What can you do to be successful? There have been pages and pages of books written on the subject, and to further complicate the matter, the definition of “success” varies from person to person. Yet whatever your definition of success is, you can take some scientifically-proven techniques to lead you onto the path of success; I recently came across an article that shared some of these, which are listed below:
Get up early: According to his research, biologist Christoph Randler has pointed out that morning people get better grades in school, which leads to getting into better colleges and leading to better opportunities. Morning people also anticipate problems and tend to be more proactive. While night owls have unique traits of their own, it’s the early bird, as the saying goes, that gets the worm.
Take action: After investigating multiple studies that discussed the confidence gap between the sexes, the authors of “The Confidence Code” have concluded that taking action bolsters one’s belief in their ability to succeed, and that confidence accumulates through hard work, success and failure. Whenever you have low self-confidence, you’ll be less likely to action and accomplish the goals you’ve set.
Be specific: A 2011 meta-analysis has found that when it comes to goal setting, successful individuals are more specific. For example, instead of saying that they’re going to just “lose weight”, they say that they’ll lose a specific amount of weight.
Be smart and socially adept: This hasn’t always been the case, yet UC Santa Barbara economist Catherine Weinberger examined data that linked 1972 and 1992 adolescent skill endowments to adult outcomes, discovering that people who are smart and socially adept earn more in the current workforce than those who are similarly endowed in 1980.
Think positively: Positive psychology researcher Barbara Fredrickson at the University of North Carolina discovered that positive emotions will help you see more opportunities. Positive thinking can also help you develop essential skills to improve your life and become more successful.
Develop a growth mindset: According to research conducted by Carol Dweck of Stanford, successful people possess a “growth mindset” that allows them to learn from mistakes to realize they have the potential to achieve whatever goals they’ve set.
Embrace meaningful relationships: A Harvard Grant Study followed 268 graduates from the classes of 1938-1940 for 75 years to discover the secret of leading a happy and meaningful life. According to George Vaillant, who directed the study for 32 years, love and finding a way to cope with life that doesn’t push love away are the two “pillars of happiness”.