7 Traits for Building a Habit of Success


My all time favorite quote is what I posted yesterday as Building a Habit of Success.  It basically warns that if we go through life making resolutions or promises that we don’t keep, we are building a “habit of failure.”

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather build a “habit of success” because every time I say to myself that I’m going to lose weight and cheat a week later or plan to clean the garage but instead sit in front the TV, I feel bad inside.   How about you?

Here are 7 important tips for moving in the direction of success:

  1. Make resolutions – In the article The Resolution Solution: Creating and Keeping your New Year’s Resolutions, the author says the act of making resolutions — that run the gamut from losing weight, starting exercise, stopping smoking and reducing alcohol use — can be valuable opportunities to increase the quality of your life. Scientific research indicates that you are “10 times more likely to change by making a New Year’s resolution compared to non-resolvers with the identical goals and comparable motivation to change.” 
  2. Keep your promises – Draw a line in the sand and say from this point on, I’m going to leave my past failures behind me and start keeping my promises.  To build your record of success, don’t make a promise unless you feel you will keep it. And if you do commit to a decision, keep it no matter what gets in the way.
  3. Clean your house – Researches at Princeton University did a study that concluded “When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus.  The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information,” as stated in Scientists Find Physical Clutter Negatively Affects Your Ability to Focus, Process Information. In the study, researchers measured the brain’s response to organized and disorganized stimuli and found if you clear up the clutter ”you will be less irritable, more productive, distracted less often, and able to process information better.”
  4. Clear up mental clutter – It’s not only our physical environment that we must clean spick-and-span but we need to make space in our minds.  In A Cluttered Mind from A Simpler Life blog, the author suggests writing everything down so you don’t have to keep track of it in your mind; journal to alleviate thinking about things over-and-over; plan your goals then contemplate one object, word, or thought at a time; dip into your heart by intuitively feeling what you should do next; and release unhelpful thoughts.
  5. Be persistent, consistent and have tenacity – If you’ve ever studied successful people, their roads have not been smooth but littered with ruts, potholes, and barriers. The one thing that sets them apart from the average person is “tenacity,” a stick-to-it-ness that empowers them to surmount obstacles and stay the course. Take Donald Trump for example, he’s filed bankruptcy 4 times, gained and lost businesses and billions of dollars, and he’s been through 4 marriages … yet, the Donald keeps reinventing himself. If an obstacle arises for you, move on, over, or around it and reinvent yourself better!
  6. Stay in the present moment – One of the main stumbling blocks to success is our resistance to change because we are stuck in the past — “He did this to me, so now I don’t want a new relationship.  I was laid off, now no one wants to hire me.”  The past has no power over us unless we let its negativity pervade our thoughts.  Eckhart Tolle advises that we “Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is?  Say ‘yes’ to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”
  7. Have an attitude that “nothing is impossible” – Miracles occur everyday — people are cured of cancer, a patient comes out of a coma after years of silence, and a gigantic U.S. Airways airplane lands on the Hudson River intact with all 155 passengers and crew safe.  See the possibilities in life and believe that nothing is impossible!  Your reality is not set in stone, but is formed moment-to-moment by your thoughts, decisions, and beliefs.  Become the architect of your reality and design it successful!
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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Louise
    May 29, 2012 @ 18:14:41

    Hi Suzan,
    Say and think “YES.”
    What wonderful tips. Thanks for putting these together.
    Love,
    Louise

    Reply

  2. Mollie Player
    May 31, 2012 @ 20:42:45

    Hi Susan,

    Just saw your comment on my blog … I’d love to feature any story you might have about the Law of Attraction working in your life! Even small things – a parking space, an increased desire to exercise, whatever! Or relationship improvement, promotions, whatever! To see lots of examples, see http://www.storiesandtruth.com. Then you can email me a story if you’d like at mollie at mollieplayer dot com. I’ll feature you and your blog!

    Reply

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