In an article for the Harvard Business Review, Heidi Grant Halvorson writes:
Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer — that you are born predisposed to certain talents and lacking in others — is really just one small piece of the puzzle. In fact, decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.
The details of each item can be found here: Harvard Business Review. I didn’t exerpt the entire article, because I don’t copy and paste people’s work. The nine items listed are as follows:
1. Get specific
My response: I’ve assumed that goals I’ve accomplished didn’t require specificity. Yet, now that I think of it, when I was specific (even down to the date of achievement) I got what I wanted. So I will go back to my list(s) and include details.
2. Seize the moment to act on your goals
My response: That is so correct. The years can fly by, especially in my case, when one doesn’t jump on the ball. Even acting on it a few minutes a day gets the goal(s) accomplished.
3. Know exactly how far you have left to go
My response: This is a great project management point: Where am I in achieving this goal(s)?
4. Be a realistic optimistic
My response: So I cannot be a billionaire and master of all domains? Dang. I’ll take off a few zeroes, that should do the trick. 🙂
5. Focus on getting better, rather than being good
My response: I don’t see myself as a perfectionist. Yet I do get into that mindset of “it has to be much much better than this” and as a result nothing will get started or finished.
6. Have grit
My response: I’m a wimp sometimes. Gotta work on that. 🙂
7. Build your willpower muscle
My response: Still wimpy.
8. Don’t tempt fate
My response: No! But I’m different! I’m not like everyone else. I’m special! The rules of reality don’t apply to me. 🙂
9. Focus on what you will do, not what you won’t do
My response: That is perfect. I think a lot of us spend too much time and mental energy on what (or who) we don’t like. I think the hardest thing to do is keep your mind engaged on the positive. Focusing too much on the negative drains your energy, drains your spirit, and then nothing gets done.
Harvard Business Review: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/02/nine_things_successful_people.html
It’s coming! Time to clean out the cobwebs from our mental and emotional closets! 🙂