Are you tired of settling for mediocre and ready to take your life and success to the next level?
Do you want to learn how to achieve success in life? Are you looking for the key to success in life?
I was too, I wanted to learn how to be successful so I went after it with 100% commitment. I went to seminars, joined masterminds, read books on successful people, and start implementing into my life.
I’ve found if you want to learn how to be successful in life you need to follow successful people. As Tony Robbins said, “Success leaves clues.”
Almost anything you want to achieve has already been done by someone else. Follow those people to learn their strategies and speed up your own success.
There is no need to reinvent the wheel to success. Find out what other successful people are doing and you too can learn how to be successful in life.
How to Achieve Success in Life: 11 Ways to Be Successful in Life
1. Identify Your Vision
Do you have a vision for your life?
Before 2017 I know I didn’t, I was trying to make as much money and hope to retire early. But I realized there is much more out there.
When I first saw Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “6 Keys to Success video.” I started to understand how important it is to have a vision in my life.
Without a vision, it’s easy to be reactive instead of moving towards a goal. This is why I recommend you sit down, turn off your phone and dig deep down to find your own vision.
Everyone will have different visions for their life, the important part is to create one! For some people, it may be to raise a great family, become a professional athlete or create their own company.
Arnold Schwarzenegger made his vision a reality. He created his vision of moving from Austria to America to become the greatest bodybuilder of all time. It’s a huge goal in the 1960’s but he said that it was the most crucial rule for success in accomplishing his goal.
Then he conquered Hollywood becoming a megastar. Then became the governor of California without any political experience. He’s proof that a vision is the first step in learning how to achieve success in life.
How to Identify Your Vision for Your Best Life
Your vision will be your guiding force in life. Everyone’s vision will be different, here are a few of the bullet points of my “vision.”
- Become a successful entrepreneur & professional golfer
- Be a lean athlete 24/7/365
- Be a student of life
- Inspire and motivate others to reach their full potential
I have these written down and put next to my computer so I see them every single day. Take some time to figure out what short statements you want to guide your life.
Here are some vision examples:
- Help people change their finances to provide for their family.
- Change my body to help inspire others to eat better, exercise, and be happier.
- Focus on giving back to help the lives of people in 3rd world countries.
Create a vision that is compelling and inspiring to you!
2. Follow Your Passion
Let me ask…which life sounds more fulfilling?
- Work at a job for the money, count down the end of each workday and retire at 65.
- Wake up excited every day, ready to do something you love. Hours don’t matter as much because you love what you do. Maybe you retire, maybe not. No need to retire when you love what you’re doing.
I am guessing number two sounds better?
Warren Buffett is a perfect example of the second option. At 87 years old he still loves what he does every single day and has for the past 60 years. He also happens to be worth 60+ billion dollars, don’t chase the paper—chase the dream. Money happens to follow.
I’m not saying if you follow your passions you will be like Warren Buffett. But there’s a reason people like Steve Jobs and Warren talk about this. Your passion is your gift to share with the world. It won’t feel like work and you can enjoy every day of your life.
How to Find Your Passion
Figure out what you love to do as early as possible in life. If you work full-time, make time at night or weekends to create a side hustle to fuel your passions.
For example, I worked in advertising but started this blog to help others reach their goals. At the end of the day, don’t spend your whole day working on someone else’s dream and neglect yours.
Just because your job isn’t your passion doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to find what you love to do. It could be photography, writing, travel, or fitness.
You’ll find that it’s easy to stay committed to a side hustle that you are passionate about.
3. Create an Empowering Morning & Evening Routine
“If you win the morning you win the day.”
If you want to learn how to be successful in life the first thing to do is create a morning routine.
After reading countless personal development books I learned people like Tony Robbins, Oprah, and Bill Gates all have empowering morning rituals.
Here’s how you can start:
Start With a Night Time Routine
A good morning routine starts the night before. One of my mentors, Benjamin Hardy, taught me that Benjamin taught me that successful people intentionally direct their subconscious before bed. The use a nighttime routine to help them with problems before going to sleep.
As Thomas Edison said,“Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.”
How to Start an Evening Routine
Start by spending 5–10 minutes with a journal to think about what you are trying to accomplish. Write out three wins for the day to help you feel accomplished and proud of your day. Then, look at your goals and ask some questions about why you are struggling to achieve them.
Instead of thinking of your problems, write out the problem and several questions asking for answers. This will give your subconscious mind something to work on while I sleep.
Lastly, write out some of your goals as already being completed.
Evening Routine Example
For example, instead of saying you want to be a professional athlete, write “I am a professional golfer on the PGA Tour.” Then visualize for a few minutes each of these dreams as already completed. This will give yourself a positive visual image before going to bed.
This was the exact opposite process of what most people do before bed. Most people go to sleep worrying about the future instead of dreaming about it in a positive way.
Negative thoughts, especially at night, are poison for your mind and goals. Go to bed dreaming about your dream future. Imagine how it will all look, feel, and be when you reach your biggest goals.
Wake Up With Purpose
Instead of waking up without a plan dedicate your mornings to being all about you. Start by writing in a journal for 5-10 minutes. Write out, in detail, what it will be like when you accomplish specific goals.
Be as detailed as you can. Read these statements out loud to affirm them to yourself.
If you have a vision board you can also look at this and imagine your goals as completed. This helps give my subconscious mind a clear image of what you are trying to achieve. I usually do this after 10–15 minutes of using one of my favorite mindfulness app: “Primed Mind.”
4.) Use a Journal to be Successful in Life
A journal is simple but so beneficial in helping you learn how to be successful in life. I learned all of these tricks from Benjamin Hardy’s Journal Mastery Course.
Last year after reading and hearing the importance of a journal from nearly everyone I decided to give it a try. The only problem was that I had no clue what I was supposed to write about.
Somedays it was a recap of the day. Other entries were how I was feeling, and sometimes it was just random thoughts. While I still got some value, once I learned how to structure my journal writing I finally began to see results.
By writing in your journal each morning you are able to tap into your subconscious as the fog is still clearing from your conscious brain.
Instead of aimlessly writing I spend 10–15 minutes each morning brain dumping:
- I write about 2–3 things I’m really grateful for in my life.
- Review and write my goals and vision.
- Detail my goals as already completed. Write out the specific details and bring in other senses of the goal becoming accomplished.
Journaling will help reframe your subconscious and reshape your identity by using it as a vehicle to consciously create your intended future.
“The subconscious mind will translate into its physical equivalent, by the most direct and practical method available.” — Napoleon Hill
5.) Set Bigger Goals
The best part of getting up early is that it allows you extra time to focus on yourself and your goals. It’s a time for you be proactive instead of reactive in designing your future. The problem is that most people use a SMART goal setting system, which emphasizes on making goals “realistic.”
Don’t waste your time on “realistic” goals, instead 10x them. If your goal is to earn $100,000 in the next 12 months why not add a zero and make $1,000,000?
You might think it sounds crazy and I did too. But once I watched a video from Dan Sullivan, I began to understand the power of the 10X’ing your goals.
10X Your Goals
Learning how to achieve success in life is all about setting powerful goals. As Dan said in this video, “It’s a lot easier to go 10x on your goals instead of 2x.”
By choosing to 10X your goals you will gain intellectual engagement and emotional commitment. Once you are committed your brain will act as a filter and get rid of anything that is unnecessary to your goal by delegating or deleting it.
6.) Reshape Your Environment
After reading “Willpower Doesn’t Work” which says most self-improvement books have it all wrong. Most books preach about discipline and willpower to achieve your goals. While those are needed, you also need to change your environment to shift everything else.
As Benjamin Hardy said in his book, “Environmental design is different. It’s about creating conditions that make your success inevitable. For example, if you want to be focused at work, you need to remove all distractions from your physical and digital workspace. If you want to eat healthy, remove all of the unhealthy foods from your house. If you want to get creative insights, get out of town and relax for a day or two.”
Willpower fades but your environment can always be changed to help you reach your goals. And it’s worked amazing. I’ve reshaped my environment by decluttering, cleaning, and removing anything that doesn’t give a feeling of success. This may seem too easy but start by cleaning your desk or closet and you’ll notice a significant change.
“A person’s environment forms every aspect of their lives, from their income to their value system to their waistline to their hobbies.” — Benjamin Hardy
How to Be Successful in Life From Will Smith
7. Always Invest In Yourself
As Warren Buffett said, “The greatest investment you can make is in yourself.”
Spend money on yourself, your mind, and your self-education. There’s a psychology behind investing in yourself too.
It’s a principle known as “sunk cost fallacy.” The term tends to have a negative connotation because you are overvaluing something (i.e. relationship or business) and continue to stay with it when it’s clearly not working.
But as Benjamin Hardy said in Willpower Doesn’t Work “Sunk cost doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. Actually, you can leverage this human tendency to your benefit.”
By investing in yourself you put skin the game. You are telling your brain what is important and what is a priority. Whether it’s spending money on a coach, trainer, mastermind, or event, it will help you speed up success.
8. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
I firmly believe that being “comfortable” with anything for too long is a recipe for disaster.
If you get comfortable in your relationship you’ll probably put on weight and stop doing the little things you did when you first start dating.
If you’re comfortable with your workout routine you’re probably doing the same workouts and stop seeing results. And if you’re comfortable with your salary at work you’ll do just enough to get by but probably not much more than is necessary.
I was in the comfort zone and I was miserable. Find ways to get out of your comfort zone frequently — this is where you will grow significantly!
9. Learn More to Earn More
Let’s face it, money dictates everything in our life. If you want to live the best version of your life you need to find ways to earn more money. This way you can save, invest, contribute and live life on your terms.
Money isn’t everything but without it you’re going to live in a state of suffering. If you can’t help yourself, how can you help others?
Get so good at your skills that the world can’t ignore you. The more money you make the more you can help your family, friends, and causes you believe in.
Wanting to be rich isn’t selfish, wanting to be poor is selfish.
Check out these 40 ways to make money outside of work for tons of ideas!
Don’t Forget to Live Your Life
What’s the point of earning money if you don’t enjoy it?
While I recommend saving 10-20% of your money, I also think you need to enjoy it. If you never enjoy it you will struggle to stay motivated in the long term.
You might get some short-term joy from a new car or toy but I’ve always found the best way to enjoy your money is to create memories. Some easy ways to create great memories are to travel, get friends and family together, or go an adventure.
Remember, we’re not coming back! You only get one chance at this thing called life.
11. Spend Time With The Right People and Give Back
As Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
If you hang out with negative, pessimistic, or toxic people it’s almost impossible to not have their attitude wear off on you. Choose to surround yourself with people who are trying to reach their goals, improve themselves, and live their best life.
I’ve said it before and will say it again, never forget to give back to charities or causes you believe in. Helping others will give you more satisfaction than buying a new toy you don’t need.
11. Start Believing in Yourself
Remember, belief is a choice. Choose to believe in yourself.
Negative thinking works almost 100% of the time. Thankfully around this time of my life, I started this blog thanks to a New Years Resolution in 2015.
By starting this blog my world has opened up to a whole new world of entrepreneurs and people who challenge the norm. People who challenge the 9 to 5, sit at your desk, retire at 65 and fade off into the sunset.
I’ve realized its possible to create your own future and once I started believing I created momentum in my life.
Momentum is like a snowball, it just gets bigger and bigger.
After I started the blog I published a book, then another, and am starting several other new projects. If I had given into my lack of belief, in the beginning, I never would have accomplished all these things.
Fear of the unknown is natural, but don’t let it paralyze you from making decisions in your life.
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.” — Napoleon Hill
If you want to learn how to be successful in life start using these five tips. Success and achievement of your goals will only come from getting outside your comfort zone.
Start by changing your environment, routine, and thoughts to change your life. Once you are clear about your future you can use these lessons to accomplish anything.
Don’t expect change to happen naturally. Work hard to make a successful life and/or successful business.
As Tony Robbins said, “If you want life to change, you have to change. If you want life to get better, you have to get better. It’s the only way.”
How many of these tips to be successful in life are you doing? Let me know in the comments!
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