Every company has “that” person. The one who manages to get their work done on time, meet all of their quarterly goals, and who still has time to pick up the slack from co-workers who aren’t quite as good at getting things done. How does this person do it? They adhere to the nine secrets of success.
1. Be Self-Motivated:
Self-motivation is a simple concept that can be hard to execute. But, as the saying goes, if you do something enough, it becomes a habit. Start your day off with a list of realistic things to do and simply do them, while avoiding distractions as much as possible. Don’t wait for other people to ask you to complete projects or wonder about your progress. You can do this on your own.
2. Follow Clear Goals:
Nothing matters more than the goals that you are chasing. Whether they are big or small, they give you a trajectory to follow, as well as an end point. Once these are in place, the next step involves figuring out to get there.
3. Execute Your Strategies:
Strategies and goals tend to go hand in hand. When you have a solid deadline and a picture of what your end result will look like, you can follow in the footsteps of other successful people and determine the best way to carry out your plans to meet that goal. Once the plans are in place, you need to follow through and carry them out.
4. Be Solution-Oriented:
Panicking when a crisis hits isn’t the way to be successful. Instead, remain calm and levelheaded, and come up with a solution that works. Even if the situation isn’t a full-on crisis, coming up with solid solution or suggestion for how to proceed will quickly get you known as the person with the answers.
5. Practice Good Time Management:
Good time management encompasses many things from not procrastinating to knowing how much you can get done in a day. It does not include adding too many things to your calendar and then spending half of the day panicking that you won’t get them done. Learn from your successful co-workers on how to deal with interruptions and proper work flows.
6. Take the Time to Learn:
Never stop learning. It’s as simple as that. There isn’t a person on earth who knows absolutely everything. Life itself is a long learning process, and the truly successful people understand that. They take the time to gain new information and pick up new skills.
7. Let Great People Surround You:
Great people provide those around them with helpful advice. They listen to your problems and come up with solid solutions. They are successful themselves, and will boost your morale, giving you the courage to take the steps to one day be a great person as well.
8. Invite Constructive Criticism:
It isn’t hard to ask for someone’s honest opinion of your project or plans; the tough part is accepting their criticism and following through with the suggestions given to you. Remember that everyone thinks their work is the greatest, because they are only seeing it through their own eyes. Other people may see things differently and have valid ideas for improvement.
9. Be a Team Player:
This is tricky, as some people work better by themselves or want to control every aspect of everything. Instead, give up some of your duties to the co-workers who can handle them, ask to be involved in a project, and do your best to speak up as part of a team.
Now that you know the nine secrets of success, you too can become just as disciplined and accomplished as that person you admire. You don’t need to change who you are, just what you do and how you do it.