You will not get more out of life than you are willing to put into it. Consistency is important to the success you will experience. Frustration is also a genuine struggle for many people. Nobody wants to keep doing the same thing for too long without seeing the results. We all want to know if we put in the work, we will also reap the reward. But it is true the reward from our labour takes time to manifest and if we give up too soon, we will miss out on some great experiences. The key to success often involves identifying some important things and work at them until the dreams and aspirations of your heart have been realized. Here are 5 useful things you can do every day to keep on the path to success and abundant living:
Be open to learning. Many times, people fail the success test because they are not open to learning anything new. Never put yourself in a box by thinking you know it all. Pay attention to everything and everyone around you because they are a source of knowledge. Even the fools among us experience their moments of wisdom. The more open we are to learning, the more knowledge we will have passed on to future generations. If you learn something which is not useful or destructive, it helps you to avoid making costly mistakes. Be open to doing things differently. Your way is not always the best, even if it makes you comfortable. The person open to learning will have an everlasting fountain of knowledge to draw from, especially in difficult times. This attitude or approach to life may save your life and help save the lives of others.
Take care of yourself. The greatest asset you have in the world is you. If you don’t take care of yourself, don’t expect anybody else to. You owe it to yourself to be in the best shape of your life. Physical, spiritual, emotional, and psychological health are best friends. If you don’t take care of yourself when you have finally climbed the pinnacle of success, you will enjoy very little of it. Carefully select the people you invite to share your space. Some will drain the life out of us and then simply move on to the next victim. If you don’t invest heavily in self-care sooner rather than later, you will burn out to nothing.
Learn the art of saying no. We like to be on the good side of everybody, therefore saying to anyone is almost like a curse. Nobody has ever found success without learning how to say no. as much as you would love it, you don’t have the willpower or strength to become all things for all people. Saying no does not mean you don’t care. It says at this moment I choose to love myself more. People have a way of making us feel guilty when we say no, but understand you don’t need to be manipulated to be anybody’s friend. The more you learn to say no, the more you will say yes to the really important things.
Ask for help. No man/woman is an island, no man/woman stands alone. If we could get to where we want to go by ourselves, there would not be so many people in the world. You are weak because you ask for help. You ask for help because you need it. Show me one person who has never asked for help and show you a person who has done nothing meaningful. Whatever is important to you, ask for help so it can be your best work. People who ask for help work twice as hard completing the simplest tasks. Asking for help can help avoid mistakes and failures. Every day you wake up, remember someone will help, you only need to ask.
Be positive. People who approach life with a positive attitude get much more out of life. The world is already full of negative things. Do your best not to add to them. It’s not about how you feel, it is what you choose to do. Even if life presents you with a basket of lemons, you can choose to make lemonade with them. The most successful people in the world have a positive outlook on life, even in the face of adversity. A positive attitude heightens your creativity and gives you less time to focus on drowning your sorrows in perceived failure. Be positive in all things because failure is never an option.
There are many more things that could be added to this list, so stop searching for more ways to live abundantly. Life will not always give you what you want, but it will definitely provide you with all you need. You deserve to live a good life, but such a life requires consistency. Every day you wake up; be willing to learn; take care of yourself; say no sometimes; ask for help when you need it and have a positive attitude and see how much more you enjoy living.