It is a great exercise every once in a while to stop and take stock of things in your life. When you look at what has driven your success, you will usually find that out of all the things you do, there are few that affect it most. I guess you could call it doing the 80/20 rule on what contributes to your success.
Each year, I go through and look at my businesses to determine the things that really made the biggest difference and helped us (and me) succeed the most. I then test them to see if they hold up consistently.
I also get the benefit of interviewing some of the highest performing entrepreneurs in the world each and every week which gives me insight into what works for them. The consistency of patterns are amazing. As they say, success leaves clues, and the fact the the highest performing entrepreneurs do many of the same things to succeed is no coincidence.
There are far too many different success hacks to go into in one post, but here are 3 of them that you can start doing today that are guaranteed to help you succeed at higher levels this year.
It's Who You Know
The network you build is one of your greatest assets. The power of relationships will always be strong. It really does matter who you know and who you know has a direct correlation on your success. If you want to be in the room with the right people, you need to know the right people. It starts with being deliberate about who you bring into your world and why. If your network is one of your greatest assets, you must treat it that way. Go where the people you need to be connected with are and create relationships. That means conferences, Mastermind groups, Facebook groups, and anywhere else it makes sense to meet the right people for your network.
Most importantly, make sure you are committed to things being a "2-way street." Great relationships are built on the genuine trust and act of giving to each other to help each other. If you are not wiling to do your part, then you won't get the results. Resolve to commit to building great relationships at each and every opportunity this year and you will be amazed at where you are by years' end.
How You do Anything is How You do Everything
Are you committed to upping your game this year? If so, that means upping it in every face of your life. How you do anything is how you do everything. How you carry yourself, treat yourself and your body, and the image you project to the world are all things you have control over. If you slack in one area, it will show up in another. The highly successful are committed to be their best in all facets of their life and business. It's hard work, but it pays off. Think of the people you truly admire in life. Do they always seem to be on their game? It is no accident, they realize the importance of making sure everything they do is done the best way they can. What can you do better in your life in business? Where can you up your game? Take the action to start doing it now.
Commit to Learning
Jim Rohn is famous for the quote, "Ordinary people have big TVs, Extraordinary people have big libraries." The average CEO reads a book a week. They know something that others don't. Your success will correlate to your ability grow yourself. You've heard this many times before because it is true - Start today on self-educating. Make it a goal to read a book a month or even a quarter. The more you do, the more your hone your skills, the more ideas you will get, the more inspired you will be, and the better results you will have. The number of books an average person reads in a year is less than 4. Don't be average.
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Either way, get on a learning program.
If you do nothing else, but these 3 things: Focus on your network, Commit to upping your game in all areas of your life, and Implement a self-education routine, your success will be playing at much higher level this year.