. Some are also skilled at talking a good game about how much they're going to accomplish.

Not many are willing to actually take action. The most successful people take massive action and expend a lot of time and energy actually doing things, rather than just thinking about them.

Which of these qualities are you lacking? Do you have a plan for developing them?

Could you imagine failing if you had all of these qualities? Success would be almost automatic!

Develop the necessary qualities to greatly increase the odds of success.

Have an objective, prioritize your life accordingly, take action, and never give up.

A Proven Process for Making Effective Decisions

It's hard to think of a challenging area of your life that didn't become challenging due to poor decision-making.

Wiser decisions lead to a more successful and lower-stress life. When you make effective decisions, your life is more enjoyable and satisfying.

Master the art of decision-making and enhance the quality of your life by following this process:

1. Decide what you're trying to accomplish.

What is the end result that you're hoping for? To maximize your income? Strengthen your relationship?

Minimize the financial or emotional cost? Advance your career?

Be clear on the desired outcome of your decision.

2. Make a list of your resources.

Imagine you had to make a home repair.

You'd determine which tools you had available for the job and then make a plan based upon those available tools. You might also purchase new tools.

What resources do you possess that are applicable to following through on your possible options?

3. Brainstorm possible choices.

Avoid judging your options too quickly. Make a long list. You can evaluate them later.

4. Consider the odds of success.

Discard any solution with a very poor chance of success.

5. Consider the time and money involved.

For example, an above-ground pool costs much less than an in-ground pool.

A pet parrot requires more time and attention than a cat.

6. What are the risks?

What can go wrong and what are the ramifications?

A pet bird is harder to get rid of and can live five times longer than a cat.

Birds can also be much more expensive, so more money is at risk.

7. Is the upside worth the risk?

Some options are riskier than others, but the greater potential rewards are often worth the extra risk.

How much do you stand to gain?

8. What are the long-term implications?

Who will be affected by your decision? What does your decision mean 10 years from now?

What will you gain and sacrifice in the long-term?

9. Can you trust yourself to follow through?

A good decision that you can't complete is no better than a poor decision or no decision at all.

Sometimes the solution with the best likely outcome is too challenging to implement.

Do you have the skills and the stamina to follow through?

10. Keep your values in mind.

Many options are unacceptable due to your values.

Keep your values in mind and you'll be less likely to regret your decision later.

What's important to you?

11. Avoid taking too much time to make a solution.

There are have been several studies on the differences between "satisficers" and "maximizers".

A satisficer looks for the quickest, easiest solution that meets their criteria.

That doesn't mean they settle. It means that they accept the first solution that satisfies their needs and run with it.

A maximizer continues searching until the best possible solution is found.

Studies consistently show that satisficers are more successful and happier than maximizers.

Avoid spending more time than necessary searching for a solution.

Making good decisions is important. Most challenges in life could have been avoided with wiser decisions.

Most people take too much time to make decisions and they make decisions poorly.

And, even worse, the surest way to ensure that you never make any progress is to never make any decisions.

The most successful people make wise decisions, decide quickly, and follow through.

Improving the quality and speed of your decisions may be the fastest path to a more satisfying life.

Cheers, Helene Malmsio

Related Reading: How to stop procrastinating right now!

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