The Difference in Achieving Success

‘Tis the season for graduations, “best in the class,” inspirational speeches, diplomas, awards -these are all celebrations for achieving success.

A few weeks ago, I attended the Hill School graduation – a personal tradition in which my husband and I hold with deep reverence in honor of our daughter Jodi, class ’03.  The Hill has the reputation of cultivating some of the brightest and best high school students in the country.  Consider that their commencement speaker and Hill alum ’64 was award winning director, producer and screen writer Oliver Stone.  As Hill graduates often matriculate to the most competitive colleges – clearly these graduates define success.

Is an individual’s success attributed to a combination of talent and luck?

What’s the difference?

Research at Harvard Business School discovered that success is attributed to not what successful people do to succeed, but rather what successful people do differently that makes a difference in their success.

Think about your goals.  What do you want to achieve in the next six months?

Nine Strategies to Your New Finish of Success

  1. Get Specific – write down your goal and have a crystal-clear idea of exactly what success will look like.
  2. Seize the Moment to Act on Your Goal – know in advance what you will do, when, and where you will do it.
  3. Know Exactly How Far You have To Go – monitor your progress.
  4. Be a Realistic Optimist – visualize how you will make success happen by overcoming the obstacles.
  5. Focus on Getting Better than Being Good – think about your goal as opportunity, improve rather than prove yourself.
  6. Have Grit – persistence over the long haul is key.
  7. Build Your Will Power Muscle – if you don’t have enough willpower, you can get more using it.
  8. Don’t Tempt Fate – no one has will power all the time, so don’t push your luck.
  9. Focus on What You Will Do, Not on What You Will Not Do – instead of focusing on bad habits, it’s more effective to replace them with better ones.

And, if you want to assess how well you adopt these nine strategies to success – take the 9 Things Diagnostics.

“No one makes it to the Olympics without a coach,” said Rae Chois.

Maybe it’s time you considered the value of a coaching partnership to your success.

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