If you develop these 7 habits, you’ll create a profound success story

Sometimes we look at successful people and think they’ve got some secret sauce, some magic formula that’s out of our reach. 

I used to feel that way, until I realized that success is often a collection of small, daily habits that stack up over time. 

You don’t need to be born with a silver spoon in your mouth or have a genius IQ. 

What you do need is the willingness to cultivate certain habits that can transform your life into a profound success story. And I’m here to tell you that if I can do it, so can you. 

Are you ready to make a change?

1) Start before you’re ready

We’ve all been there — waiting for the “perfect” moment to start something new. Maybe it’s a business idea you’ve been toying with or a skill you want to learn. 

For me, it was launching my own blog. I kept waiting for the right time, when I felt fully prepared and confident. But let me tell you something: that moment rarely comes.

Starting before you’re ready is the first habit you need to develop. It pushes you out of your comfort zone and into a realm where magic happens. 

The sooner you take that leap, the sooner you’ll start learning, adapting, and growing. 

No successful person ever felt 100% prepared when they started their journey; what set them apart was their courage to begin despite the uncertainties.

Think of it like jumping into a swimming pool. The water might be cold, and you might be nervous, but you’ll never get used to it until you take the plunge. The experience itself will teach you how to swim.

So whatever you’ve been putting off, start it today. Not tomorrow, not next week — today. 

2) Set SMART goals

We’ve all had dreams that felt too lofty to achieve. I know I did — like writing a best-selling book or traveling the world

That’s not to say you can never achieve them. What turns these dreams into achievable goals are specifics, metrics, and deadlines. 

Enter SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. 

This habit isn’t just a recommendation from self-help gurus; it’s a method that truly helped me zero in on what I wanted to accomplish. Instead of dreaming of “becoming a writer,” I set a goal to “write 1,000 words every day for the next 30 days.” 

This gave me a clear focus, and guess what? By the end of the month, not only had I written regularly, but I also had the first draft of my eBook!

Just imagine how much easier it would be to reach your destination with a well-mapped route rather than a vague idea of the direction. Setting SMART goals does just that for your dreams.

3) Be consistent

Ever heard the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”? It’s a cliché because it’s true. The grandest achievements are often the result of small, consistent efforts over time. 

I learned this firsthand when I started working out. I wasn’t an athletic person, and I’ll admit it: I wanted instant results. 

But what really sculpted my body — and my willpower — was hitting the gym consistently, not just when I felt inspired.

This habit is crucial because it’s easy to be motivated for a day or a week, but what will set you apart is your ability to stay committed over the long haul.

The key is to find a routine that aligns with your goals and stick with it. 

Whether it’s waking up an hour earlier to work on your passion project, setting aside time each week to learn something new, or making a habit of networking regularly, consistency will compound your efforts and turn them into something magnificent.

So don’t underestimate the power of showing up, day in and day out. It may not seem like much in the moment, but over time, these consistent actions will write your success story in ways big and bold.

4) See failure as learning opportunities

The word “failure” alone used to send shivers down my spine. I saw it as the ultimate setback, a mark of inadequacy. 

But here’s what I’ve come to realize: failure is not the end; it’s the world’s best teacher. Each stumble, each miss, is a stepping stone on your path to success, showing you what not to do so you can get closer to what actually works.

When I started my first business, it flopped — hard. I was devastated and thought about giving up on entrepreneurship altogether. But instead, I took some time to dissect what went wrong. 

I realized my mistakes were not the end but valuable lessons. The next venture I undertook benefited immensely from those early setbacks. 

By reframing failure as a learning opportunity, you remove the sting and shame that come with it. You’ll become more resilient, adaptable, and, ultimately, successful. 

It’s all about the mindset. Instead of saying, “I failed,” say, “I learned.” It shifts your perspective from defeat to growth, making you more likely to get up and try again.

5) Learn to validate yourself

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For years, I relied on others to tell me if I was doing a good job, if I was valuable, or even if I was worthy of love and respect. Sound familiar? 

The truth is, constantly seeking external validation is like building a house on shifting sand — it’s shaky and unreliable.

Learning to validate yourself is liberating. For me, this meant acknowledging my own accomplishments, no matter how small, and recognizing my worth without needing someone else to confirm it. 

When I started doing this, something incredible happened: I became my own biggest cheerleader, and my self-confidence soared.

We often overlook the power that self-validation brings. When you know your worth and you don’t need anyone else to affirm it, you become unstoppable. 

You won’t be swayed by naysayers, nor will you need a round of applause to keep going. 

Your motivation and your sense of worth will come from within, providing a steady, unshakeable foundation for all your endeavors.

6) Stay open to feedback

I just mentioned how important it is to not rely on others for validation — and while that’s crucial, it doesn’t mean you ignore what other people say altogether.

Feedback has a very important role in our progress — it can offer perspectives we might have never considered. 

And I’ll be honest, I used to be terrified of feedback, particularly negative feedback. I thought of it as criticism or failure. 

But the moment I saw it as a learning tool, it started to shape me into a more rounded, wiser version of myself. 

So, don’t shy away from asking how you did on a project or a task. And certainly, don’t disregard the feedback when it comes. 

Take it, dissect it, and extract the wisdom from it. Is it harsh? Sometimes. Is it valuable? Always.

Having an open heart and mind towards feedback isn’t just a sign of maturity; it’s a tangible way of showing you’re keen on your personal development. 

7) Stay positive

I used to roll my eyes at the idea of “positive thinking,” dismissing it as naive and unrealistic. But when I gave it a genuine try, my perspective on life transformed.

This shift wasn’t just mental; it had practical outcomes. My relationships improved, I became more proactive at work, and I started tackling challenges with enthusiasm rather than dread.

Moreover, when you’re positive, it’s infectious. People start reacting to you differently. You become the person others want to be around, collaborate with, and invest in — be it emotionally, professionally, or personally.

Just to be clear, staying positive doesn’t mean ignoring problems or pretending that everything is perfect. 

It’s about maintaining a hopeful outlook and focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on setbacks. 

You become a problem-solver, a go-getter, and a magnet for good energy. 

The blueprint to your own success saga

As we reach the end of this journey, let’s pause and recognize something crucial: habits don’t develop overnight. 

Just like a magnificent skyscraper wasn’t built in a day, your profound success story will take time, effort, and commitment. But remember, the most important part is to start, and to start now.

Think of each habit we’ve discussed as a brick in the skyscraper that will be your future. 

Setting SMART goals, learning from failures, and adopting a positive mindset aren’t just isolated actions; they are integral parts of a much bigger picture. Together, they create a solid foundation that will support your soaring aspirations.

You might stumble, as we all do, but don’t lose heart. These are just hiccups in the grand narrative that you’re authoring. 

If you trip up on consistency, recalibrate and move forward. If you realize your goals weren’t as SMART as you thought, it’s okay to redraw them. And if you find yourself lapsing into negativity, remember the transformative power of positivity

So, are you ready to turn the page and start your next chapter? I believe you are. And remember, we’re always here to guide you, every step of the way.

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Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Ideapod to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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