It doesn’t matter your age, how much money you have in your bank account, your marital status or what you do for a living, we all want to be more successful in our lives. Defining success is different for each of us, but here are 13 ways that can make you more productive, happy and successful in life.

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1. Be Committed.

No matter what goals you have set for yourself in life, you have to be committed. It’s through commitment that you will continue to make the improvements needed to better yourself. Whether it is taking a chance on launching a start-up, getting a gym membership to improve your physical health, or taking a cooking class because you want to become a chef, commitment is what drives us all to become more successful.

2. People care about you, not your success.

Let us be honest. People do not care about the expensive clothes you wear, how big is the house you own or the car your drive. It’s not like they do not respect your achievements or possessions. Instead, they care you as an individual and they will support you no matter what- because they love you.

3. Be grateful every day.

According to researchers, being grateful can result in feeling better about your life, more Enthusiastism and more willing to help others. Being grateful may even reduce coronary artery disease. Take the time to write down what you are grateful each and every day.

4. Take action.

The researchers discovered that confidence is just as important as competence.

5. Money cannot buy happiness.

Just because you are earning six figures does not mean that you are necessarily content. Sure, money is obviously needed, and it makes some things easier. But, you should be focusing on your passion and not how much your paycheck is.

6. Don’t take rejection personally.

At some point we all face rejection. Instead of taking it personally, use it as a learning experience. Accepting and learning from rejection is one way to guide you to success. Learn from rejection and use it as motivation to make things better!

7. Have A backup plan.

You never know when the unexpected is going to happen, but when it does happen, you are surrounded by chaos. Being prepared for the worst case scenario can at least make things a whole lot less chaotic.

8. Travel More.

Traveling is a great way to “develop a person’s character” and become more open-minded. Additionally, while traveling is a great way to get away from the daily grind, it also helps you appreciate what you have back at home.

9. Don’t multitask.

If you are feeling constantly burnt out it is probably because you are doing too much at one time. Research has found that “when you switch away from a primary task to do something else, you are increasing the time it takes to finish that task by an average of 25 percent.” You are also burning your reservoir of energy. Both of these issues decrease your productivity and prevent you from accomplishing tasks and goals.

10. Balance work and life.

When work interferes with life, it can result in employees getting burned out and decreases base morale in the office. While this may not be an option for employees, it proves that everyone needs time away from the office. If you are able to spend less time in the office by working remotely or having flexible hours, you should be able to be productive in both your personal and professional life.

11. Stick it out.

After years of studying both children and adults, the psychologist found that one of the characteristics of successful individuals is having grit. During her TED talk Duck-worth stated, “Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

12. Live in the moment.

You cannot change the past and you have no control of the future. Live in the moment and enjoy what is in front of you right here, right now. When you are busy making too many plans, you are causing stress that prevents you from enjoying the present.

13. Take care of yourself, then help others.

According to Mark Snyder, a psychologist and head of the Centre for the Study of the Individual and Society at the University of Minnesota, “People who volunteer tend to have higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness.”
Additionally, helping others is beneficial for our health. But, how can you help others if you have not taken care of yourself first? Take care of your needs first and then begin to help others.

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