What makes people successful.
We all know people who seem to have a "golden touch". It's as though whatever they decided to do becomes a success. The question is, why is it that they achieve all their goals when others don't? How did they manage to find the job of their dreams while others are struggling to just find any sort of job? Where they born under a lucky star? Do they just have more talent that anyone else?
The answer is that successful people reach their goals not because they are better or brighter or luckier than anyone else. They reach them because of the way they approach problems. Here are 4 things successful people do differently.
Set specific goals - It's not enough to just set a goal, you have to get really specific about it. Having a clear goal makes it easy to know what success looks like. For example, making a goal to "get healthy" isn't as clearly definied as a goal to go to the gym three times a week. To be successful, make a goal that is specific and has a clear measurement of success.
Do it now - Successful people make it a point to follow through on their goals. Don't let yourself slack off or make excuses to avoid doing what you know you need to. When you follow the first step and set a clear goal, you'll know exactly what you need to do and how often, making it more difficult to wiggle out of later. Vague goals are easy to put off and not really work on.
Be realistic - Any goal worth achieving is going to be hard. If it wasn't hard, you wouldn't have to work at it. Be optimistic about your goals but also be realistic about how much work it will be.
Focus on what you want not what you don't want - When you set your goal, make it for something positive. By focusing on the things you don't want to do or outcomes you don't want, you only reinforce them. If you're trying to change a bad habit, think about what you will do instead.
Being successful means making a choice to do the things necessary to achieve your goals. Changing the way you set your goals will improve your odds of success.
What do you think about these tips? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
By Melissa Kennedy- Melissa is a 9 year blog veteran and a freelance writer for Administrativejobsblog and Beyond.com. Along with helping others find the job of their dreams, she enjoys computer geekery, raising a teenager, supporting her local library, writing about herself in the third person and working on her next novel.