Did you know that studies have actually been done to find out the differences between successful people and those who struggle to find success? Find out about these differences so you can start using them to build upon your own success.
Many people are conditioned to believe that the difference between people who are successful in life and those that aren’t is due to talent or other abilities they were born with. However, recent research indicates that achieving success is mostly based upon what people DO instead of WHO they are.
Based upon that, you can start changing your behavior to mimic the habits of the people who are considered to be successful. The natural result is that your level of success will increase too.
These are some of the main difference that have helped successful people reach that level. Study them and see which steps you can start incorporating into your own life so that your “tomorrow” keeps getting better than “today”.
Be Specific About Your Goals
Success isn’t about setting goals, it’s about setting specific goals.
If your goal is to lose weight, it will be difficult to determine when your goal has been achieved.
If your goal is to lose 10 pounds, you have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish.
Specific goals also provide you with the opportunity to celebrate your success and know that you achieved your goal.
Another benefit of setting specific goals is that it will be easier to put steps into motion to start meeting those goals. A general goal is to get more sleep. A better goal is to be in bed by 10:00 each night. The steps you can take to meet that goal are to get the kids in bed by 8:00, finish work by 9:00 and start getting ready for bed by 9:45.
Seize the Moment
Most people are juggling so many things at once, that it’s difficult to recognize some of the opportunities that arise that will help you reach your goals. This is another case where successful people are different than everyone else. People who struggle to find success sit down at the end of the day and say “I just didn’t have time to return those two phone calls today”.
Really? There weren’t 5 minutes in your day when you could have made those calls? When successful people have a few free moments, they find something useful to do with that time.
Monitor Your Progress
Following the steps that make people successful means you have to monitor your progress. Once you set your specific goals and determine what steps you need to take to make them happen, you need to determine how you will monitor your progress. Some goals should be monitored monthly or weekly while other goals will require looking at your progress each day.
The importance of monitoring your goals is so that you can track your progress and make adjustments. You can make all the plans you want, but reality is that things rarely play out exactly the way you planned them to.
Successful people monitor their progress toward their goals so that adjustments can be made.
Another area that successful people stand out from everyone else is that they truly believe in their ability to meet their goals.
The power of positive thinking should never be underestimated because it does a great deal to keep you motivated and moving forward.
At the same time it is important to be realistic about how difficult it will be for you to achieve your goals. If the goals that you need to set were easy to achieve, you wouldn’t need to keep working on it, right? Most goals that are worthwhile require planning, time and effort to be reached. Successful people understand this, people that struggle to have success tend to believe that setting goals is enough to help them achieve those goals.
Understanding the level of difficulty will help you be prepared for the road ahead and will make you much more likely to actually reach those goals.
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