5 Rules for Living a Successful Life

In life, we operate according to a certain set of rules. Look both ways before crossing the street. Don’t invade someone else’s personal space. Raise your hand before speaking in class.

There are rules when it comes to success, too. Since everyone’s end goals or missions are different, there are many variations of what you might consider to be a successful life. Here are some general guidelines to help guide you toward finding success in your life no matter what you hope to accomplish.

1. Maintain a list of short and long term Goals

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Set Smart Goals in Life

To be successful, you need to be able to construct your own definition of success. What do you want to accomplish today, tomorrow, in the next five years?

What do you need to do before you can call yourself successful?

The way you measure success might be different than someone else’s, which is why it’s so important to come up with your own personal definition of what you want as well as how you plan to get there.

Maintaining an ongoing list of short- and long-term goals will help you put your own success into motion. These goals can be professional or personal, or a combination of both.

With a set of goals in mind, you can organize your day-to-day activities so that every major project you take on, in some way, contributes to your larger ambitions.

2. Treat failure as an opportunity to Learn and Grow

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Everyone makes mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes eventually lead to failure. Failure doesn’t always mean the end is near.

It also doesn’t mean you should give up on what you were trying to accomplish because you didn’t manage to do it very well the first time around. Being successful doesn’t mean you get everything right, all the time.

Success is all about getting back up when you fall. Treat every failure as an opportunity. What can you learn from your mistake?

How will you do things differently next time? The more you plow through your failures, the less often you’ll fail. Why? Because instead of seeing failure, you’ll just see another chance to grow.

3. Embrace Change

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Face With Change in Your Life

Success won’t come without learning to adapt to a constantly-changing environment. Whether you’re an employee, an entrepreneur or you just enjoy being part of a goal-oriented team, an inability to “go with the flow” will leave you behind while others cling to the rungs of the success ladder above your head. 

In everything you do, perform with the mindset that change is a good thing. Change will keep you alert and mindful of what’s coming your way so you can launch yourself forward before everyone else realizes it’s time to move.

4. Acknowledge those who have helped you achieve your Goals

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Tips To Achieve Your Goals

Goals are very rarely achieved alone. No matter how far you’ve come or have yet to go, there will always be people along the way who help you develop your skills, grow and work toward your goals. They deserve some credit, too.

Don’t forget to thank your mentors, family and friends for your success. Even small accomplishments along the way are worth celebrating, and that celebration should include those who helped you get to where you are.

Give them a call. Write a thank-you note. Remind them you appreciate them. It will make them feel good, even if they don’t admit it.

5. Believe you can always do better

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Boost Your Self Believe

There is always room for improvement. You might feel like you’re at the top of your game right now, but that’s no reason to kick back and let things continue on the way they’ve always been.

The key to success in life is change, and sometimes, you’re the only one who can instill change in your everyday activities.You don’t have to be the best, and you certainly shouldn’t strive for perfection.

If you make it a point to continually compete against yourself, however—constructively, of course—you’ll find there are many things you’re already good at, but you can still do even better.

Setting goals to improve and achieve, overcoming failure and going with the flow of change are just a few of many rules we can all live by if we want to be successful. No matter your end goal, these rules can serve as your ultimate guide to living the life you’ve always dreamed of

ByMeg Dowell

Meg is on a mission to help people learn to live smarter, healthier lives. She is the managing editor at College Lifestyles magazine and blogs daily at megdowell.com.

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