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Want to get ahead in life? Here’s how…

Environmental Psychologist and Wellbeing Consultant

Want to get ahead in life? Here’s how…

Let’s face it; the vast majority of people want to get ahead in life. However, most of those people don’t make a conscious effort to do so and often criticise those who are successful and who have gotten ahead. The question is, how can you give yourself the best chance of getting ahead, becoming successful and stop yourself from falling into the negative category of people who take umbrage with those who have excelled at life? Well, in today’s article, we’ll be discussing the best steps to take to increase the likelihood of you ‘getting ahead’ in life.

Getting Ahead in Life: 10 Tips

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Before we furnish you with tips for getting ahead, it is essential that you have a certain mentality and understand how people get ahead in life. Luckily, it’s very simple: they do things that other people don’t and won’t do. Remember that. 

#1: Rise early: Always think that there’s not enough time in the day? Get up earlier. If you start your days before others do, you can get more done and accomplish more.

#2: Prepare: Don’t start your day without preparing for the day head. Whatever you’re doing, plan and organise it – it will make everything run much more smoothly and efficiently. 

#3: Work out: Everyone knows how important it is to exercise, yet few of us put words into action and workout regularly. Physical activity on a daily basis will have profound effects on both mental and physical health and improve motivation and productivity.

#4: Beat deadlines: There are deadlines in every facet of life. Rather than burying your head in the sand like most of us do, be proactive and try to beat deadlines by finishing before they’re due. 

#5: Goals: Successful people set themselves goals. Although there seems to be a rising trend of not setting goals, all this will do is ensure that you don’t fail…because you’ve not tried to attain anything. Of course, this doesn’t make much sense, particularly for those who want to get ahead. If you want to get ahead, you must set goals. 



#6: Take opportunities: No-one becomes successful by staying in their comfort zone. You must get up and go out. You must take risks of all sizes. Only by making our way across our natural boundaries can we grow and, ultimately, get ahead.

#7: Don’t moan: Moaning and complaining are too easy. Furthermore, it wastes time and is often called procrastination in disguise. Rather than whining about it, be proactive and something about it.

#8: Think big: Most people are capable of achieving greater things than they’d ever imagined; therefore, it is ok to think and dream big – even if you think it might be too big. Don’t be afraid of having what most would deem as unachievable goals. 

#9: Learn something new: The sad and unfortunate truth is that most people stop learning new things when they leave school. Be the opposite of this. If you get the opportunity to learn a skill, grasp it with both hands.

#10: Learn to say ‘no’: Learning to say ‘no’ is a crucial aspect of success. Many people often assume that winners always say ‘yes’, when, in fact, the opposite is true. A true winner knows when to say yes and when to say no. 

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