Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

Found this great post at The Harvard Business Review Blog. Get the full article here.

Here are the 9 things successful people do differently. It a good list for you to evaluate both other people and yourself.

I summarize very briefly below, but you have to go to the original article to real the full thing.

  1. Get Specific
    Be honest and regularly measure progress
  2. Seize the moment to act on your goals
    Be specific. Pick an exact time.
  3. Know exactly how far you have left to go
    Honest and regular monitoring of progress
  4. Be a realistic optimist
    Believe, really believe that you will be successful
  5. Focus on getting better, rather than being good
    Most think abilities are fixed, but the research shows otherwise. The brain is a muscle. It needs exercise and training.
  6. Have grit
    Gritty people don’t give in to failure.
  7. Build your willpower muscle
    Push yourself to do things you would not normally do.
  8. Don’t tempt fate
    Stay focused and don’t try to achieve multiple goals at once.
  9. Focus on what you will do and not what you won’t do
    Focus on good habits you want to achieve rather than bad habits (e.g. smoking) that you want to give up.

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. is a motivational psychologist, and author of the new book Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals (Hudson Street Press, 2011). She is also an expert blogger on motivation and leadership for Fast Company and Psychology Today. Her personal blog, The Science of Success, can be found at Follow her on Twitter @hghalvorson

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