There are so many books about the habits of successful people or ways to influence people. If you went to any book store and browsed around the self help section, you might think that all you need to do to stay motivated and reach your goals is to read a couple of books.
The thing is, no one ever reached their goals by just reading books. When you look at the most successful people, the ones who really had to work for their successes, there are some things they all have in common. Staying motivated and doing the work is the main part, but keeping at it, day after day without giving up has a large part to do with the eventual success as well.
Here are 5 things that successful people do to reach their goals.
They didn't accept excuses - At one time or the other, we will all feel mistreated, overlooked and passed over for opportunities. It happens to the best of us, even the most successful ones. The big difference is in how you look at it. If you use these setbacks as an excuse, you won't get much further. Instead, if you put them behind you or use them as motivation, you'll keep on going.
They found a reason for their motivation - Motivation is tricky and it has to be something deeper than just material rewards. When you have a goal, you have to think about why you want to achieve it. Getting a promotion just so that you can make more money is nice, but the income increase alone isn't enough to keep you motivated. Instead, think about the deeper reasons and let it fuel your hunger.
They worked hard for it - Sometimes reaching your goals means going outside of your comfort zone and putting in some hard work. Don't be afraid to work hard for it, because you can't expect to get to where you want to be without having to do something different. No matter how many books you read on the subject, you will still have to work hard for your success.
They held on to their principles - Knowing who you are and what you want is important. What are your principles? Decide what they are and write them down as a sort of "mission statement". Use these principles to make your decisions and you can't go wrong. For example, if family closeness is your principle, you won't have trouble turning down an opportunity that would keep you away from your family for long periods of time. The main thing here is to know what's important to you.
They kept at it - It's not enough to have a plan, you have to stick with it, even in the face of setbacks. Not everyday is going to be smooth sailing. There will be times when you think it can't get worse, when you feel like a failure and you're ready to throw your hands up. Working through these times is what separates the people who achieve their goals from the ones who don't.
What do you do to stay motivated and reach your goals? Please share your thoughts in the comments.