It’s safe to say that many if not most people want to lead profoundly successful lives.

Whether success is defined in terms of things like economic growth, the development of mutually productive relationships, or positively contributing to the creation of sustainable communities, there are strategies that can be implemented to increase the likelihood that you can realize your dream of success.

Here are some of them:

1. Set Your Intent For The Day When You Wake Up.

One of the reasons that people don’t optimize their level of success is because they maintain a disorganized, “go with the flow” mentality.

Note that this mentality doesn’t refer to retaining an open-minded approach to life. Rather, it involves having no plan at all.

If this is your approach to life, note that you’re setting yourself up for other people and various external forces to dictate the shape and scope of your existence. If you’d rather use your own mind and will to determine what your daily life will be like, it’s time to start setting your intent for your day when you wake up.

Setting your intent can involve anything from a ten minute meditation to the creation of a to do list which outlines the three activities you must complete in order to genuinely, accurately state that your day was successful.

Another strategy you might implement to set your intent for the day is creating SMART goals. Note that your goal is SMART when it is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Specific.

2. Don’t Dwell on the Problem.

When you have a recurring problem or issue that is hovering over you like a cloud, it’s not always a good idea to dwell on it.

While you can’t ignore your problems, you should consider taking a break to take your mind off the problem. It can give you clarity regarding the problem and help you come up with a solution.

3. Finding Solutions.

Once you’re ready to face the problem or issue, it’s all about how you approach a resolution.

Instead of having a meeting with co-workers, employees or family members where you focus on the negative issue, make the focus of the meeting finding a solution to the problem. The solution will depend on the problem and the person involved. You can invite others to help you find the solution too.

4. The Positives in Your Life.

If you can surround yourself with positive people with optimistic values, they’ll keep you on track.

It’s easy to slip into negativity if you’re surrounded by negative people. If you’re the negative person in your group, try to absorb the energy and mindset of the others around you to start becoming more positive in your life. 

5. Exercise a Positive Mindset.

You can do this by making sure you’re giving yourself time to de-stress from life’s negative moments.

You can read inspirational posts or books, visit a yoga class or learn to meditate. Take some time each day to clear your mind and practice being positive.

When life’s bad moments hit, you’ll be more prepared to handle them.

6. Your Growth as a Positive Individual.

It can be tough to find the positive in bad situations, and often, it’s more about how you let it impact you.

You don’t have to be upbeat and happy about a bad situation, but it’s vital that you keep yourself from becoming too negative.

This takes time and practice.

7. Consider How Blessed and Lucky You Are.

Focusing on the positives in your life like family, friends and other loved ones can combat negative emotions or situations. They can be the focus instead of the negatives.

8. This Will Pass.

As with everything in life, even the bad situations filled with negativity will pass.

Whether it’s a lost relationship, death of a loved one or a lost job, you will find that time helps heal the loss. In the case of the job and relationship, you might find one that is better down the road.

9. Focus on Goals.

When you have goals, a minor setback won’t be enough to stop you.

You can reset your goals or refocus on them to get through the bad patch. It’s actually easier to reassert your focus when you have a goal. It could be work-related or have to do with your personal goal of being less stressed in your life.

While you might not always be successful, keeping positive gets easier in time as you practice and arm yourself with the right skills. Practice yoga, meditation or clearing your mind of issues. Surround yourself with positive people and keep focused on your goals.

10. Pursue Vocational Progress.

The typical American work week can include anywhere from 40-80 hours.

In recognizing that people spend roughly one third of their lives on the job, it’s immensely important to ensure that this realm is one through which you’re experiencing profound, ongoing growth.

As such, individuals who are interested in cultivating a life of success and progress should start thinking about what they can do to move forward in their career.

One of the best ways to pursue vocational progress is by engaging in ongoing educational courses. These courses will provide you with the knowledge, experiences, and skills that qualify you to take on more assignments while also increasing your likelihood of attaining promotions.

Your personal growth will transpire when these things happen as you learn to think and act in new ways while positively contributing to the development of your company.

11. Get Into Exercise.


Unfortunately, we live in a world where sedentary living is a norm.

Individuals might be sedentary due to the type of job they have, lack of will power, fear of exercising in front of others, or bodily limitations. But none of these realities should function as an excuse not to work out.

Rather, people need to figure out which strategies and lifestyle changes they can implement to make exercise an integral element of their life. Taking this step will ensure that they can attain life-giving benefits like greater cardiovascular health, more energy, mental clarity, body confidence, boosted immunity, and much more.

One form of exercise that you may want to consider engaging in for the purpose of attaining the aforementioned health benefits is yoga.


If you’re ready to lead the most productive, positive life possible, note that success won’t just happen. Rather, you’ll need to operate in a strategic way to overcome the cultural norms of mediocrity and stagnation. Use some or all of the three strategies outlined above to start your journey into success optimization immediately!

What about you? How do you stay positive in difficult times?

About The Author

This is a guest post by Rebecca from Self Development Secrets, an author, entrepreneur and most of all a wife and mother of 2. What she enjoys the most is helping normal people reach their full potential.