Success means different things to different people and what we want to succeed in changes for us constantly over our lives. Currently you might want to be a successful parent, or successful in your field of training, or successfully achieve a fitness challenge or successfully eliminate a financial debt. We all want to be successful at something, so what are the keys for how to be successful in life?
Personal development guru Brendon Burchard has just completed a new book answering that exact question and the good news is that his extensive research has found that success is not dependent on whether you are an outgoing or people person, what your innate strengths are, what task-related skills you have or what your background, ethnicity or gender is. Burchard notes in his book, High Performance Habits, that the latest social science shows that success in almost any endeavour is made possible by factors you can change and improve with effort such as:
- the mindset you choose to adopt
- the focus you give to your passions, and the persistence you pursue them with
- the amount of practice you dedicate yourself to
- the way you understand and treat others
- the discipline and constancy with which you strive for your goals
- the way you bounce back from losses
- the amount of physical exercise you do to keep your brain and body fit and your overall well-being cared for
Brendon took this research even further and interviewed and tested his theories with thousands of people and narrowed the keys to success down to the 6 most effective practices which he calls the HP6. He explains these in the book as follows:
- SEEK CLARITY on who you want to be, how you want to interact with others, what you want, and what will bring you the greatest meaning. As every project or major initiative begins, you ask questions such as “What kind of person do I want to be while I’m doing this?”, “How should I treat others?”, “What are my intentions and objectives?”, “What can I focus on that will bring me a sense of connection and fulfillment?” High performers ask these types of questions not only at the beginning of an endeavor but consistently throughout. They don’t just “get clarity” once and develop a mission statement that lasts the test of time; they consistently seek clarity again and again as times change and as they take on new projects or enter new social situations. This kind of routine self-monitoring is one of the hallmarks of their success. (knowing what you want and how to go get it)
- GENERATE ENERGY so that you can maintain focus, effort, and well-being. To stay on your A game, you’ll need to actively care for your mental stamina, physical energy, and positive emotions in very specific ways.
- RAISE NECESSITY for exceptional performance. This means actively tapping into the reasons you absolutely must perform well. This necessity is based on a mix of your internal standards (e.g., your identity, beliefs, values, or expectations for excellence) and external demands (e.g., social obligations, competition, public commitments, deadlines). It’s about always knowing your why and stoking that fire all the time so you feel the needed drive or pressure to get at it. (a sense of drive or pressure to get things done)
- INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY in your primary field of interest. Specifically, focus on prolific quality output (PQO) in the area in which you want to be known and to drive impact. You’ll also have to minimize distractions (including opportunities) that steal your attention from creating PQO. (focus and create the outputs that matter most)
- DEVELOP INFLUENCE with those around you. It will make you better at getting people to believe in and support your efforts and ambitions. Unless you consciously develop a positive support network, major achievements over the long haul are all but impossible.
- DEMONSTRATE COURAGE by expressing your ideas, taking bold action, and standing up for yourself and others, even in the face of fear, uncertainty, threat, or changing conditions. Courage is not an occasional act, but a trait of choice and will.
We love the fact that energy from maintaining health through exercise has been recognised as one of the key factors for how to be successful in life. It may seem a little obvious that focusing and goal setting and being part of support groups is of little value if you don’t have the physical energy or ability to actually do anything, but having it included in a list such as this helps to remind us that exercise needs to be a priority in our lives.
Brendon Burchard’s new book High Performance Habits will be released on 19 September 2017 but you can pre-order from Amazon now
If you do pre-order the book take note of your order number from your receipt and take it to this page to receive bonus gifts.
If you would like to achieve success at a new fitness challenge or weight loss goal then you can join a HoopFitness class here.
If you want to link in with a group of people who will believe in and support your hoop-fitness efforts then you can join the In2Hula 10 Minute Club Facebook group.