Why do some people make life, work, and success look so easy? Are they genetically gifted? Do they know something the rest of us don’t? Or, have they created certain habits that allow them to push forward while the rest of us get stuck in the muck?
Curious after a witnessing an extreme reaction to a Facebook post by a friend that read, “No matter what I do, I can’t seem to get ahead. Does anyone else feel this way?” we wanted to find some research that could shed some light on the habits of successful people.
Of course, this is just a short list, or starting point, but these three lifestyle habits are a great place to start.
1. Be Mission-Oriented
James Bond, The Avengers, and the pizza guy who always delivers on time—what do they all have in common? It’s simple: They’re mission-oriented. Each is motivated by the knowledge of where they’re going and why. Whether they’re driven by a passion for spy craft, a goal to save the world, or simply delivering a piping hot pie, they’ve got a mission to accomplish. Believing in that mission gives them the strength to persevere and succeed, regardless of the obstacles.
A study by the O.C. Tanner Institute, in fact, reveals that 90% of award-winning work is accomplished by people who are willing to grit it out until they witness the connection between their actions and their results. Basically, if there’s a roadblock, these people find a new road, and will keep finding new roads until the destination is reached.
The question is, do you know your mission? Heading into any project, goal, or new situation, stop and ponder the question. In fact, answer it now: Why are you reading this article? What is your mission—and how can you accomplish it? (If you’re searching for character insights, you’re on the right track. Just read on!) Knowing your mission is a crucial building block of success, as mission-oriented people accomplish goals and lead teams better than those who lack a vision.
2. Strategize And Execute
In just two decades, the conqueror Genghis Khan went from an outcast living in exile to the ruler of the largest land empire in history, a plot of land twice the size of the ancient Roman Empire. How did he accomplish this feat? In large part, through smart, careful planning—followed by bold execution. In The Leadership Secrets of Genghis Khan, author John Man reveals these steps were two crucial factors to Khan’s incredible success.