The A-L of highly successfully people Part Four: J – L

What’s the secret to repeated success?  This four-part series looks at the things that highly successful people do, which you can learn to do too and thereby guarantee your own success.

J = Join the Dots

Have you ever done one of those dot to dot puzzles?  If you have your realise that it is so much easier if you know what the overall picture is supposed to look like.  As you join the dots you can compare the picture you are forming to the likeness of the picture you are supposed to create.  Joining the dots is about tracking progress against your target.  Highly successful people recognise that it is important not only to do the task but also to track how well they are doing against their overall “big picture” so that they can adjust and vary what they are doing in order to keep on track.

K= Keep It Simple

Perhaps it is the result of an abundance of highly sophisticated technology and systems that have led us to believe that the more complicated something is the better it is.  Conversely the opposite is true.  Highly successful people recognise the value in simplicity.

There have been a number of studies that have shown that the more choices available to the customer the less they are likely to buy.  It’s like being a child in a sweet shop; so overwhelmed by the choice of sweets that they end up choosing nothing rather than make the wrong decision.  Likewise if you overcomplicate your life by inundating yourself with too many choices your subconscious mind is more likely to retreats into a whole and gives up in disgust.

Wherever possible aim for simplicity.  If you have to make a decision about something in your life, rather than attempting to evaluate every possible option and every possible consequence of each option just choose something that you think will work and give it a go.  What’s the worst that can happen?  It doesn’t work and you get to experience learning from feedback.  After all there is no failure only feedback.

L = logical

Highly successful people have found the optimum balance between gut instinct and logical brain. That is they make logical informed decisions. Clearly there is this place for gut instinct and many successful people have followed their instinct in the face of strong opposition from other people and achieved phenomenal success.  However, one needs to be wary that what you perceive as gut instinct is not in fact emotional baggage.  Applying your logical brain in these circumstances will ensure that you don’t let your emotions trump your intelligence.

Now you have the A-L of highly successful people. Hopefully you have been making small changes in your approach to your success along the way by practicing new things each week.

This week start tracking your progress by identifying the key indicators you need to monitor. Look for areas where you can simplify your life by eliminating options and focusing in on one or two things. Lastly get into the habit of running your gut instincts via your logical brain first by asking yourself “what’s really going on here?”

Continue to make changes in your life by adopting these new behaviours and watch your success materialise.

Links to previous parts in the series:

Part One A-C

Part Two D-F

Part Three G-I



About Ola Agbaimoni

Known as "The Business Detective" due to her "Sherlock Holmes" like problem solving abilities, Ola works in partnership with her sister Carole Pyke, The Business Bard. Together they run Eélan Media, a new type of Business growth agency offering a forensic approach to business and a creative approach to marketing. As well as being an expert in business planning, training and development, Ola is also a certified coach, NLP practitioner; an accomplished author, speaker and presenter.

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