We know if we want to achieve something we have to do something. But maybe the actions you take aren’t getting you the results you want. Here are seven things you should start doing for yourself today, because they will give you the success you want.
Start taking ownership. Most people make excuses or blame others when things aren’t working. But true success happens when you start to take responsibility and stop making excuses, when you start to be accountable and stop blaming others, when you say “If it’s going to happen, it will happen because I made it happen.” Make an effort to stop making excuses. Excuses will always be there for you, but opportunities won’t.
Start being more focused. If you want to succeed, stop being distracted by everything around you and become more focused in what you want to achieve. Embrace tunnel vision to see what you have to do and get it done. When you focus on what you want everything else falls away, so concentrate on what you want to do and don’t doubt yourself. Focus means following one course until you are successful. Stop getting distracted by the things that nothing to do with your goals.
Start fighting for what you want. Some people succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they fight for what they want. To achieve something significant, you have to be fearless in pursuit of what you want to achieve even if nobody believes in what you are doing. Do what it takes to make it happen; you have to be determined and have tenacity. The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination, so don’t be afraid to give yourself everything you ever wanted in life.
Start engaging with people you admire. The people you admire and look up to in your life can be a great resource for learning and motivation. Reaching out to successful people you respect is a wise career strategy. Start hanging out with people who are dependable and reliable, and build relationships with people you can admire, respect, and trust, people whose words match their actions and deeds. One of the best ways to get ahead is to find out from others how they got there. Finally, remember to express your gratitude. I don’t think people take enough time to tell people who inspire them what an impact they’ve made on their lives.
Start being more disciplined. Discipline gives us the freedom to put all our focus on achieving our goals. But it becomes increasingly harder to be disciplined in a world that’s filled with constant distraction and focused on instant gratification. Sometimes our long-term goals seem to get put off and not made important, but discipline means making a choice between what you want now and what you want most. Anyone who ever made anything important was disciplined.
Start making happiness a priority. What is important to you must be made into a priority. Don’t waste another second on the things that drain your energy or make you feel fatigued, but start noticing what makes you feel happiest and work hard on achieving it. Whatever you do, make sure it makes you happy. Sometimes the things we are most afraid of are the things that make us the happiest. Become engaged in the pursuit of happiness.
Start being grateful. Gratitude is one of the most useful emotions you can feel. It elevates your mood and fills you with happiness. If you are going to be successful at this thing called life, you have to start being grateful for the things that happen in your life. No matter how good or bad you have it, start making it a practice to be grateful. We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. Life isn’t about having what we want; never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.
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THE LEADERSHIP GAP
What Gets Between You and Your Greatness
After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.