Simply Successful Secrets

Matt at eJabs has tagged me for yet another blog meme about habits that contribute to your success. This meme was originally started by Aaron of Today Is That Day and has proved to be pretty popular. The question is simple: what things do you do on a regular (daily) basis that help to make you successful?

This is actually a tough one for me right now. My daily routine is in a bit of a mess and I’m not feeling too successful at the moment. However, there are a number of habits that have helped me greatly in smoothing out some of the rough patches. While these might not be things you can necessarily pencil into a schedule every day, they are definitely habits of thinking that can help you to be successful.

1. Do the most important thing first. I recently posted about putting first things first and I think this is a really important habit. Since many of us complain of not having enough hours in the day, getting the most important things done first thing helps us to accomplish something of value each and every day.

2. Keep your goals in mind. Every day should be a day that you do something that moves you even a little bit closer to achieving your goals. Every long term and even short term goal can be broken down into smaller pieces. Make a list of these and make sure to do something every day that contributes to one of these goals.

3. Do things that make you happy. This one is often overlooked in the big picture of dealing with everyday life. We get caught up in working, taking care of families, writing blog posts, doing chores, etc, and forget to do something that is purely and selfishly about me. I use the word selfish, but I don’t mean it in a negative sense at all. Each of us will be happier when we do things for ourselves. We need to set aside time to just be ourselves rather than a father, worker, significant other, or any of the countless other roles we may take in life. Spend a little time reading books, tying flies, building birdhouses, learning golf or a new language, anything that makes you happy.

4. Slow down. At the risk of mentioning the fast pace of life yet again in this post, I think it’s necessary to slow down every once in a while and take stock of where we are. If you don’t know where you are in terms of making progress toward your goals, it makes it that much harder to get there. Also, it’s important to sometimes put things off until another day or time. I’m not talking about procrastination here; I’m talking about focusing on what’s most important right here and right now and doing only that. If that happens to be writing a blog post, then great. If it happens to be playing with your small child, then that is sometimes the most important thing in the world for you, too.

5. Listen. Yes, I mean really listen. We are deluged with information in one form or another in today’s world. Radio, television, and the internet are only a few of the information sources on top of the ones everyone’s been dealing since the beginning of humankind, namely family, friends, neighbors, and the coworkers we interact with on a daily basis. This amounts to a flood of input for our poor minds. In the midst of all of this, it’s easy to ignore some of the most important inputs, like a friend’s need for a sympathetic ear or a child’s need for recognition. Just taking a moment to put your self aside and open up your ears and mind to someone else can do wonders for both your relationship and your understanding of the world.

I hope you find these tips to be helpful in some way. Realizing the importance of these things and the process of beginning to incorporate them into my daily life has changed my life for the better and continues to do so. I’m going to tag the following people:

Chris of The BizTechie Chronicles
Mark of 45n5
Cesar of Flee The Cube
Digital Nomad of The Sovereign Journey
Tisha of Serenity Quest

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31 Responses to Simply Successful Secrets

  1. Tisha says:

    Oh you’re in so much trouble I dedcided not to do memes however this one I find extremely interesting and will take you up on but can’t say when I will post about it…when the spirit moves me (your #3).

    I really like your open and frank way of writing and everything you wrote has been very helpful and 5 listening is what to be the number way to process info, avoid issues and save time and energy.


  2. ray says:

    Oh, no! I’m always in one kind of trouble or another, it seems. I’ll be anxiously awaiting your article!

    Thanks so much for the nice compliments!

    P.S. I sent you an email; I hope you don’t mind…

  3. digitalnomad says:

    Thanks for the tag. Mmmm…another meme. I am running out of people to tag.

  4. Regarding the “Habits That Contribute To Your Success”, I would like to pose an equal and opposite view:

    How about “Habits That Contribute to Your Failure”.

    Take the following six-word phrase for example…

    “I’d just like to think about it”

    Now, if ever I’ve known something to embrace poverty consciousness and financial oblivion, it just HAS to be THAT phrase!!!

  5. Orderer says:

    Read GTD – the book, that is.

    No amount of reading the GTD blogs/websites can feel as good as reading the book – it turned my life around, on a pin head.

  6. Ray,

    You’ve got a great list of success habits here, and you seem to have the attitude that backs them up. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

    I especially liked #1 and #3 – doing the most important things first and doing things that make you happy.

    As a very busy blogger, I am constantly being pulled in many different directions, and each task on my plate is something that should most definitely be done. However, on any given day, there are always the critical “must do” tasks, and I think most people’s lives follow a similar pattern.

    As far as doing things that make you happy, that is such a no-brainer that people often completely miss the boat! We are not here on this earth to struggle, but rather to enjoy the ride. If I can quote Major West from the 1998 version of ‘Lost in Space’:

    “If there’s no time for fun, then what are we trying to save the planet for?”

    Good advice. Thanks for participating, Ray!

  7. Chris says:

    Number 2 is so important. I stuggle with that one. To keep my goals in my mind I need to keep some sort of reminder in front of me at all times. I will post my habits for success soon. Thanks Ray.

  8. tisha says:

    Deep doodoo but I am posting it tomorrow together with the 3 other memes I was tagged for ! 🙂 See the situation ha ha!

  9. ray says:

    Hi Digital Nomad. I know what you mean, but thanks to MyBlogLog I have a fresh new batch of bloggers to tag if I need to!

  10. ray says:

    Bruce, it’s good to hear from you again and that’s simply brilliant! You really should start another meme… (and remember to tag me for this one!)

  11. ray says:

    Hey Chris, that’s a really tough one for me, too. I always feel much better when I know I’ve done even the smallest thing to move me toward a goal. That item is probably the most important one on the list other than #5. I’m looking forward to reading your list!

  12. ray says:

    Hey Orderer, I’ve read GTD and highly recommend it. I’ve implemented a few things from it into my life and it has definitely helped. Now for the rest of it… Thanks for your comment!

  13. ray says:

    Hi Aaron, thanks for starting the meme and I’m happy to participate. You’re right that we often overlook our own personal happiness and suffer for it. If we would each spend more time and energy on our own personal happiness, the world would be a much better place. Thanks again for starting the cool meme and for stopping by to comment!

  14. Alan Torres says:

    Cool Ray. I agree with doing first things first is vital to success. I got that from Brian Tracy who calls it “Eating the frog”. Funny but oh so very important. 🙂

  15. ray says:

    LOL. I’ll have to check out that thing about eating the frog. I’ve heard of Brian Tracy before, but never read any of his stuff…

  16. 45n5 says:

    Thanks for the tag, I’m a bit slow, but my response is coming later today 😉

  17. ray says:

    Hi Mark. Awesome! I’m sure we’ll get some great tips from you!

  18. digitalnomad says:

    I posted on this a few days ago. Just wanted to let you know, if you had not noticed in your Technorati links.

  19. ray says:

    Hey digitalnomad. Sorry about that. I just got around to checking it out and I left a comment there for you. Thanks a lot for participating!

  20. ray says:

    Mark, that’s absolutely brilliant! Great idea. I think I could probably come up with about 20 things! Way to keep the ball in play, man!

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