This morning when I was doing my morning devotion, a word popped out to me – proportional. I remember that word from my early days in mathematics. Some things are directly proportional, and some are indirectly proportional. It’s an exciting concept to know the things that directly affect an outcome, and many times they may be more than one.
There is a way to use this concept to help people who want to achieve particular outcomes understand what they can do that directly affects their desired outcomes. It’s also helpful in helping you to develop a formula for anything you want as an output. For example, reading is directly proportional to intelligence, spending time together is directly proportional to getting fond of each other, and so on.
So depending on my desired output, I can simply find the habits or activities that are directly proportional or are directly correlated and causative and focus on doing them. If my goal is to be a high achiever, there are many habits that have been shown to have a directly proportional relationship with high achievement. Here are some examples:
1. Goal-setting: Successful people tend to set clear and achievable goals for themselves. They break their goals into smaller, more manageable tasks and work consistently to achieve them. If you want to be a high achiever you need to have a goal orientation. Do you?
2. Persistence: High achievers are often tenacious and do not give up easily. They are willing to put in the effort and time required to achieve their goals. Many times they fail, but they never quit.
3. Self-discipline: Successful people have good self-control and are able to resist distractions and temptations that might hinder their progress. They prioritize their tasks and focus on what is most important. Are you disciplined?
4. Continuous learning: High achievers are constantly seeking to improve themselves and learn new things. They read books, attend seminars and workshops, and seek out mentors and experts in their field. If this doesn’t describe you, it needs to. What changes do you need to make for this to happen?
5. Time management: Successful people are efficient with their time and prioritize their tasks according to their importance. They set deadlines and manage their time effectively to meet those deadlines. You can start with a weekly to-do list and gradually start with a daily to-do list, even if it starts with just three items.
6. Positive attitude: High achievers tend to have a positive outlook on life and believe in themselves and their abilities. They are optimistic about their future and are not easily discouraged by setbacks. If you don’t have a positive attitude, you can confess yourself to one. Just create a daily routine of saying some positive words daily, your tongue is a pen, and your heart is a tablet.
7. Perseverance: Successful people have a strong work ethic and are willing to persevere through difficult times. They understand that setbacks and failures are part of the learning process and use them as opportunities for growth and development. If you are not this type of person, find a friend who is and work with them as a volunteer for a while. There are many other ways you can achieve this, but it has to be deliberate and measured.
8. Networking: High achievers understand the importance of building relationships with others. They network with colleagues, mentors, and industry experts to learn from them and gain new insights. Get out of your comfort zone and ask for help from others.
Overall, high achievers tend to have a combination of these habits and use them consistently to achieve their goals.