According to the old saying, “nothing is impossible”. That is really true, we are capable of accomplishing many great things. Nothing can stop us from achieving our dreams and goals if we put our minds and energy to it.

Of course, it is hard to stay sharp and focused all the time in order to fulfill our desires, especially if we are striving for wealth and success.

There are just so many obstacles and distractions that we are facing almost every day. You have surely experienced this before.

Now, don’t get depressed and discouraged, because you are not alone.

Luckily, there were many people who have been struggling to achieve the heights of riches, and some of them have shared their experiences and advice with us in order to help us to attain success.

The whole purpose of this article is to bring some meaningful tips about self-improvement that lead you to prosperity.

That is why we have chosen Dean Graziosi, real estate and success trainer and author of the book “Millionaire success habits”, and his advice to help you achieve success and wealth.

He is one of the most influential success trainers and a person who has gone from rags to riches by sheer determination and will.

That is the exact reason why all of us should take notes of what he is saying, and if you don’t believe the hype, go and check out his net worth.

CREATION OF PRODUCTIVE DAILY ROUTINE

Productive daily routines are almost necessary for becoming wealthy. Practice makes perfect they say.

If practicing something that is good for you every day becomes your routine, you are clearly on the right path of becoming successful.

To be precise, the major distinction between wealthy people and those who are not can be seen in their daily habits.

Routine is a killer biological mechanism so choose your habits wisely.

That goes for the good ones and the bad ones.

Awareness and detection of problems of your daily routines are the first steps towards changing them.

Make a list of your daily habits that are counterproductive for you, and come up with a solution for the problems.

If you are playing video games too long every day, try to limit yourself to playing only half an hour a day. Make that stopwatch and alarm your everyday useful tools. Time is money so plan your expenses.

Also if you want to turn your weaknesses into strengths, such as not being able to remember something, try to make a step by step plan and write it down.

When you write things down, they are not just in your mind anymore, they become materialized.

That’s why many famous entrepreneurs kept journals.

Here are some must-haves in your daily routine no matter what your business is:

  • Invest in long-term learning. Constantly read and educate yourself to expand your horizons.
  • Exercise daily for 30 minutes at least.
  • Same goes for meditation, at least 10 minutes per day.
  • Fix your sleeping schedule
  • Take a rest and relax every now and then.

PRACTICE SELF-AFFIRMATION AND CONFIDENCE

There is no place for self-doubts when it comes to wealth. Feeling unworthy is not the starting point for aiming towards success.

Questioning some of your actions can turn out to be very favorable for you if you get the conclusion from it, but just don’t let it lead you to self-doubting and misery.

Expose the inner villain (self-doubt) that is lurking inside of you.

This is not the easiest thing to do but at least try it. There are some tips on how to overcome your doubts and turn them to self-confidence inspired by a psychologist, self-awareness teacher and Dr. Lesile Becker Phelps:

  • Don’t pay attention only to the negative feedback, instead try to consciously focus on listening to the more positive one, and you will surely feel more confident by doing so.
  • Try to remember your meaningful deeds, and appreciation by others, don’t recall just your failures.
  • Misinterpretation can lead you to towards doubting of your own capabilities. That’s why you should take others suggestions about your work not like a criticism instead more like their concern about your productivity because they know how valuable you are and how better you can be.

“KNOWLEDGE IS POWER”

One can hardly develop a habit more beneficial than reading.

This habit can enhance you so much in such a short period of time, even if you practice it for 30 minutes daily. Information is everything.

Business moguls and some of the most notable billionaires such as Mark Cuban and Warren Buffet are crediting this type of activity the most for their success. Buffet even says: “All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you can do it.”.

If you make the information that you read valuable by acting accordingly, you’ll start your path to wealth.

The growth of knowledge can only lead to the expansion of your horizons by constant reading.

Soon that knowledge will provide you a new way of rational thinking that will definitely lead you to success.

Bookshelves in libraries are full of self-improvement literature so there is no excuse not to develop anymore.

OPTIMIZE YOUR PROJECTIONS

Optimize your projections is a fancy way of saying that you need to strive towards optimism.

Setbacks always happen so you need to find a clever way to address the problem, right?

We all know how frustrating and annoying setbacks are, but if you focus on the negative, it’ll devour you. Instead, think of obstacles as side effects of diligent work.

Now, when the time comes to face those difficulties it’s important for you to possess an optimistic mindset.

You are probably thinking why it is so important? Then look at what professor of marketing at Rice University, Utpal Dholakia has to say about optimism and success:

FOCUS ON YOUR GOALS AND PLAN YOUR ACTIONS

Sometimes it is not enough to just want something in order to achieve it.

However, if you truly set your mind on a specific objective, you plan your actions in order to achieve the goal.

The formula is simple: idea (objective), plan, execution.

Now make a step by step structure out of each of these segments.

Whether it is a set of goals or just one that is crucial, it doesn’t matter as long as you are focused on it/them.

Probably a lot of you are wondering how to stay focused on your goals in order to be successful?

Here are a couple of bits of advice from TRACOM’S Dr. Casey Mulqueen on how to achieve that:

1. Outcome and Process Goals

Decide what your ultimate goal is and then work on steps towards achieving it. In order to achieve the desired outcome, you first must focus on the process leading to it.

Break down your goal into smaller steps that you will practice on a daily basis and positive outcome is inevitable.

2. Don’t Bite More Than You Can Chew

Instead of focusing on whole sets of different goals, just focus on the major ones. The most efficient way of attaining your long-term goals is to focus on smaller goals.

Dr. Mulqueen said:

“When you set a process goal, you begin to build a new habit in the automatic system of the brain. This means that even in the face of stress, fatigue or distraction, your brain remains committed to your goal and actively looks for ways to further that planned behavior.”

FIND SOMEONE TO MENTOR YOU

It is not that easy to find the person who can pass their knowledge and experience to you, but it is of great importance to find one.

Having a mentor is probably the fastest and most efficient way to develop professionally and learn.

No matter what you’re doing, chances are that someone has done it before you (unless you’re an innovating genius). Having someone who knows the way show you the shortcuts is priceless.

To be a mentee is just so beneficial for you, and every step that you will take will go much more smoothly when you have someone to supervise you.

According to 30-year long research of Lauren Bidwell Ph.D. Researcher Scientist for SAP SuccessFactors, having a mentor will:

  • Increase your salary
  • Provide more chances for promotions
  • Make you feel more dedicated to your career
  • Make you feel more satisfied with your path to success
  • Make you feel more motivated and persistent to advance in your career

PRACTICE PERSEVERANCE

There is one certain virtue that separates wealthy people from the less fortunate ones. That virtue is persistence.

There are always more quitters than doers out there. The difference between them is that the latter follow through when the going gets tough.

There’s really no practical advice on how to persevere. Clench your jaw and don’t go too easy on yourself. Break a sweat.

The other keyword here is “patience”. Don’t expect immediate feedback and don’t get disappointed if you don’t get gratified right away.

Be outcome-independent and just follow through until the end! Keep track of your work in order to remind yourself to never back down before you complete the task at hand.

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE

You have surely heard of an expression that says that you’re the sum of the 5 people that surround you.

That just might be true!

According to the news article of Business Insider, and Thomas C. Corley’s five-year-long study and a book entitled Rich Habits, he got to the conclusion that 117 now wealthy people only spent their time with the people for whom they were aspired to be before they were rich.

That is not a coincidence. No one can be successful if he/she is surrounded by the people who are not ambitious or wealthy themselves.

There are just so many opportunities and possibilities for you if you are spending your time with people who value opportunities and tent to create them for themselves and others.

They can encourage you, or give you some advice about your business and growth.

They can even offer you a deal about collaboration with them. Either way, you are more likely to become wealthy when surrounded by the wealthy.

A good thing to do is try to get in touch with wealthy people in any way you can.

Try social gatherings, events, clubs, bars (yes, wealthy people are regular customers as well) or make a list of places and activities that could help you socialize with successful people.

Note that when we say wealthy we’re not just thinking material wealth.

If you’re looking for knowledgeable people, try the academies and universities and if you’re looking to get wasted, try clubbing. You find Romans in Rome.

FOCUS ON HEARING OTHERS

In order to be successful, It’s certainly desirable to possess good verbal skills.

Probably a lot of you think that the most important aspect of having verbal skills is speaking, and that is partially true, but listening is even more important.

Is it a little bit unusual that the people from Forbes’s top 10 richest people rarely give any interviews?

Well, it isn’t, because they know that their time and words are valuable, and they don’t throw value around just like that!

They only speak when it is necessary. Most of the times they are focused on listening, carefully observing and analyzing their environment.

It’s a simple formula. In order to amass knowledge, you must perceive and when you transmit, you’re not receiving, so shut your pie hole and listen!

All of the most successful people know how learning by listening to someone is precious.

When the time comes that you realize you are talking too much, just stop for a moment and ask everybody what is their opinion about that matter.

You will be surprised how other’s opinions can help you come up with the best solution!

A WEALTHY MIND IN A HEALTHY BODY

Health is the basis of wealth. Another simple formula for that: a healthy person can produce revenue and all the money in the world can’t help you if you compromise your health.

Currencies lose their value if you lack health because, without health, you’re not able to enjoy the goods.

That’s why wealth has a deeper meaning than just being rich.

Probably the best way to stay in shape is to practice some team sports.

This is just beneficial in so many ways, not only that you’ll be fit, but you will learn a lot about rivalry, competition, and teamwork as well.

If you don’t have time for some team sports activities, exercising at home or at a gym is also fine, it should become your routine. Your nutrition regimen is something you should also pay attention to.

Contrary to what most people think, exercises don’t exhaust you – they make you more energetic.

Fatigue is beaten by regular exercising according to NHS(National Health Service).

They say that even the small amounts of exercising can boost your energy.

Try it, start with 15-minutes walks every day and see the difference.

INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON REVENUE, FOCUS ON THE QUALITY OF THE SERVICE YOU PROVIDE

A young and ambitious man can often be infatuated by the fact that money is the reflection of his path to success.

Money is unquestionably important, but don’t let it blind you. There are other things that matter!

Think about money as a byproduct of your good work, and see your financial growth as a way to achieve more goals and to expand.

Steve Tobak, trusted strategy consultant and former executive of high-tech industry, wrote an article for Entrepreneur magazine in which he states:

”If your professional goals are to enjoy what you do for a living, work hard at it, strive to be the best at what you do, and accomplish things you’re proud of, then there’s a very good chance you’ll achieve all that and make all the money you need to be happy. That’s how it works in the real world.”

Work hard, and wealth will definitely come. Don’t focus on the revenue, focus on the quality of service!

PUSH YOURSELF ABOVE YOUR LIMITS

Whether you are an entrepreneur or an employee you have daily assignments. Don’t be satisfied with just getting them done. Excel at it!

There are no limits when it comes to success, therefore engage yourself to the max and do even more than is required from you and enjoy the whole process. Don’t think of it as exhaustion.

When you have this kind of mentality even failures won’t affect you that much because you’ll know you have given your best.

Marissa Mayer a former CEO of Yahoo!, self-made millionaire women with a net worth of $620 million, credits her long and hard-working hours for her success.

In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Marissa said that she used to work for 130-hours a week back in Google Inc. She even said that hard work is the only difference when it comes to starters in a company which succeeds later and those who fail.

You don’t have to be a workaholic like Marissa, but putting some extra hours a week certainly won’t hurt you, it can only make you more successful.

KEEP A RECORD OF YOUR DAILY ADVANCEMENT

This will very likely provide the best insight on your progress.

By constantly tracking and examining your progress, you will surely know what is the best thing to do next and how much you need to step on it.

Set a weekly goal, and then at the end of a week quickly review what you have done, what could’ve been done more efficiently and set a new weekly goal.

Edith Harbaugh, CEO of LaunchDarkly, used to set daily quotas of how much miles she will ride with her bike every day. The point of this is to set your daily goal and “start your day from zero”. Riding bike helped her check her advancement every day and she just transferred that to her business.

If weekly check-up is too much for you, check your advancement on a daily basis.

FIND YOUR PURPOSE

Surely from time to time you have felt lost and disoriented, and that is a pretty frustrating state to be in.

Don’t despair because the only thing you really need to do is ask yourself the right questions.

If you don’t know your purpose, then it will be almost impossible for you to fulfill it.

Start asking the right questions like:

  • What do I really want?
  • Why do I want to achieve wealth?
  • What do I want to do with it?
  • What makes me happy and what doesn’t?

When you get your answers, you’ll know what to strive for and you’ll regain your motivation and a sense of purpose.

FIND A HOBBY

Many of you probably think that success comes only from hard work and engagement, but prepare to be surprised by how much a hobby can help you succeed!

When you get tired of your office space and formal negotiations with your potential clients the best thing you can do is to devote yourself to a hobby. Your hobby can even affect your business, in a positive way of course.

In the interview for on the topic of ”Why pursuing your hobby can lead to greater success In business?”, CTO and president of the enLabelGlobalServices, Inc., Ramin Khoshatefeh, was asked: “How has pursuing your hobby helped grow your business?”

His answer was:

“We have hosted clients, friends and business partners for a number of events at the gallery. It serves as a meeting place of sorts, and it allows us to bring out the more personal side of doing business. We intend to use the space for non-profit fundraising and plan to host more clients and business partners in the future.”

TRY TO FIND A BALANCE BETWEEN WORK AND PLAY. FIND SOME “ME” TIME.

The reason why it is so hard to achieve balance in life is that the road to wealth can often be stressful and exhausting.

When you try to compensate for the shortcomings due to work, you exaggerate and it all goes south from there.

Success and wealth are obtainable only by patience and silent devotion.

That’s why you need to find the time to devote to all of the other areas that are fundamental in your life to avoid burnouts.

Burnouts are described as states of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion caused by repeated stress, according to Psychology Today.

They are often followed by depression, cynicism, and lethargy, and you surely want to avoid that in order to be successful, and that’s why you need to find a balance.

If you can’t find your balance, here is an example of a man that has found his and is absolutely satisfied with his life.

According to Forbes Magazine article about creating a balance in your life, president of the software company Jackrabitt, Mark Mahoney said that his success and happiness came from finding his “business time, family time, and me time”.

He completely separated his work from his personal life and by that he created a perfect balance, maybe you should try it too.

Draw a chart and divide your free time by 2. One half for your family and one half for yourself.

ACCUMULATE YOUR WEALTH WITH SAVINGS

Nobody can become rich by recklessly wasting their money. That’s why it is very useful to learn how to accumulate wealth in an economical way.

Brian Tracy, motivational public speaker, and self-development author, about the topic of “How to save money and accumulate more wealth?”, says on his official website that the best two tactics to accumulate money by saving it are:

  • Saving 10% of your income every month and putting it away up to your special account reserved just for that.
  • Take advantage of tax-deferred savings and investment plans.

ORGANIZE AND MAKE USE OF YOUR TIME. STOP PROCRASTINATING!

Waste of time is a waste of… everything. All we really have are time and energy.

Those are the resources that get converted into wealth… or don’t if you get reckless.

Recognize meaningless activities that you engage in. Make it a habit to ask yourself: “What am I doing currently? Is it productive?” If the answer to the latter question is no, stop the activity!

Limit the time you spend procrastinating. Do not engage in idle tasks.

If you spend hours browsing the internet or partying and drinking, chances are you won’t do anything meaningful with your life.

We’re not saying that you should go all work and no play. We know it makes Jack a very dull boy. All we’re saying is that you should make a schedule and stick to it.

Set aside some time to procrastinate and be idle, but limit it and supervise yourself.

TREAT EVERYONE WITH RESPECT. BE MINDFUL OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT!

If you are an upcoming entrepreneur that wants to expand the business and conquer the market, you definitely can’t do that by yourself.

What makes you successful are the people you have chosen to work for and represent your company.

That is the reason why you should treat every employee in your company with respect.

Don’t be afraid of spending your funds on increasing the salary, giving annual bonuses or organizing some team building activities for your workers.

Show them consideration and they will show you their effort, it’s as simple as that.

NEVER STOP WORKING ON YOURSELF

To become successful and wealthy one must never stop developing.

There is always room for progress and improvement. On the other hand, stagnation will compromise you, there’s no doubt about it.

Don’t compare to other people, compare to yourself. Strive to become the best version of yourself and defeat your worst enemy – you.

Develop the routine that will be based on your improvement each and every day, and success will come like a by-product of this way of living that you’ll come to enjoy in no time.

20 Ways to Achieve Wealth and Success

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