Much has been researched, written and taught about success.
One thing is absolutely sure; success is different for every
person because success means something different to every
There are, however, secrets the successful practice
regularly, I've listed the top ten here for you.
1. Set Goals. If there is one thing I know with absolute
certainty, it is this, if you don't know where you are
going? you will not get there. It is as simple as that.
Successful people know where there are going, they decide
what they want, they set goals.
2. Write it down. I don't subscribe to the philosophy that
you must write out your goals everyday, however I do believe
that it is critically important to write them out. So many
things float around in our brains from day to day that it
can be hard to focus on what is important. By writing out
your goals and consistently reviewing them, you keep them
fresh in your mind and they become part of your everyday
3. Use a schedule. Use a palm pilot, pen and paper, day-
timer, whatever works best for you but use it. Scheduling
forces you to think about planning and helps you to commit
to getting things done. If you get it on your schedule and
use your schedule regularly you increase your chances for
4. Carry an idea journal. I've just recently started using
my journal everyday. I have found that the more I use it
the more productive I become. It will take what's in your
brain and put it in a safe place. This practice frees your
mind to focus on other things. Most importantly you keep
your ideas handy to review and work on later without losing
5. Learn everyday. Research shows that the most successful
people are lifelong learners. Many of them are voracious
readers. Spend time everyday learning something. Read a
few pages of a book or magazine, skim trade journals and
online newsletters. Learn a new skill or practice one you
don't use often.
6. Plan. You need to set goals, you need to write them out
and once you've done that you need to begin the planning
process. Success comes from careful planning. You must
have a roadmap. It is not enough to know where you are
going, you must also know how you will get there.
7. Execute. A new book from Ram Charan entitled Execute
outlines the importance of execution in business. You must
create a roadmap but it alone will not achieve the goal.
You must execute on your plans, execute the roadmap. Put
yourself into action and measure your progress.
8. Make note of your success. Small steps and incremental
progress are the basis for real success. Each small success
will motivate you to greater successes. Cumulatively, all
those baby steps add up and suddenly you are where you want
to be. Don't discount the small victories they are the
catalyst for bigger successes.
9. Think time. Another well-researched success secret is
that of think time. Successful people make time to stop,
sit and think. It may seem contrary to sit and do nothing
but allowing yourself time to review the day or meeting will
give you incredible insight. What you learn can inspire
change that will lead to greater success.
10. Exercise. Exercise has always been a strategy for the
successful. John Kerry, President Bush, ex-President
Clinton, and Oprah are all runners. Exercise allows your
body better health, more endurance and strengthens your
heart. Combine your exercise with books on tape or CD to
better utilize your time.
The ten secrets outlined above are proven success
strategies. Add one or two to your daily routine to get you
started. As you master those add a few more. Success is a
wonderful thing? it doesn't expire and you can work at your
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