1. Work on your self belief daily
The great business mentor, Dan Sullivan, has long stated that in his 35 years experience, confidence is the single most valuable attribute to succeed in business. But most of us aren’t just born confident, we need to work at it.
One of the best ways to do this is to spend a few minutes daily being your own mind coach – talk yourself up, convince yourself that you have what it takes to achieve great things this year.
After all, as Dr Maxwell Maltz’s research proved over 30 years ago, we usually perform in accordance with our self identity.
2. Get clear about what you want
After studying successful people for over three decades, high performance expert, Brian Tracy, concluded that the most important element of achievement is clarity. Where do you want to be in 12 months? In 6 months? In the next 90 days?
Write it down and read it every day – it will triple your chances of making it a reality. You don’t have to be a genius to achieve big things in business. You usually just have to be very clear about your aims, then work hard and intelligently to reach them.
3. Develop white hot desire
Strong desire is common amongst all great business titans. If you are half-hearted about your goals, then mediocrity is assured. As top performance coach, Steve Hardison, put it, “If you’re not totally committed this ship is sinking, it’s just a matter of when.”
The good news is that personal desire can be increased quickly – by thinking incessantly about your goals, reminding yourself constantly of why you want them and remaining cognisant of how good life will be when you achieve them.
4. Develop specialised knowledge
In 1937, Napoleon Hill identified a lack of specialised knowledge as one of the primary reasons people fail to achieve their dreams in business.
What specifically do you need to learn to succeed in your line of work? What areas of knowledge have the top people in your field learned that those at the mid level haven’t?
Think about this carefully, then make it your business to become expert in those areas. Steve Jobs needed to know how to manage people (and boards) better before he could achieve lasting corporate greatness. Investment guru Leon Black had to learn the intricacies of high yield bonds from Michael Milken before he could strike out on his own. What specialised knowledge do you need to learn to make this year an outstanding one?
5. Do what's really important first
Having spent almost 30 years studying time management, if I were asked what is the single most critical productivity technique, I would say it’s this one: whatever is the highest value activity on your To Do List, do it first. Then do the next most important task second, and so on.
You can ignore all the other hundreds of efficiency techniques and still become extremely successful in business, if you master this one.
Yet not one executive or entrepreneur in a hundred does this consistently.
So there you have it, five simple tips to making this year a superb one. Why not try them for the next 30 days and see how much better your results become?
In the long run, success in business is no accident, it stems from doing a few key things well, again and again. Starting with the ones above.
WORDS Siimon Reynolds
This article was originally written by website The Fortune Institute.