Are You Going to Be Successful?

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habits of successful people

When talking to folks, you quickly learn that just about everybody wants to be “successful.”  But what does that mean? We all know people that we consider to be successful, and if you were to think about it for a while, you would probably come to the conclusion that these “successful”  people possess some traits and habits that make them the way they are –  and these influence their daily choices and routines.

Recently, I was reminded that those habits and routines start early in life. Building positive habits and setting goals when you are young will most likely stay with you and influence how you live and the choices you make along the way. 

What makes people successful? According to the Life Skills Arise Curriculum, successful people have certain characteristics. 

  1. They have a dream. They have a purpose. They know what they want and are not influenced by the thoughts and opinions of others. 
  2. They have a plan. They understand the steps they will need to take to accomplish their goals. They know they will have to work hard and go the extra mile, but they have a burning desire to succeed. They are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
  3. They have specific knowledge or training. And when they need information, knowledge, or skills and talents that they do not possess, they find someone who does possess them.
  4. They are willing to work hard. They take great satisfaction in finishing a task. They concentrate on their goals and do not get distracted. They work on what is important and do not wait until the last minute. 
  5. They don’t take no for an answer. Successful people go out and do things that others can not do or will not do. They use their skills, talents, and knowledge to the fullest extent possible. They do the things that need to be done, not just the things they like to do.

I challenge you to take a long look in the mirror and compare your habits to the ones listed above. Which ones do you do well? Which ones could use some improvement? Be honest with yourself and make changes where needed.

Dream big, develop realistic plans, get the training you need, work hard, and never give up! I want you to live a successful life!

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