Everyone wants to be successful in some way. Everyone has a talent, hobby or specific skill they have worked hard to refine. Everyone secretly wishes they could turn that talent, hobby or skill into a full-time career.
Success is a lot of work and involves a lot of sweat and tears. Not to mention early mornings, long days and late nights. Anticipation, triumph and failure.
Stress is part of the deal. Yet somehow, the most successful people in the world have managed to accept it, live with it and even overcome it to reach their greatest aspirations.
If you’re like the rest of us, and want to lead a successful life, you have to learn to deal with the stress that comes along with it. Here are three ways most successful people combat stress in their everyday lives.
Do you remember the last group project you did back in school? What was the first thing your group did, before everyone remembered no group of individuals pulls an equal amount of weight in any joint assignment?
You delegated tasks. Whether you called it that or not.
You assigned a specific portion of the project to each person so that, ideally, one person didn’t end up pulling an all-nighter the day before the final paper was due to finish everyone else’s work for them.
Successful people take this seemingly cringe-worthy concept and adapt it to a real-world environment. Group work, it turns out, can be effective once everyone around you is working toward a common long-term goal instead of just a good grade.
If you were that person in the group that ended up doing everything by yourself, and actually didn’t mind it that much, chances are you probably still carry traces of that bad habit with you now.
How can you tell? When you’re stressing about deadlines, and someone offers to take some of the work off your hands, you decline.
This will only make you more stressed and will likely decrease the quality of the work you do complete. Delegating tasks to those around you, especially those willing to help out, will eliminate that unneeded stress from your life.
Make sure to pick reliable people to do the work when you do hand out tasks. Also, micromanaging is just as stressful as trying to do everything yourself, if not more so. Don’t do it. Trust that the people you’ve chosen to take care of it will take care of it as promised.
They make progress, not perfection, a priority
There’s nothing wrong with wanting something done right.
Wanting something done right and expecting it to be flawless, however, are two completely different things.
Perfectionism is an unhealthy mindset when it comes to success. It gives us a false impression that it’s possible to do everything without error. Not only is it impossible; it’s impossible to succeed while trying.
It stresses us out, too, and unnecessarily so.
Successful people, whether perfectionists or not, understand that making progress toward achieving goals is more effective than trying to achieve them without making any mistakes at all, big or small.
According to a survey, 40 percent of entrepreneurs believe enduring at least one failure on the road to success is essential.
Successful people treat mistakes and shortcomings as learning experiences. They do the absolute best they can, but if it isn’t perfect the first time around, that’s okay. Progress takes precedence over perfectionism.
Setting small goals, and celebrating each minor victory no matter how trivial, is how successful people transform stressful work into rewarding achievement.
As long as you keep moving forward, learning from your errors and improving with each step you take, success is not too far away, no matter how imperfect the journey. You will have setbacks. Embrace them, wear them like armor and keep going anyway.
They take care of themselves
Anyone can develop the skills and dedication needed in order to work countless hours, be good at what they do and impact the lives of those around them everywhere they go.
What makes successful people so successful is their tireless commitment to not only their work, but to their health and well-being, too.
Stress negatively impacts the way we feel, think and behave. In the short-term, it can give us nasty headaches, an upset stomach and can even lead to trouble sleeping. Over time it can make us anxious, cause us to lose focus on basic tasks and could even lead to overeating, substance abuse and social withdrawal if not managed.
Successful people recognize when chronic stress—stress over time, not just stress over a short-term project—is weighing them down. They make the decision to do whatever is necessary to stay healthy, even if it means putting a project to the side or handing it off to someone else.
If you’re struggling with long-term stress and its affects, and you’re worried about it interfering with your ability to succeed, make the choice to take better care of yourself. Put your health first. Make time to work out and eat full, balanced meals. Rest when you’re tired. Take a day off every once in awhile; it will make you more productive in the long run.
Stress is the excuse we give when we unintentionally snap at a loved one. It’s the excuse we dish out when we have a headache, when we don’t feel like working any harder, when we just want to give up.
Don’t let stress be your greatest barrier to success. Delegate tasks to those willing and able to help you get the job done. Focus on progress, not whether the final product is absolutely perfect. Don’t forget to make your health and well-being a priority.
Everyone wants to be successful. Many people have achieved more than even they believed they ever could. It took perseverance. It took skill. It probably took a little bit of luck, too.
It also took refusing to let stress get in the way of achieving the impossible. Make that same vow to yourself, and you will go far.