Many people will tell you the secret to career success is a good education, good connections, and good work experience.
While those things are all helpful, there are other keys to success that are not dependent on the college you attended or to whom you are related.
The Most Profound Words of Wisdom
Chuck Swindoll is a Christian pastor, author, educator and radio preacher. Consider his powerful words on this subject:
Want to be a success? Here are the real secrets you need to know.
Choose Your Attitude
What attitude will you have today? Which characteristics need to shine through?
Will you be aggressive, tenacious, and determined because you have an important job to do? Will you be compassionate, thoughtful and empathetic as you partner with a new teammate?
Choose which attitude services you best for the upcoming tasks at hand.
Always Be Positive
Regardless of characteristics you must exhibit in any given situation, they must always be used through the lens of a positive and optimistic outlook.
More than being Little Miss Sunshine, a positive outlook can affect your success in ways you may not have considered.
No one ever became a success on the virtue of their positive thoughts alone, but the majority of entrepreneurs who achieved greatness had a positive outlook on their life. Even when circumstances looked grim, the professional who believed that things would ultimately work out was more successful than the counterpart who saw only doom and gloom.
A positive attitude can reduce stress, improve your mental and physical health, and help you reach your maximum potential. Practice being positive today and see the difference this little trick can make.
Check Your Habits
Over time, you develop a routine that becomes part of who you are; habits become ingrained. You might be unaware of their presence in your life or of their power over you.
Your habits can be indicators of what kind of person you will become in the future, so it is important to recognize these traits.
A consistent pattern of bad behavior will lead to unpleasant results. Continual tardiness may lead to problems at work; overeating could cause health problems; and a bad temper might ruin relationships.
Conversely, good habits lead to successful living. Developing a habit of being courteous leads to increased relationships; being early to work shows initiative; and exercising regularly improves both mental and physical health.
Evaluate your habits and break any that aren’t leading you to success.
It has been said that without a goal, you’ll never get anywhere.
To be successful, set measurable, specific goals for yourself and track your progress. It is important to set both short and long term goals; the short term goals act as checkpoints along the way to your larger goal and increase the likelihood of success.
Many people use the SMART system of goal setting, ensuring each goal is: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-specific.
While having a goal to be successful is good, it is important to specify about what success looks like and how you’ll know when you’ve achieved it.
Make a Plan
Once your goals are in place, you need to make a plan for success.
If your goal is to increase your profit margin by 20%, you need an action plan to help you get there. What specific steps will you take to reach that milestone?
Create a list of tasks to accomplish, a set of strategies you’re going to use or the list of prerequisites needed to move forward. By having a detailed plan you are making it more likely that you’ll reach your goals.
Ready to move toward success? Put these simple steps into practice to maximize your potential and help you move past the obstacles that you’ll encounter.