Smart Habits For Success – From Setbacks

You’ve heard of smart cars, smart homes and smart phones. Objects that can perform many different functions automatically. But now I’d like to introduce you to what I call smart habits of success. These actions help take you automatically to higher achievements, accomplishments and success.

Experts say it takes 21 to 31 days to develop a habit. Here’s the smart habits of success in this new economy.

I. Persistence

A persistent attitude is a trait you can be develop and strengthen, just like a muscle.

Here’s simple habits that will help you develop persistence:

1. Practice being persistent in the things you do each day.

2. Refuse to quit at the first signs of defeat or opposition toward small goals. Get in the habit of trying one more time.

3. Face each temporary defeat, obstacle or setback with persistence. The more you do that the easier it will be to persist and the harder it will be to quit.

This is the quality that winners have, especially the one’s who win against the odds. Losers do the opposite, they find it easy to quit and hard to persist or finish.

II. Ability To Fail Constructively

A common trait most people who find success have is their ability to fail constructively. The difference between failure and success comes in your ability to learn from your failures, mistakes and setbacks. The average and below average fail to learn from their mistakes or failures and continue to repeat them.

Everyone fails at some point. That’s why it’s vital to know how to face failures constructively. Learning how to face failures successfully and use them for your benefit is essential for success. To fail constructively ask yourself the following self-questions after experiencing a failure or setbacks.

Ask the… Who, What, Where, When, Why, How questions.

For example:

A. Who – did I fail?

B. What – should I have done?

C. When – should I have done it?

D. Where – should I have done it?

E. Why – did I do what I did?

F. How – can I do better next time?

With every failure you encounter ask and answer these self questions (as a minimum). They’ll give you the answers needed to improve your future efforts and turn your failures into success.

III. Ability To Shake Discouragement

Shaking discouragement is the small but important detail you must have to achieve success in life. The person who can shake discouragement, failure and setbacks, pick themselves up and persist toward their goal is a winner.

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just the failures in life who experience discouragement. By reading biographies of the famous and successful you’ll find most had one thing in common. Know what? They all had obstacles, problems and setbacks along the way that could have caused discouragement. However, they were able to shake discouragement and continue toward their goals until they achieved them.

Vital Tips To Help You Shake Discouragement

1. Have a Specific Goal!

Have something to look forward to. That’s important to help keep discouragement at arm’s length. When you’re busy you don’t have time for discouragement.

Goal oriented people tend to shake discouragement easier, because their mind is kept busy.

2. Learn From Examples of Inspiring People In Your Life!

Most successful achievers can name other people who inspired them mentally and emotionally. For example, a relative, friend, acquaintance, teacher, boss, pastor, author, speaker etc.

Observe and learn what it is about them that’s inspiring or uplifting to you. Is it their enthusiasm? Determination? Patience?

Next practice doing them at every opportunity. For example, if it’s enthusiasm you identify as the inspiring trait, practice being enthusiastic. Practice makes improvement.

3. Read Inspiring Stories!

Another effective way to learn from the examples of inspiring people is to read their stories. You can do this through books, magazines, articles or watching them on television.

People who overcome tough odds, problems and setbacks have powerful ways to motivate themselves.

By reading how others have overcome problems and achieved victory gives us the feeling of ” if they can overcome their problems, so can I!”

These are the smart habits to help you achieve and maintain success. Work at them until they become a habit. You’ll discover they will pay you rich rewards for the small effort invested. Now that’s smart!