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We all have dreams and goals we are trying to chase and work towards but why does it feel so hard to actually get there? Did you know that the habits you have now are a huge part of the reason why you are where you are in life? Whatever that may be, and by creating new habits for yourself, you can actually project yourself forward in life to become more successful.
In this post, I am going to give you a list of habits, and advice I have gathered from my own personal experience and what I have noticed made a major impact in my life.
Routines & Consistency To Become More Successful
You already probably knew this was coming if you have been around here for a while. Routines and Consistency are CRUCIAL to become more successful, there is no way around it.
Of course there are exceptions to every rule, but consistency seems like a no brainer. If you want something bad enough you have to work at it on a very regular basis. There is no quick path to anything in the world.
From a business perspective, if you want to build up your social media account, you need to be posting every single day, and creating content regularly. You should be sending emails weekly, blogging, making videos, whatever it is you do. If you don’t, how are people going to find you? How are you going to stay front of mind?
Even if you work a corporate 9-5 job, you need to be consistent to meet deadlines, get promotions, etc.
The goal is to set ourselves up each day to be our most productive selves. That is the key to become more successful.
For a more in depth look at this, check out Episode 011
Learn From Those Who Are At A Higher Level That You
If you know where you want to go, and you know of someone else who is doing it, or think you can find someone else whether it be online or in person. FIND THEM AND LEARN FROM THEM.
This could just be following them intently online and be intentional. Watch their content, specifically search for ways you can see how they do what they do. Look to see what times they post, what content they post and without copying obviously, get inspired and study their decisions.
Discover Your Why
What gets you out of bed each morning and lights a fire under your butt? Why did you decide to move forward with whatever dreams or plans you are chasing?
Episode 014 with Jacque Shipman, is a deep dive into finding your why, go check it out!
On the surface of being ask what your “why” is you may say things like “because I want to be a millionaire” but the more you break that idea down your answer typically moves from your head to your heart. You may want to be a millionaire, but why?
Maybe because you were broke as a kid and watched your parents struggle through life and you do not want your kids to have that same childhood.
Or because you want to be able to feel in control of your life, in any sense you can, and you feel like a steady income can do that for you.
Whatever that looks like, having a solid why is what helps us create a mission statement for our business or our daily lives and will ultimately become the driving force for us to become more successful.
Finding Clarity & Vision To Become More Successful
Getting confident may be one of the more challenging habits we need to make for ourselves.
If you don’t consider yourself to be a very confident person in general you likely will hesitate on decisions, question absolutely everything, and that really just holds you back from any and all success potential.
But I have a magic formula to fix your confidence issue, are you ready?
Make a list of the things that make you feel less confident, and do those less.
Bam. Life changing advice, I know.
If it helps, grab a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle. One side of the line are things that make you feel less confident, and the other side are things that make you feel more confident.
Do the things that make you feel not confident less, and the other things more.
It’s not rocket science, but sometimes the simple things we tend to overcomplicate (I am 100% guilty of that).
Something I had to learn the hard way was that I used to tell a lot of people about what I was doing in my business, I used to tell them my dreams, and my goals and how I planned to get there.
But when they would question me a bunch, or try to “reality check” me in a sense, I felt super discouraged, like I was making a mistake, like no one believed me and so on.
So eventually I made the choice to just put the blinders on and keep my work to myself and grind away behind closed doors. It’s nothin personal, and you cannot expect every single person in your life to be on board with you taking risks or doing things they don’t understand. It’s ok to want more for yourself!
Get bigger problems
We live in a world where people love to complain about everything. If you are the kind of person to be screaming and yelling at people over tiny things while driving, or getting super upset and starting drama because someone didn’t invite you to a party or some event or didn’t tell you something you feel like they should have, you need to get some bigger problems.
I know it can be easy to instantly jump into attack mode but what if you didn’t? Is that thing you are getting so pressed about really that big of a deal? Can you give them the benefit of the doubt?
You will never move the needle forward if you are always worried about small things.
Become More Successful By Starting Saying No To Things
If you are a people pleaser like me, then it is very easy to want to just take on everything all yourself all the time. But when you realize that when you say Yes to something you are saying no to something else, and visa versa, your perspective can change.
Find out what your priorities are and say yes to those more! If you want to become more successful, you need to be able to not overfill your plate with busy work, and instead only add the things that work towards your bigger goals.
Forgive & Let Go
Have you ever heard of the saying “forgive but don’t forget” Yeah that’s a bunch of BS if you ask me. I hate that saying & the ironic part of that is that I used to live by it.
We have all been hurt before, that’s nothing new, some worse than others. I’m also not saying I think you need to call up your childhood enemy or your ex husband or wife and confess forgiveness, but you can forgive them in your heart.
And I promise you, PROMISE YOU – the weight that will be lifted off your back is going to be tremendous.
Holding onto bitter feelings, anger, heartbreak, anything is one of the number one reasons why people won’t go far in life. Because when you hold onto so much negativity, you are not able to take in anymore beauty. And you won’t be able to live a successful and happy life if you are constantly swamped with negative thoughts.
A life changing thing for me has been to look at the world as if I truly believe that every person is overall good, and is just trying to do their best with what they have. We all mess up, we all make mistakes, but at the end of the day we are all human living in a very broken world.
But we are all God’s creations, just doing our best. Have some grace for yourself and others.
Admitting That You Are Wrong A Lot
Working off of that idea, we need to remember that we are wrong a lot. Really believe that you make a lot of wrong decisions and bad choices. Own it. And work from it.
Teenagers and parents are an example. Parents always think they are right because they have life experience and they believe they know what’s best for their kid, and teenagers think their parents just don’t understand them.
I think there’s truth to both and at the same time there is wrong to both.
I'm Sarah Elrod
I'm a Cowgirl turned serial entrepreneur.
I'm a horse trainer, western wedding photographer, business coach and ranch wife.
I help women in the western industry grow thriving businesses from rural America.
When I am not strategizing new marketing tactics, you will find me riding my horses, cuddling my cattle dog, or kissing my hot husband.
There is also a good chance I am buying way too many outfits from western boutiques.
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