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4. How Being on Time and Being Organised Can Help You Succeed

There are a lot of different factors that come into play when it comes to being successful. Today, let’s focus on two of them (being organised and being on time) that can make a huge difference in your day-to-day life.

Think back on some of the most successful people you’ve met in your own life. The chances are they were good at both of these - organised and being on time.

There’s a reason why both of these factors will make such a big difference when it comes to being successful.

Both being on time and organised can help you make the best possible use of your time and energy. When referring to energy, it includes both mental and physical energy.

We have a limited supply of both along with being restricted to 24 hours on a given day. In other words, both time and energy are limited resources. What being on time and staying organised helps with is making the most of those resources and focusing them on tasks and activities that help us reach the goals that define success.

There are two different ways in which being both on time and organised will help you succeed. Let’s look at both of them and then briefly discuss how to get better at them.

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3. Success does not Happen Overnight – Be Patient and Persistent

I’m tired of hearing about overnight successes, aren’t you?

Sure, it makes for a great headline when an unknown band has a hit song, an author hits the bestseller list, or a guy at the office moves up into management in record time. It makes for an interesting story. 

In an ideal world, we all want to reach our goals and become smashing successes overnight without all the hard work, tears, and sweat. But there’s a problem with that narrative.

Nine times out of ten, that overnight success was decades in the making. We just don’t often hear about it because it’s not the exciting part of the story. The authors who hit it big with their first published book has spent years crafting their skill. They’ve had dozens of manuscripts and drafts rejected before hitting it big with their overnight success.

The same goes for your favorite band, actor, director, and even the guy doing what you’re doing, who seems to climb the ladder of success much faster, skipping rungs along the way.

In the business world it took Apple and Starbucks over 20 years to Scale Up!

Success doesn’t happen overnight, and you shouldn’t expect it to happen for you. It takes work and time. That’s why some of the best basic success skills you can develop are patience and persistence.

The two work hand in hand. If you can make yourself chip away and make a little progress every single day, and have the patience to wait for that work to accumulate, you will be able to reach even the loftiest goals.

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Success Part 2: Prioritisation and other Success Skills

I’m going to let you in on a secret. You can’t do it all, and you can’t have it all. We are all limited to 24 hours per day and our energy to accomplish things during that time is limited as well. It’s also why it’s important to get good at prioritisation when it comes to success. This idea of choosing what to do when and what to focus on “right now” comes into play in a few different ways.

Following last week’s blog, I want to take a look at 3 areas that we should consider when prioritising for success and suggest 10 Success Skills that are helpful for us to develop to enable us to achieve whatever success means for each of us.

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