Success Rituals and Superstitionshttp://www.wiggmanscoaching.com/success- rituals- and- superstitions/ March 23, 2013All successful people not only have their personal rulesof success but they also have a set of rituals that theyperform daily to ensure continuedsuccess.B5BW4N9JZ8CXThese success rituals are not something they juststumbled upon overnight. Most likely it took years oftrial and error to refine them.As any successful person knows their investment of timein personal development discovering these rituals reapshuge personal rewards in the future.That’s why you are here. To build a foundation of personal developmentknowledge so you can create unlimited personal success.So why not just develop some great habits and call it a day?Habits and Success RitualsFor what we are discussing here today I want to make a clear distinction betweenhabits and success rituals so you can see how your rituals relate to superstitionslater.Habits by my definition are something you develop over time to fulfill a smallneed. The habit of brushing your teeth, showering or hanging up your jacket.They are just things you do on autopilot but do not resonate with you as creatingyour success.Habits are vitally important to your personal success and I would never dismissthem as just mundane tasks but rituals are bigger.All great habits eventually evolve into your success rituals. They go fromsomething you did daily to start creating change in your life to being part of yourcontinued success.A success ritual is something you consciously choose to do daily because youhave proven that it adds to your personal success.Waking up and having a drink of water is a habit. Waking up to your workout
clothes and shoes being laid out at the foot of the bed because you know you willexercise if you do is a success ritual.Rituals are what successful people use to be as successful as they are. Chanceor luck does not play into their formulas.SuperstitionsSuccess rituals are a must when it comes to living the life of your dreams.If they are so important then how do rituals become superstitions and hold youback?Your ritual becomes a superstition when you start believing that your successcomes from the ritual and not who you are choosing to be.When you blame your ritual for a failure it has now become a superstition.Superstitions are a sign of living in the past which is how they become limitingbeliefs.You start to believe you are not capable of success without your lucky rabbitsfoot, having oatmeal for breakfast vs. toast or always putting your left sock onfirst.A great example is exercising.You wake up, eat and head out the door to the gym.You get there feeling great only to discover you left your watch at home. Oh no,not your lucky watch, the watch that tells you everything you need to know likehow long you have rested and what time it is.You consider the fact the gym has a clock or you could just count in your head butit doesn’t feel the same without your watch.At this point you consciously chose to let the missing watch destroy yourworkout. Maybe you stayed, maybe you didn’t, either way mentally your workoutwas ruined.What happened? Has the watch been lifting the weights and sweating it out foryou. Was there some type of secret minerals the watch released to make yousuper human?You allowed the ritual of having your watch with you turn into a superstition.
Without your watch you were powerless to work out. Not really but that is whatyou blamed not working out on.You are not alone. I have experienced this where I left my workout book at homethat I always record my weights, sets and reps in. In my mind that book was thelifeblood of my workout. You know what I did. I left the gym.That is crazy isn’t it? I drove all the way there and then gave up.Did I become physically incapable of working out at that moment? Did that bookhave the map to the gym I would be lost without it?No of course not.I choose to stop believing it was me who was creating the success and insteadbelieved it was the book.Superstitions vs. Success RitualsYou are your performance, not the shoes, equipment or what you ate forbreakfast.Success rituals are important but you need to realize it is you who is choosing tobe the person needed to create that success.Rituals are efficient and superstitions are inefficient.If you have superstitions because you find them fun then great. If they affectyour personal performance, they need to go.If you just couldn’t exercise today because your lucky (and most likely disgusting)workout underwear happened to make their way into the laundry basket then youneed to revaluate your rituals.You may believe that superstitions only apply to athletics but you will have themfor all areas of life if you do not keep in sight the fact you create your success bywho you choose to be daily. Athletes just seem to have the wildest and mostpublicized superstitions.Take Action Request:Reflect on what your current daily habits are that may be success rituals indisguise. Now take your known success rituals and see if you have made theminto superstitions.
Your Life Your Choice Your DesignDarrin WigginsP.S. If you are interested in taking this to the next level, in week four of theLifestyle Design Mastery course we discuss how to define your success andsuccess rituals. Click here to learn more.“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what youget” – W.P. KinsellaMake sure to follow me and share this with friends you care about.