Being a cat.
And it takes almost every minute of their day to be a successful cat.
Think about it. Cats make success look effortless. They have their share of haters, sure. But they also have millions of adoring fans, they harness their influential powers, and they walk into every situation like a boss.
Maybe your idea of success isn't to be a cat, but that doesn't mean you can't use these tips from real-life cats to help you pounce on your own life and and business goals:
1. Cat Success Tip #1: Groom Yourself Daily
Being busy is no excuse for being a slob. Assume this will be the day you are mobbed by adoring fans with cell phone cameras.
Don't you at least want smooth fur and a clean face?
Cats know that every day, they are going to meet other beings they want to either impress or intimidate. You can't do either if you are have milk on your whiskers.
2. Cat Success Tip #2 : Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Often
In fact, step outside of other people's comfort zone too. Do things you've never done before...just because. The worst that can happen is getting stuck in a tree.
Maybe you've always slept on the back of the sofa, but now you are wondering if sleeping on the keyboard will change your life. Well, you won't know until you try.
And that thing...that thing that sorta scares you but you are sooo curious about it? Check it out. It might be a really cool thing.
3. Cat Success Tip #3: Don't Take No For An Answer
Just get up in people's personal space and bug them until you get what you want.
If you just want to do your own thing, then do it (as long as it's not breaking any laws that will land you in the pound.)
In people terms, this means not letting people tell you that your dreams, goals or plans won't work.
4. Cat Success Tip #4: Be Unpredictable
It adds to your sense of mystery. It also keeps you from having to stick to boring routines. Shake things up every now and then by suddenly jumping out of your chair and running around in maniacal circles.
Always give the impression that you are all-powerful, and maybe just a little crazy. That you might trip someone on the stairs, or sprinkle fur in their cereal or just give them an affectionate lick for no reason at all.
People will think you are cool, and confidant. And cool and confidant people can usually succeed because even Success is in awe of their mystery powers.
5. Cat Success Tip #5: Give People What They Want
Maybe not so much a dead rodent you found in the yard. But if they want "emotion", provide emotion. If they want to be smarter, make them feel like geniuses.
If they don't know what they want, just give them the dead rodent and convince them it's the very thing that will change their lives for the better. Walk off cool.
6. Cat Success Tip #6: Don't Be So Quick to Apologize
If someone confronts you with some harmless thing you did that they don't like, (a word you used, a typo they found, your style of drawing hands, the shredded curtains), play it cool.
Even if you are terrified you are about to be sent to the pound, just twitch an eyebrow or ear at them and stare them down expectantly.
Your whole body language should say:
"And? Your point is...?"
Rather than jump straight into apologies and explanations, wait until the person can present a good reason for you to stop licking your paws long enough to justify your actions.
After all, you are terribly busy enjoying life...you don't have time to quibble over things that don't really have a grand impact on the universe, do you?
7. Cat Success Tip #7: Wait Patiently...Wait patiently...
Preferably from a dark corner, ready to pounce on your goals at any minute. Don't move too soon. Don't wait too long. Leap when the moment is just right.
Remember...sometimes strategy and the element of surprise are better than being too obvious.
8. Cat Success Tip #8: If You See Something You Want...Pounce
It is yours.
Don't let it walk by. Don't let it crawl under a rock. Pounce on that dream or opportunity.
Then play with it mercilessly for an hour or so before you decide whether to keep it or let it go.
9. Cat Success Tip # 9: Fail With Dignity
If you do mess up, miss your target, or face-plant against a window by accident, act like you did it on purpose.
But not in a "hey, I didn't really screw up" way. More like a "that was totally to see if it would work or not" way.
Walk away cool.
Because instead of saying:
"Well, I can't do it." you should be saying "Now that I know the window is there, I can plan my next attempt better."
Walk away cool and wiser than you were before you jumped.
10. Cat Success Tip #10: Remember, You Have Nine Lives
If you don't like something in your life, change it. You have a few extra chances, so why stick with something you don't like?
Humans, like cats, are adaptable and fluid. You aren't chained to a home, a job, a relationship or any other situation permanently. As long as you are breathing air, you can start over fresh.
It might not be easy. But you are cool and confidant. You will make it work if you want to.
Always Be Curious
There is only one way to find out what works for you.
There is only one way to find out if you will like something.
There is only one way to find stuff to try.
Search for it.
No. Like, really look for it everywhere. Even in empty boxes.
Did you ever notice that cats are not swayed by opinion?
They don't care if something is cheap or expensive, difficult or easy, politically right or socially wrong.
They examine and explore every little thing and every situation form several angles. They learn everything they can about it, then promptly dismiss it and walk away if it's not worth their time.
But they walk away cool.
They don't care if it was a waste of time to look at an empty box.
After all. They've got nine lives to live. And there might have been something amazing in the box.