Success Habits and Your Roadmap for Success

Your Roadmap to Success

You are about to discover what the top 2 qualities the most successful people share that helps them create their roadmap for success. After being fortunate to work with senior executives, 1000´s corporate employees, and studying top elite athletes, I had the extraordinarily rare opportunity to identify 2 key characteristics that they all had in common regardless of culture or nationality.
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I observed what these exceptional individuals had in common 2 very important success habits;

1. They knew where they are going [roadmap for success]

2. They're prepared to put in whatever work is necessary to get them from where they are now to where they want to be.

My hope [for you the reader] those of you who desire more success. Is to clearly show you´ll their roadmap for success. If you start applying consistent success habits then you´ll start to experience even more success and happiness in your life.

Great football players like Cristiano Ronaldo practice, practice, practice.

Great tennis players like Rafael Nadal spend the majority of their time on the court. They have people serve them balls for hour upon hour.

Professional musicians spend more time practising than they do performing. Michelin star chefs, top magicians, and top actors all do the same practice to develop their skills to near perfection. Now that’s what you call a labour of love!
I watched a student who was a well-known writer preparing for a Tedx talk. I spent hour upon hour with her as she would stand there repeating the same presentation over and over again and again. Til she had perfected it.
Interestingly, whenever any of these people would make a mistake, or fall short of their goal, they never complained that they were doing it wrong, underperforming or failing. They simply laughed and shrugged and did it again until they got it right. Now that is what it takes to succeed!
You need determination, a love of your activity and a “little’ natural ability.

I know in my other writing I talk about Peter Drucker’s classic book written in 1967, The Effective Executive, “The effective executive makes strengths … Developing yourself as an individual means improving on your strengths and finding a way to minimise your weaknesses.”

The same is true for athletes and anyone in most any area who plans to succeed. Obviously, success isn’t for everyone. Not everyone wants to be a champion or be the world’s best at something. Many people prefer to coast through and that’s fine for them. But for those of you who want to win and get more out of life, there’s no way around hard hard work, a roadmap for success and the habits of the most successful.
You need to have a goal and you need to know where you are now and how you’re going to get there. That’s why you must have a roadmap for success.
You must have a clear idea where you want to go and have an plan of how to get there. Of course, surprises in life might force you to adjust your plan but you still know where you’re headed!
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Did you know that when you are travelling on board an aircraft the aeroplane is never 100% on its course? It constantly adjusts slightly its course trajectory. Obviously, this is just an analogy.
I watched how professional concert pianists would watch how the hands of an even more skilled pianist. He would then move his hands on the keyboard as he listened to the sound of each note.
Then he´d imagine in his mind’s eye [visualization] that he step into the image of the skilled pianist. He´d imagine himself sliding his hands into the hands of the very skilled pianist Vladimir Horowitz perfectly, replicating the action of the hands playing Rachmaninoff, interesting?

Many Top elite athletes admit to doing something similar like practising sports imagery also called visualisation.

According to Dr Jennifer Cumming of the University of Birmingham,

If you know what perfection looks like, you then see it being done perfectly in your mind’s eye. You can then step inside the image and carry out the action, realising you have succeeded when you get that good feeling.

Learn more about how visualization can help you. See my about video here

Realise that this creates success habits, a pattern or loop of positive reinforcement. It reinforces you to continue practising because you train your neurology [your brain] to “feel good” every time you complete the action correctly. It’s basically an inverted addiction! Cool…eh?

It’s important to realise you teach yourself not to feel bad when you don’t perform the action correctly. You simply train yourself so that you don’t feel anything at all.
But when you do start to perform correctly and get it right., you feel good. Actually what you´re doing is building a positive addiction to trying to perform the action correctly.
So for example if you only perform correctly one out of 10 times, the feeling you get from trying to make it “feel” worthwhile.
As you practise you’ll begin to experience performing correctly more and more frequently, first maybe only 1 out of 10, then 3-out-of-10 etc… You’ll easily keep going because you’re hooked on the “good feeling” that trying gives you.

It could be compared to the gambler mindset they don’t win each time but when they do they get a massive neurological rush!

The flip side of this is most people feel bad when things don’t turn out the way they hoped or succeed the first time.

I remember someone once said,
“Disappoint requires adequate planning”

So you can see, unlike the failure/ punishment approach to learning. Here you attach positive/good feelings to action. You build a loop of positive reinforcement or success habits that keeps you trying, working at the activity as you get better and better. You get to improve your skills and ability and feel better and better about practising, so you keep practising.
When you properly implement this strategy, you won’t mind getting it wrong the first time or even the 7th time because you know how good it will feel when you do perform correctly and get it right.
You see if you try to learn something by avoiding pain, you’re walking backwards. And who knows, you might fall into a hole.😀
If you create for yourself a positive forward-moving loop, success habits then you’re walking towards what you want and you know what direction you’re going. Instead of the more common “away from pain” model people normally use.

People can use this strategy (often without realising it). Creating forward loops toward pleasure to create both destructive and constructive habits such as addictions. Why not use it for your success? Create success habits that will help you and empower who with whatever goals you have

Again, because this strategy works for top professionals, musicians, and elite professional athletes it can work for you-

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