There's no sense in beating yourself up over mistakes you made, or opportunities you've missed. The best thing to do today to set yourself up for success is to control what you can control and educate yourself on how to do better. You can browse through this content and jump to the next thing you want to do, or you can digest this information for a little while, let it sink in, then take action. I suggest putting together an action strategy and then going out and making a difference.
To help you get started on your success journey, below, I've shared some of the thoughts and actions I implemented in my life to find new levels of success. I know they'll help you as well without a doubt.
Be the Difference Maker
At some point in your life, you're going to need to step up, step out, and be the difference-maker. Waiting for someone else is not a good idea. What is a good idea is controlling what you can control, by taking action in your life.
Sometimes you need to hire a trained professional to help out. If you're stuck on a project or feel like you've just hit the wall, hiring a professional can help. There's nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it. The most successful people often ask for the most help. It sounds strange, but it's true.
Find the Lesson
Look for the positive in every situation. There's always a lesson to learn. Behind every negative, there's a positive. Sometimes you may need to look harder to find the lesson, but it's always there if you look hard. Look at the glass as half full, not half empty, for best results. Help people around you learn to look at things from a positive point of view as well.
Be thankful for the opportunities you have today. No matter how small or big, make the most of every opportunity. There are people out there that don't have a chance today like you do today, so you complaining about the opportunity you have, no matter how small, or big, makes absolutely no sense. Be grateful to live in a place where you at least have an opportunity.
Set a Plan and Move Forward
Failing to plan is planning to fail. It's that simple. Get a plan, put together a strategy to implement it, and then go out and make it happen. You need to put forth the effort if you want to receive results. No effort equals no results.
Focus on Great
Living in the "good," will get you standard results, while living in "great," will get you way above average results. Choose to live in the great and enjoy every moment of the day. Make sure you have fun doing it as well.
You already know what you need to do, so go out and do it. Getting out of the norm isn't always easy, but outside the norm is where you're going to see the most progress. Do whatever you need to do and take any steps necessary to get to where you want to go.
Be sure that you have a few crystal clear objectives that you'd like to accomplish before you go into any meeting. Have a plan. Don't waste time. Get into the meeting, go over what you want to cover, and get out. Be sure to include every objective and stick to your game plan.
Take the High Road
Keep your side of the street clean by maintaining high moral standards. If you hang out with people doing bad things, you're going to end up doing bad things. There are no two ways about it. Be the standard that your friends and coworkers come to when they need to talk.
Preparation is Key
Be the person that shows up early, gets all set up, and is ready to go when needed. There's nothing worse than being called on and not being prepared. If you don't know what to do, or how to do it, show up early and ask someone how. Proper preparation shows that you care, and when people know you care, they're going to like you even more.
Put the Work In
The gifts will come if you put the hard work in daily. They may not happen immediately, but you'll realize that they do come over an extended period. If you're the type of person that wants to get paid upfront, and then do the work, good luck. The world doesn't work like that anymore. Lay the groundwork for success by putting the hard work in while everyone else is taking it easy.
There you have them, 11 simple ways to set yourself up for success. It's important to remember, your thoughts and actions are what drive you to daily success, so be sure to put aside time each day, to work on you. Just control what you can control, don't worry about the rest, and do your best with what you have today.