What Successful People Have That You Don't (You Actually Have It Too)
By Shana Lynn Yao
You see them everywhere. They are on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube - and every time you see them, you wonder "How did they do it?"
The struggle is real - or so you would think. I mean you weren't born looking like Bella Hadid and don't have the 4 million followers on Instagram that Aimee Song has, and don't even have a school like Marie Forleo. So when you launch forward to build your brand, it can be intimidating and cause you to lose your confidence and once high hopes.
But the truth is, they all started from ground zero. Sure, they may have been born with money and looks, but no one - NO ONE - is an overnight success. They do it one step at a time, one gutsy move, and when they fall, they get back up again.
Deep down you know this. You've studied the habits of successful people, and feed your brain with positive affirmations, podcasts, and tons of books. But still, the distance between where you are and where "they" are is long and sometimes feels unreachable.
But I'm here to tell you that you're actually closer than you think. Sure you may not have a million followers on Instagram or be sipping mai tai's on some exotic island, but you have something that even other successful people don't have - it's called your own HIGH VALUE.
Bet you weren't expecting that one. But that is the one thing that EVERY successful person has. It's their own self worth and acknowledgement of it. From Michael Jordan to Oprah, the one thing that separates them from you is that at some point in their life, they decided to challenge their own doubting brain and instead, turn their weaknesses into their strengths.
So instead of drooling over everything everyone else has, if you really want to get to your next level, here are a few simple things you can start doing to create your own habit of success.
Steps To Owning Your Success
1. JUST START
"I am!" you may be thinking. You're working hard to learn it all, to do all of the things people have told you to do to be successful - but that's not it. If you are feeling like you don't have what other people have, you're actually not doing what you need to do. Learning and researching is a step but without action, goals, your vision board, and learning mean nothing.
Real life is that everyone who has achieved something in their life has failed during their climb up. And in fact, while they probably did a lot of research and learning too, the things that created their real success came from their greatest failures and ability to keep get back up agan and keep moving forward.
2. CREATE A DAILY HABIT OF SUCCESS
The habit of success is not just a catchy phrase that people talk about. It's actually something you can and need to do.
As humans, 95% of our lives are subconscious thoughts. That means that if you've ever started your day with a mission and to do list and ended it with nothing on your list done and feeling completely scattered, chances are you may have fallen into the UNconscious zone.
Successful people know that the power of choosing priorities and creating a daily habit around them is essential to their success. If you a pro basketball player, you go to practice every single day. If you are a successful fashion blogger, you post on Instagram on a regular schedule. Whatever your definition of success, you need to apply conscious decision-making so what you do towards your success is done without thinking about it.
3. DECIDE YOU'RE WORTH IT
There is nothing more important than your own belief in yourself. And just the fact that you are reading this article is an indication that somewhere inside of you, you think that someone else has something you don't. If there is one thing to take away from reading this it's this - out of 7 billion people in the world NO ONE was born you. And that means that you are actually quite special.
I guarantee you, if you were to look at your life and write down everything about you that you value - things that people have told you are amazing, your talents, your dreams, and the little subtle things that you secretly love about yourself - I bet that list would be long and filled with so many amazing things. And I bet you want to help other people and make an impact in the world.
So today, decide you are worth it. Decide to create a personal mission on WHY you want to be successful and then believe in IT so much that it makes you believe in yourself.
What is your personal mission?
Go look in the mirror
Who are you?
What is your definition of success that has nothing to do with money?
How can you show your best online and in your brand?
How can you convey that secret sauce in your message, in your marketing, and in your life?
What is the emotional connection you have? To yourself?
Today decide you are worth it. It will be the best decision you will ever make in your life.
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