Are some of us pre-destined at birth for success? Maybe--but that's not the important thing that matters. Despite how we feel about the odds of success with which we were born, we can always be doing something more to increase our chances of success--and our happiness.
There are things we can do that are scientifically backed that can help even the most success-challenged among us. Here are 5 scientifically proven ways to bring you closer to becoming the successful person you were meant to be--whether you were born with it or not.
1.Take advantage of the Zeigarnik Effect
The effect states that uncompleted tasks or projects become background noise--a constant nagging within our unconscious brain. This nagging will continue until you make a concrete plan within your conscious mind. Make use of the Zeigarnik effect to further your success--create and write down a plan of action. Include time, place and how you will complete your task or project and get it done and out of your unconscious brain so you can rid yourself of that constant, yet helpful, nagging.
2. Stand up strong
It is scientifically proven that our bodies can have a profound affect upon the feedback cycle of our brains. If we smile, we feel happier. If we begin to slouch, we often feel more tired than we felt before. Sitting up straight or standing with good posture has been scientifically proven to increase our sense of power and can even enhance our sense of well being and positivity. Not only that, others will perceive us as more powerful and successful than our hunched-over colleague. Want to increase your chances of success? Make good posture a priority.
3. Meditate each morning
Numerous psychologists tout the clearing of the brain through meditation as an excellent way to achieve a new state of clarity, one that allows our mind to reset and our body to collect itself before beginning a new day. Daily morning meditation helps reduce the stress we feel and helps us focus on the day ahead. Begin your day with a healthy dose of meditation-just a few minutes are all that is needed-so you can increase your chances for a very successful day.
4. Interact with others
Other than the obvious benefit of networking, forging relationships with others increases our chemical count of oxytocin and triggers dopamine to release into the brain--chemicals responsible for warm, fuzzy, and fulfilled feelings. Having lasting and substantial relationships with others may be the easiest way to success, as we better ourselves both professionally and emotionally.
5. Spend more time alone
Contrary to what may seem like the intuitive thing to do, spending time alone has actually been shown to bolster our levels of success. People who are able to exist on their own seek less validation from others, make fewer reckless choices, and are, in general, much more aware of who they are than those who seek out constant companionship.