10 Things Happy (& Successful!) People Do Way Differently

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Learning how to be happy in life and getting what you want — isn't that your ultimate goal?

Becoming successful often involves some serious goal setting as well as practicing the art of self-improvement.

Everyone defines success a little differently. It could be having the lifestyle you desire, relationships that nurture you, work that fulfills you, or something else entirely.

Success could mean being the best person you can be, a role model for your children, or a contributor to worthy causes. It might also be ticking things off your bucket list, like running a marathon or spending time in a Buddhist temple.

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When success includes happiness, though, it most often means achieving a state of mind or feelings of joy, peace, and acceptance. It is a sense of bliss.

No matter how you define success, all the wishing and hoping you do won't make it happen. When it comes to being happy and successful, certain people fulfill their dreams more quickly and more easily than others.

You might be thinking, "How could I ever be as ridiculously successful as…?"

Yes, there are certain personality traits and innate abilities that can give you a leg up depending on your goals. That said, the most successful people adopt a specific mindset and set of strategies that enable and support the achievement of their aspirations.

Ask yourself, "What would it mean to me to manifest my dreams?" Then, learn and practice what people do differently so you can live your dream life, too.

What do successful and happy people do differently and exceptionally well to achieve their goals and manifest their dreams?

Here are 10 ways to be happy and successful in life when finding happiness seems so impossible.

1. Take responsibility

Successful people know that no one is going to do it for them.

If you dwell on your crappy job or dead-end career, you’re going to manifest more of that same negativity in your work life. Instead, take accountability for your future and make the necessary changes in your life. If you want it, go and get it! You'll definitely be happier!

2. Tap into the power of visualization

Just like in sports psychology, when you have a clear picture of what you want to do, be, have, and feel, you're much more likely to take actions that are in alignment with those things.

It's no accident that Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, and Mohammad Ali performed so well. They all used visualization before every event. Jack Nicklaus is widely known to have said, "I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head."

Successful people regularly visualize what they want because they know that the brain doesn't distinguish between visualization and something actually happening. Studies show that it may be just as effective as physical training.

But you don't have to be an athlete to adopt a visualization practice. It only takes 5 minutes a day to imagine yourself completing a task, dealing with a challenge, or living a joyful existence.

3. Create a focus

Besides forming a clear mental image of their dreams, successful people are single-minded in achieving them. They live each day intentionally, with their targets clear and their commitments unending.

If you want to develop the same laser focus, adopt morning and evening habits that support you, like writing out your goals and journaling your dreams. Notice when you're getting distracted and course correct when you need to get back on track. Consistency and persistence are vital.

One day at a time with your eye on the prize and you'll win the race.

4. Ask for help

If you think "I alone can do this", you're off the mark and missing out. Successful people know that they need to surround themselves with smart people who are experts in their fields. And the reality is, everybody needs support from time to time.

It could come in the form of advice, or the right question at the right time, or someone to lean on. Besides that, if you nurture relationships, you won't be lonely when you get everything you've dreamt of.

5. Don't give up

Most successful people will tell you they never gave up. Take J.K. Rowling, for example. She was a broke, single parent, struggling — at rock bottom, but she summoned the courage to keep going to make her writing dream a reality.

If you want something badly enough, there is always a way. Stay clear-headed, believe in yourself, and don't ever stop reaching.

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6. Think positively

Everything is energy, and happy, and successful people are continually sending out positive vibes to the universe. They know that to get what you want, you must raise and maintain your high vibrations.

So, start expecting the best and know that you have what it takes to deal with the worst if it happens. Positive thoughts lead to positive beliefs, which lead to positive actions, which lead to positive outcomes.

If you live in optimism, soon you're going to have the life you want. For real.

7. Adopt a growth mindset

There are two thinking patterns that successful people adopt:

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  • Progress over perfection. Successful people realize that you don't get as far if you don't take chances and just move forward. They are immobilized by fear or consume by getting everything just right.
  • They know they might make mistakes and they are OK with that. They choose to believe in themselves and have faith they can get better. Professor Carol Dweck coined this as a growth mindset. She studied students and was amazed at how failure influenced either allowed them to rebound or devastate them. Abilities and intelligence can be learned and strengthened.

If you adopt this attitude, you'll succeed, too!

8. Believe in yourself

It's one thing to have a clear vision of what you want, but you also must believe you're worthy of getting it. Accomplished — and happy — people have a healthy dose of confidence, as well as humility.

They don't doubt themselves routinely and they're not too proud either. They let their self-belief and self-worth carry them to their end goal.

Concentrate on what you know, such as your strengths and abilities, and hold tight to your aspirations. You can earn a living doing work you love and work you're called to do.

If you focus on landing your dream job, you'll bring financial abundance into your life. If you try to alleviate financial concerns first, you'll never get that joy and meaningful life you're craving.

Many of my clients find that affirmations work wonders to remind them of their greatness and limitless future. Try these and see how they change your mindset and outcomes:

  • "I am worthy!"
  • "I am confident in my abilities!"
  • "I have many talents to bring to the world!"
  • "I am successful!"
  • "I love my life!"

9. Implement a gratitude practice

Being thankful for what you already have raises your vibration and brings you more great things. Happy, successful people establish morning and evening rituals that involve reflecting on the goodness in their life.

So, even if you hate your current job, or your bank account is presently in the red, find things about your life that make you smile because there is more in store for you. Count your blessings and smell the sweet scent of success on the horizon.

10. Trust the universe

You can get clear about what you want, put in place healthy habits, adopt a positive frame of mind, but there comes the point when you need to let it all go. Things might not go as expected, and sometimes, circumstances turn out better. Successful people have faith that in the end, everything will work out as it's meant to be.

Trust the universe. It's got your back!

Follow these winning guidelines and you'll be one step closer to manifesting the happy and successful life of your dreams. You deserve it.

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Lisa Petsinis is a certified coach who works with resourceful women who want to create a life they love. Visit her website to learn about her coaching programs, contact her for a discovery call, or grab her free guide "5 Simple Ways To Start Turning Your Life Around Today."

This article was originally published at lisapetsinis.com. Reprinted with permission from the author.