5 Simple Steps to Success
I read a ton of articles, books, blogs, posts and quotes about how to be successful. It’s something most of us want in our lives. The interesting thing, though, is that being successful is different for everyone. For some, having their children grow up to be healthy, independent, contributing members of society is a huge success. For others, they need the big house, fancy car, perfect spouse and 2.5 children to feel like they have made it. Wherever you fall in that span, I have found that in my personal life as well as my professional life, these 5 steps always make me successful. I hope they help you too.
- Think Positively
It is all about mindset. Are you going to allow circumstances to control you or are you going rise above them and find the positive? It is a lot harder to get yourself out of a bad situation or to come up with solutions to a challenge if you have a negative attitude. I often share that most people believe that bad can come from thinking negatively (we all know those people who constantly say they have bad luck…they actually attract bad “luck” into their lives) so why don’t we also believe that good can come from thinking positively? When bad things do happen, you will find you can get through the tough times a lot easier if you try to have a positive attitude rather than dwelling on what’s wrong with the situation.
- Take Care of Yourself
We have heard it a million times. We have to eat right and exercise. But why is it so important? If we don’t take care of ourselves, we start slowing down. We will get sick more often (it’s hard to be successful if we are lying on the couch). We will be prone to obesity and disease – again, it’s hard to be successful if we are spending our time and money at the doctor and on medicines to mask the problem we probably could have solved by taking care of ourselves (oops, was that out loud?). I have read studies that say you should exercise first thing in the morning and then eat a nutritious breakfast. Perhaps it matters if you are trying to tweak your routine a bit to get that leg up you’ve been looking for. Overall, I think making sure it is a lifestyle choice is most important than when you do it. With all the conveniences we have in our world today, there really is very little excuse to not eat healthy foods and exercise regularly.
- Read something
I love to read. If I had my way, I wouldn’t even own a television and I honestly can’t remember the last movie I saw. Television and movies certainly have some redeeming qualities. They can be highly informative and/or highly entertaining. Sometimes we need to engage in the mindless! However, reading can develop and enhance so much in our own minds. If you have ever read a book that was eventually made into a movie, you have probably thought to yourself, “that is not at all what I pictured that character like.” Our imagination can run wild about what the characters look like, exactly what their surrounding look like, the inflections in their voice and even how the book will end. When we read a novel or a biography, we may glean new information from a different perspective or learn a piece of history that can change the way we view certain people, places, or situations. So whether it’s the daily newspaper or a feel good story a friend posted on Facebook, read something – you just may learn from it!
- Pay it Forward
I have been hearing a lot about paying it forward lately. I was 19 years old, living on my own in an apartment. I didn’t have a lot of belongings, and most of them were hand-me-downs from my parents, but I had what I needed. I was working in an office at The City of Phoenix. One of my co-workers had been doing some spring cleaning and brought in a bag of bath towels to give to me. I didn’t understand why she was giving them to me so freely but I was ecstatic to have to laundry less often! I distinctly remember her telling me that someday, when I could afford to do something similar for someone else, she hoped I would pay it forward (I hope I’ve done you proud Danae). Whether it’s paying for the car behind you in line at Starbucks or giving that unopened bottle of water you just bought to the person standing on the street corner who is clearly in need, do something kind for someone else without the thought of what they can do for you in return.
Sounds simple – and it IS! I love the quote, “Smile. It makes people wonder what you are up to.” I am always drawn to people who smile. It makes them seem approachable, and I don’t know many successful people who were unapproachable in their ascent. We are all so busy. We all have so many responsibilities and are pulled in all different directions. Smile. You don’t know who you might meet in the process that could change your life or, better yet, you could change theirs (and just in case you need some help, watch this video).
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.