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12 Ways Successful People Are Different Than Unsuccessful People. (Part 2)

Continued…

7.  Successful people keep it simple.

In today’s world, where information constantly moves at the speed of light and opportunities for innovation seem endless, we are faced with an abundance of choices when it comes to designing our lives and careers.  But sadly, an abundance of choice often leads to complication, confusion and a lack of action.

Several business and marketing studies have shown that the more product choices a consumer is faced with, the fewer products they purchase.  After all, narrowing down the best product from a group of three choices is certainly a lot easier than narrowing down the best product from three hundred choices. 

If the purchasing decision is tough, most people will just give up.  Likewise, if you complicate your life by overwhelming yourself with too many choices, your subconscious mind will retreat.

The answer is to simplify things in your life.  If you’re selling a product line, keep it simple.  And if you’re trying to make a decision about something in your life, don’t waste all your time evaluating every last detail of every possible option. 

Choose something that you think will work and try it.  If it doesn’t work out, learn what you can from the experience, choose something else and keep moving forward.

8.  They focus their time and efforts on making small, nonstop improvements.

Making small, positive changes such as eating a little healthier, exercising a little more, and creating some small productive habits is an amazing way to get re-energized about life and slowly reach the level of success you aspire to.

And if you start small, you don’t need a lot of motivation to get started.  The simple act of getting started and doing something will give you the momentum you need, and soon you’ll find yourself in a positive spiral of changes – one building on the other.

As your strength grows, you can take on bigger challenges.

9.  They measure and track their progress in all areas of their lives.

Successful people are not only working in their job/business, they are also working on it.  They step back and assess their progress regularly.  They track themselves against their goals and clearly know what needs to be done to excel and accelerate.

You can’t control what you don’t properly measure. 

If you track the wrong things you won’t recognize potential opportunities as they come up.  The correct approach is to identify your number one goal and then track the things that directly relate to reaching that goal.  I recommend that you take some time right now to identify your number one goal, identify the most important things for you to keep track of, and then begin tracking them immediately. 

On a weekly basis, plug the information into a spreadsheet and use the data to create weekly or monthly trend graphs so you can visualize your progress.  Then fine-tune your actions to get those trends to increase in your favor.

10.  They maintain a positive outlook while learning from their mistakes.

Successful people concentrate on the positives by looking for the silver lining in every situation.  They know that it is their positive approach to life that will lead them to greatness.  If you want to be successful, you need to have a positive outlook toward life.

Life will test you again and again.  If you give in to inner negativity, you will never be able to achieve your goals.

Remember, every mistake you make is an opportunity to learn a valuable lesson.  Every time you make one, you’re one step closer to your goal.  The only mistake that can truly hurt you is choosing to do nothing because you’re too scared to make a mistake.

So don’t hesitate – don’t doubt yourself!  Don’t let your own negativity sabotage you.  Learn what you can and press forward.

11.  They spend their time with the right people.

Successful people associate with others who are like minded, focused, and supportive.  They socialize with people who generate energy when they enter the room instead of those who create energy when they leave.  They reach out to influential individuals who match their dreams and goals.

You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with.  If you spend time with the wrong people, they will negatively affect you.  But if you spend time with the right people, you will become far more capable and successful than you ever could have been alone. 

12.  They maintain proper balance in their life.

If you ask most people to summarize what they want out of life they’ll shout out a list of things like: ‘fall in love,’ ‘make money,’ ‘spend time with family,’ ‘find happiness,’ ‘achieve goals,’ etc.  But sadly, a lot of people don’t balance their life properly to achieve these things.  They’ll typically achieve a couple of them while completely neglecting the rest.