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6 tips to become successful

November 2015 | Servcorp

To become successful, you have to adopt habits that will make you successful. Because the person at the top didn't end up there by accident. Successful people believe in something so strongly that they are passionate about reaching their goal. And despite other people's objections, they remain true to their own ideas and principles. With some good will and thanks to these 6 habits, you'll build your own road to success.

1. Always see the glass as half full

When something doesn't go your way straight away, it's very easy to give in to negative thoughts. Successful entrepreneurs, however, make a habit of thinking positive thoughts. If they come across unexpected changes on their professional path, they tend to react to that with an optimistic view. Seeing the glass as half full can take a little effort but it will influence your attitude for the better, which will make you able to deal with problems easier and faster. You'll never get anywhere with a negative attitude!

2. Free your mind

If you are prone to a lot of thinking and worrying, your mind is clouded, and that will make it harder for you to make the right decisions quickly. If you suddenly can't see the forest for the trees anymore, just take a short break and monitor your breathing. Free your mind, so you can clearly see what's important and what's not. With some mental rest, you'll learn how to make the right decisions, the ones that will get you closer to your goal. But don't forget to keep weighing up the pros and cons of every decision. Reacting too impulsively can have unpleasant consequences.

3. Exercise

There is no better way to empty your mind than with physical exercise. That exercising is healthy is common knowledge, but did you also know that working out gives you more energy, that it makes you sleep better and heightens your creativity? And that is exactly what you need to be able to handle those stressful moments. When you exercise regularly, you are physically and mentally stronger and you'll be able to get through it when things get a little bit harder for a while. Taking out time to exercise every now and again is necessary, no matter how full your schedule is.

4. Write down your thoughts

Write down what you want to achieve in the next days, weeks, months and even years. Once you have a written overview, it'll be easier to choose your priorities. That way, you can estimate what's really important. After all, a list is like a contract: the moment you're writing something down, you're making a promise to yourself that you'll make it happen. Putting something on paper structures your thoughts, and it will have more effect in the long run than if you just "think" about what you want to do. Furthermore, writing awakens your creative spirit and will give you more innovative ideas.

5. Love what you do

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg all have one thing in common: their passion for what they do. The fact that they can make a living out of it, is a nice bonus, but it was never their true intention. You achieve a lot more by doing something that gives you satisfaction than by doing something purely for the financial gain. Is your business going through a rough patch? You will be able to handle it better if your job doesn't feel like a job, but like something you just do for fun. Don't focus on the "getting", but appreciate what you "have".

6. Don't spend more money than strictly necessary

Having an office available, hiring staff, investing in computers and machines... It costs a lot of money to grow! A solution that's very popular these days, is that of the virtual offices. A virtual office is an office space you can rent for a certain amount of time and where you enjoy all the advantages of a traditional office, like a receptionist who answers your calls or a postal address for your business. That way you save a lot of costs and you can use all of that extra money for the expansion of your company.