During my sessions as a coach for professionals, I often find that I'm repeating myself. Some advice is more common than others, and I thought this would be a good starting point to share with you. Repeating myself again, I must add. But if it works for the ones that are lucky enough to be successful, then it certainly works. So, hang on, maybe they aren’t “lucky to be successful.” Maybe they found the secret sauce—a cheat code.

Success often seems effortless for some individuals. Have you ever wondered why? As a young professional, I was fascinated by this, and I remember being in awe of some. Teaching in East London, you would see some struggle, and some thrive. So, what did the people who thrived have in common? Good question. Well, there were a few aspects, for sure. Was this the secret sauce we have been looking for?

During my sessions now, one of the fundamental questions I get asked is, What secrets do high-performing professionals have that help them excel? As an experienced coach, I've seen firsthand the strategies that drive success. Here are five tips that I personally recommend that you apply in your daily life to achieve your goals and enhance your performance. You never know, they might even work. Because the people who succeed are definitely not lucky, but they have embraced a winning formula.

Embrace continuous learning: keep the brain train rolling

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

(Mahatma Gandhi)

No matter how big or small, continuous learning will invigorate you. It will give you something to get you out of bed in the morning and, more importantly, something you can be proud of. Successful people never stop learning. They read books, attend seminars, take online courses, and stay curious about the world around them. This habit keeps their minds sharp and their skills relevant. Make a habit of dedicating at least 30 minutes a day to learning something new, whether it's related to your profession or a personal interest. I recently read Arnold Schwarzenegger's biography and resonated with his advice on setting time aside for personal development. Arnold's journey is a testament to the power of continuous learning and personal growth. Take a leaf out of his book and commit to learning every day.

I worked with a guy who felt stagnant in his career. We introduced a habit of daily learning, and within months, his renewed enthusiasm and expanded knowledge opened new opportunities for him. He started by reading industry journals and taking online courses, which eventually led to a promotion. With a new ethos, he achieved the success he craved.

Set clear goals and prioritize: chart your course and keep your compass steady

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.

(Mark Twain)

Goal setting is crucial. What is it you want to achieve? Why? Let's make that easier. What are your life non-negotiables? Let's say it's golf. Do you want to be seen as a burnout workaholic or a good professional who is also a low handicap golfer? Start by defining clear, achievable goals. Break these goals down into smaller tasks and prioritize them. Make them your thing. Put them first in your Eisenhower matrix. Use tools like to-do lists, planners, or digital apps to keep track of your progress. By focusing on one task at a time, you can avoid feeling overwhelmed and ensure that you are making steady progress toward your larger objectives. Most importantly, enjoy the process.

Someone I helped wanted to excel at work without sacrificing his love for golf. We set clear priorities and used an Eisenhower matrix to manage his time better. Soon, he found a perfect balance between his career and his passion, making significant strides in both areas. He now schedules his work tasks around his golf practice, ensuring that he remains productive without missing out on his favourite hobby. His handicap got lower, he was happier, and he became more productive. Magic!

Develop a routine and stick to it: find your groove and dance to it every day

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

(Robert Collier)

Consistency is the key to success. Establish a daily routine that aligns with your goals, and stick to it. This includes having a morning routine that sets a positive tone for the day, dedicated work hours, and time for rest and relaxation. Routines help create a sense of discipline and structure, making it easier to stay focused and productive. This isn't a case where what worked for someone else might work for you. Find out what really works for you; think about your caffeine intake and supplements. Maximize and push yourself.

A man I worked with was struggling with productivity. We crafted a routine that included exercise, focused work periods, and relaxation. Within weeks, he was more energized and productive, and his work performance improved significantly. For instance, he started his day with a morning jog, dedicated specific hours for deep work, and set aside time for family in the evening. This routine brought structure to his chaotic days and boosted his efficiency. He looked healthy and felt happier. Result!

Practice effective communication: master the art of chat and chatter

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

(George Bernard Shaw)

Clear and effective communication is a cornerstone of success. Whether you're leading a team, negotiating a deal, or resolving a conflict, your ability to convey ideas and listen to others is crucial. Practice active listening, be concise and clear in your messages, and always strive for empathy and understanding in your interactions. Good communication fosters better relationships and smoother workflows. For me, I just offer total transparency. I'm just honest. Talking is a good remedy for happiness.

I remember working with a guy who struggled with team communication. We focused on active listening and clear messaging. As a result, his team dynamics improved, leading to better collaboration and project outcomes. He learned to ask open-ended questions and give constructive feedback, which helped him build stronger relationships with his colleagues.

Take care of your physical and mental health: nurture your body and mind garden

To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.


Health is wealth. High achievers know that maintaining their physical and mental health is non-negotiable. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, adequate sleep, and mindfulness practices such as meditation or yoga can significantly enhance your performance. Taking care of your health ensures that you have the energy and clarity to tackle your daily challenges effectively. But again, make sure you read this, do something you enjoy. Exercise doesn't have to be punishment. If you like walking, set aside some time and listen to a good podcast. If you're happy, your productivity will only increase.

I helped a man who loved to cycle. We incorporated three cycling sessions into his weekly schedule. Even if it rained, he would jump on the Peloton inside. He would set himself aside for at least 30 minutes, and in a way, that was freedom; that was a break; that was setting time for himself. This routine helped him stay fit and provided a mental break from his busy work schedule, boosting his overall productivity and happiness.

I've always wondered how some people have gotten it so right. Why do some always have boundless energy? Now I'm pretty sure why—they set life non-negotiables and use their very own Eisenhower matrix.

Implementing these five tips can help you unlock your potential and navigate your path to success more effectively. Continuous learning, clear goal-setting, consistent routines, effective communication, and a strong focus on health are strategies used by top executives and professionals to excel in their fields. By integrating these habits into your life, you too can make success look easy.

Remember, the journey to success is a marathon, not a sprint. Stay committed, be patient, and celebrate your progress along the way. As you apply these tips, you'll find yourself growing and achieving more than you ever thought possible.

And last of all, don't compare yourself to others. Be yourself.