“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso
How true it is. The key ingredient to success is action.
But, sometimes taking action doesn’t mean adding tasks to your plate – but rather, giving things up that aren’t serving you on your journey.
Here are 10 things to give up TODAY to give yourself the best shot at success:
1. Give Up The Unhealthy Lifestyle
If you want to achieve anything in life, the first step is to take care of YOU. Successful people are often pulled in a million directions. Prepare yourself for the tug of war by making diet and fitness a priority.
2. Give Up The Short-Term Mindset
Successful people set long-term goals merely to help implement the short-term habits necessary to reach their LONG term goals.
These healthy habits shouldn’t be something you do; they should be something you embody.
There is a difference between: “Working out to get a summer body” and “Working out because that’s who you are.”
3. Give Up Playing It Safe
If you never take risks or pursue great opportunities, you will never unleash your true potential.
Voice your ideas, don’t be afraid to fail, and certainly don’t be afraid to succeed.
4. Give Up Your Excuses
Successful people know that they are responsible for their life, no matter their starting point, weaknesses, and past failures.
Realizing that you are responsible for what happens next in your life is both frightening and exciting. But embracing this realization is the only way you can become successful. Excuses limit and prevent us from growing personally and professionally. Don’t make them.
5. Give Up The Fixed Mindset
For those who believe talent alone creates success , without effort. You’re wrong.
Successful people know this. They invest an immense amount of time on a daily basis to develop a growth mindset, acquire new knowledge, learn new skills and change their perception so that it can benefit their lives.
Remember, it’s who you are today, not who you have to be tomorrow.
6. Give Up Believing In Overnight Success
Overnight success is a myth.
Successful people know that making small continual improvement every day will be compounded over time, and thereby deliver desirable results.
This is why you should plan for the future, but don’t overlook the day that’s ahead of you. A 1% change every day is a 100% change over 100 days.
7. Perfection Doesn’t Exist – Give Up Trying To Achieve It
Nothing will ever be perfect, no matter how much we try.
Fear of failure (or even fear of success) often prevents us from taking an action and putting our creation out there in the world.
Don’t miss out on opportunities while you’re waiting for things to be right.
8. Give Up Multi-tasking
Successful people know this. That’s why they choose one thing and then beat it into submission.
No matter what it is — a business idea, a conversation, or a workout. Being fully present and committed to one task, is the only way to truly achieve success.
9. Give Up Your Need to Control Everything
Detach from the things you cannot control, and focus on the ones you can. This means accepting that sometimes, the only thing you will be able to control is your attitude towards a situation.
10. Give Up Saying YES To Things That Don’t Support Your Goals
Successful people know that in order to accomplish their goals, they will have to say NO more often than they say YES.
Don’t lose sight of your goals by saying YES to activities (and people) that don’t serve you on your mission.
Obligatory “YES” responses can drain hours from your day, and more often than not, don’t benefit you in the least.
Give up activities and tasks that are “time vampires”.
11. Give Up Being The Smartest Person In The Room
We are the sum of the people we spend the most time with. Choose wisely.
If you’re on the road to success you’ll encounter many people that are much less accomplished than you are, both personally and professionally. And, you’ll find some people that are more accomplished than you are.
Choose wisely when it comes to who you choose to spend your time with. No one’s average has gone up by spending the majority of their time with less successful people. BUT, spending time with people that are more accomplished, no matter how challenging it may be, will help you become more successful.
Take a look at around. Is your average going up?
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