We all know those people, the ones that appear to have the world at their fingertips. Everything that they touch turns into gold, and they some excel at everything that they do. Looking at the situation, you can’t help but wonder what sets them apart? What makes them so special?
There is an old saying that states, “Big journeys begin with small steps.” While many will shrug this off as nothing more than a cheesy saying, there may be some serious truth behind these small words. The key to success doesn’t lie in major power moves or being ‘born into it.’ Instead, it’s about learning the small little actions that you need to take day after day, small steps that will add up to something great. While some dedicated years to learning all the nuances of what it will take to succeed, there are habits that you can put into place in your life today in order to start moving your life in the right direction.
Here are 8 habits of highly intelligent and successful people:
#1 – Do What You Do
Discover the things in life that you do best, the things that speak to you, make you feel like you are following your passions and chase after them. Following your passions will drive you to keep moving forward without having to rely on the validation of those around you. Trust your instincts, they will guide you in the right direction.
#2 – Always Question Everything
Don’t fall into the trap of blindly believing anything around you. Question everything – Beliefs, rules, traditions, ideas, and plans. If, after investigation, you find your beliefs to be true they will simply be strengthened by your efforts. However, if you find them to be false, you can adjust your path and protect yourself.
#3 – Exercise the Law of Attraction
The Law of Attraction states that we attract whatever we focus on and expect in this life. Do you believe that you are going to succeed and dominate your career of choice? Hold onto that thought, embrace it – doing so will increase your chances of succeeding at whatever it is that you set out to do. Train yourself to focus on positive thoughts and outcomes, rather than attracting negativity into your life.
#4 – Discover the Power of Listening
One of the greatest tools in the path to success, and also one of the most overlooked – Arm yourself with the ability to genuinely listen to others. Learn how to genuinely listen to what is being said, acknowledging and understanding the message behind that which people are telling you. Don’t be one of those people that talks so much that they forget to listen.
#5 – Turn Your Thoughts into Actions
Simply thinking and planning will never lead you to your goals and dreams. If you genuinely want to succeed in this life, you need to eventually take the all too important step of putting these plans into action. This is arguably the most uncomfortable step of the process, but it will be worth it.
#6 – Practice Meditation
Your thoughts have the power to make or break your success, so it is important to use them wisely. Too often we allow our worry, concern, anxiety, and impulsiveness take over, controlling how we act, react and think. This leads to rash, emotional decisions. Instead, successful people use the power of meditation to control their thoughts, making decisions with a clear, rational mind.
#7 – Learn to Shake It Off
Throughout your journey to success, you are going to face some challenges, trials, and difficulties. It is important that you learn how to face these trials without taking things personally. Don’t give others the power to tear you down or destroy you – Instead, stand tall in the face of adversity. You will be stronger when you come out on the other side.
#8 – Be True to Yourself
There are two main ways you can choose to approach life as we know it. On one hand, you can put on a ‘mask’ of perfection, pretending that you are something that you’re not and exhausting yourself trying to keep up the façade, or you can be true to yourself, accepting your flaws and weaknesses. When you allow your true self to be seen you will attract the people who are destined to be by your side in this journey.