In as much as the thought process is very important to success in life, every accomplishments is based on actions-not on thoughts. Achievements starts with an idea, a perspective, a point of view, or even just an attitude.
Here are a few things remarkable people think about everyday, and how those actions have propelled them to success.
1.“If nothing else, I will succeed on effort alone.”
Jimmy Spithill, skipper of America’s Cup-winning Team Oracle USA, says, “Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.”
“If nothing else, I’ll win on sheer effort.”
You may not be as experienced, as well funded, as well connected, as talented… but you can always out think, out hustle, and out work everyone else.
When everything else seems against you, effort and persistence can always be your competitive advantages — and maybe the only ones you truly need.
2.“I’ll step up.”
Whenever you raise your hand, you wind up being asked to do more. Bummer, right?
Actually, no: doing more creates an opportunity to learn, to impress, to gain skills, to build new relationships, to do something that you would otherwise never have been able to do.
Success is based on action, so the more you volunteer, the more you get to act, and the more opportunities you create.
Raise your hand. Step forward. Step up. You’ll be glad you did.
3.“There’s a lot more going on here…”
It’s easy to view the actions of others solely through the lens of how that behavior impacts us, especially if those actions impact us negatively.
Still, most employees don’t try to do a bad job. Most customers aren’t intentionally difficult. Most people aren’t out to get you.
Fail to look deeper and you miss an opportunity to make a bad situation better — for everyone.
4. “That wasn’t nearly as bad as I imagined.”
The most paralyzing fear is fear of the unknown, (at least it is for me.) Yet nothing ever turns out to be as hard or as scary as you think.
Plus it’s incredibly exciting to overcome a fear. That is the only time you get the, “I can’t believe I just did that!” rush, a thrill you may not have experienced for a long time.
Try something scary: physically, mentally, or emotionally. Trust yourself to figure out how to overcome any problems that arise.
5. “No one else would do that… so I will.”
Often the easiest way to be different is to do what others are unwilling to do.
Pick one thing other people won’t do. It can be simple. It can be small. It doesn’t matter.
Whatever it is, do it. Instantly you’ll be a little different from the rest of the pack.Then keep going. Every day, think of one thing to do that no one else is willing to do. After a week you’ll be uncommon. After a month you’ll be special.
After a year you’ll be incredible, and you definitely won’t be like anyone else.
6. “I can’t do everything today… but I can take one small step.”
You have plans. You have goals. You have ideas. Who cares? You have nothing until you actually do something.
Every day we let hesitation and uncertainty stop us from acting on our ideas. Pick one plan, one goal, or one idea and get started. Just take one small step.
The first step is by far the hardest. Every successive step will be a lot easier.
7. “I need to just shut up.”
Most people who talk alot thought they are insightful and clever and witty without knowing they were just been a hoot. Occasionally, very occasionally, you might even have been.
Most of the time you are not.
Truly confident people don’t feel the need to talk — at all. Sometimes you realize you are talking not because the other person is interested in what you have to say but because you are interested in what you have to say.
Never speak just to please yourself; when you do you end up pleasing no one..but ofcourse, yourself.
8. “I need their help.”
Everyone needs help. Admitting that isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of self-confidence and strength.
And it’s a great behavior to model.
Besides, asking another person for help instantly recognizes their skills and values and conveys your respect and admiration. And while that’s reason enough to ask someone for advice, for an opinion, or for a helping hand, you also get the help you really need.
9. “They need my help.”
Of course the opposite is true, even though if you’re in a leadership position–or in a position to impact someone else’s life and career–other people may definitely see asking for help as a sign of weakness. And they’ll definitely hesitate to ask. So offer.
But don’t just say, “Is there anything I can help you with?” Be specific. Say, “I’ve got a few minutes, can I help you finish (that)?” Offer in a way that feels collaborative, not patronizing or gratuitous.
Then you make a real difference in another person’s life, and take a big step towards creating a genuine connection them.
10. “That’s not my responsibility… but I don’t care.”
Job descriptions are helpful–until they get in the way of getting things done. No matter what our role or what we’ve accomplished, we’re never too good to roll up our sleeves, get dirty, and do a little grunt work.
No job is ever too menial, no task too unskilled or boring.
In a world of relentless delegation, sometimes, “If it is to be, it’s up to me,” is still the best attitude to take.
11. “I think I’ll try it their way.”
We should set our own courses and follow our own paths…most of the time. But sometimes the best move is to eliminate all the trial and error, eliminate all the anxiety, and simply adopt what made someone else successful…believe me, you will get there faster this way.
Try it. Pick someone who has accomplished what you would like to accomplish and follow that path.
Confident people are able to recognize excellence in others, because it does take self-confidence to admit someone else is smarter, better, faster, etc. than we are. Don’t feel the need to reinvent perfectly good wheels.
12. “I could have done better.”
We’ve all screwed up. We all have things we could have done better. Words, actions, omissions, failing to step up, step in, or be supportive.
Successful people don’t expect to be perfect, but they do think they can always be better.
Think about your day. Think about what went well. Then think about what didn’t go as well as it could have. Take ownership. Take the blame. Take responsibility.
And promise yourself that tomorrow, you will do a lot better.
13. “I shouldn’t… but I’ll still say yes.”
You’re busy. Your plate is full. There are plenty of reasons to sit tight, stay safe, and keep things as they are. But sitting tight also means that tomorrow will be just like today.
Say yes to something different. Say yes to something scary. Say yes to the opportunity you’re most afraid of. When you say yes, you’re really saying, “I trust myself.”
14. “It’s not about me.”
We’re all servants (in a good way) and our customers, peers, bosses, and partners all have needs. Meeting their needs — on their terms — is more important than somehow “staying true” to ourselves.
Maintaining your integrity is vital, but there’s a big difference between staying true to yourself and “just being me.”
Recognize the things you do or say with the sole purpose of showing you’re an individual – and then vow to do those things on your own time (if at all.)
What you “are” is defined by what you do. Stand out through what you do for others.