Three Guiding Principles for Success

One of the major differences between people who are successful in achieving their goals in life and people who fail to achieve their goals is having a comprehensive plan. It’s not enough to focus on just the business side of life; success comes more quickly to those who align all aspects of their life with their goals. In other words, how you manage your time away from work is just as important as how you manage your business. Here are three basic guiding principles that will accelerate your path to success.

1) Set aside time for planning on a regular basis

Planning helps you to focus on what’s important by clarifying your priorities, setting goals and objectives, making sure you have the resources you need to achieve those goals, and keeping track of your progress along the way so that if something needs to change in response to new information or circumstances, it can be done quickly.

Most of us routinely make short- and long-term business plans but how many of us apply our planning mindset to our lives outside of work? A comprehensive approach to planning creates a healthy work-life balance, preserves time for family and friends, and allows you to engage in activities that support your mental and physical well-being.

2) Focus on getting things done, not being perfect

Focus on what you can do now to keep things moving forward instead of worrying about achieving perfection. It’s easy to get overwhelmed or feel discouraged if your goal seems unreachable. Instead, aim to be persistent in your efforts, and allow your progress, no matter how slow and steady, to inspire you to persist.  

3) Develop good habits

Habits are a great way to make things that feel hard to do seem easier and more enjoyable. For example, if you want to take up jogging, it’s probably not always going to be easy to keep it up regularly during the first 30 days, the length of time researchers believe it takes to form a habit. But if you stick with it, you’ll feel less resistance with every run. At some point, jogging will become second nature, and keeping a “streak” going will be sufficient motivation.

Creating good habits that support a healthy lifestyle will give you the strength, stamina, and mindset to continue working towards your goals, even in the face of occasional setbacks. Here are some examples of lifestyle habits that will contribute to your overall success:

  • Eat a nutritious diet
  • Workout regularly
  • Get sufficient sleep
  • Give back to others
  • Socialize on a regular basis
  • Engage in lifelong learning

There are many other strategies for success both in life and at work, but these simple guiding principles will help you stay on track to achieve the success you’ve always dreamed of.

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