Successful life stories are abundant all around us and across the internet – but what is the story behind them? Committing to personal goals and staying true to your ideals can be difficult in today’s age. Let’s take a look at the fundamental laws of success that can change your life for good should you let them.

1. Face the problems

Dealing with your problems head-on is the best way to avoid disappointment or regret. Whether it’s bad grades, a toxic relationship or a gambling problem – all of them can be solved by confronting them. Do yourself a favor and act without thinking and your problems will fade into the background.

2. Be objective, not subjective

While it is important to have a personal opinion on anything around you, you should also keep a cool head in doing so. Everyone has a story to tell about why they are the way they are, and the same goes for anything in life. From foods to accessories, across TV and movies, you will always find things that you “hate”. Let go of that feeling and ask yourself why something is the way it is.

3. Set achievable goals

We all like to shoot for the stars. However, not all of us have the ability to reach them. Whether monetary issues are involved or something else entirely, it’s important to keep your dreams and future plans grounded in reality. Setting achievable goals will make it far more likely for you to succeed in seeing them through.

4. Maintain your health

Getting a good night’s sleep and eating properly is just as important as being ambitious. Sleep for good eight hours each day and stay away from snacks or fatty foods – you will feel more energetic and ready for new challenges as a result.

5. Read – a lot

People who read are often more insightful and informed about the world around them. Do yourself a favor and ingest words in any shape or form anytime you have a chance. Whether it’s a sci-fi novel or a magazine doesn’t matter as long as you like the subject matter in question.

6. Practice your creativity

Creativity is the most important part of living a successful life. Give yourself some time to sketch, assemble puzzles or play some videogames once in a while. Don’t let that inner child starve and do yourself a favor of letting your imagination work for you.

7. Be independent

Relying on others is important, but you should also know how to handle things by yourself. Being independent from others is the best thing you can do for yourself and your future success. Keep a teamwork mindset on standby, but always be prepared to take things into your own hands.

8. Eliminate distractions

Smartphones, TV screens and social media notifications are the bane of success. Eliminate any distractions while you are working and only give yourself the pleasure of checking up on them after you are done. Time consuming delights are without end, so make sure to always leave them for after work.

9. Be nice to others

While you don’t necessarily need to believe in karma, it’s a good idea to be polite and respectful to others no matter what. Some people might rub you the wrong way and you may not like their company. Be the bigger person and smile, all while being nice to people because you don’t need the negativity in your life.

10. You and you first

Put yourself before anyone else and you will be as successful as you can be. People will often ask for favors, hangouts, coffee dates or something else entirely. Balance your social life with the obligations and goals you have set. If you are serious about changing your life for the better, be your own first priority and let everything else come second.