“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” Brian Tracy
- Assess and Adjust
Every day things can happen that can thwart the plans for the day. Successful people don’t focus on the frustrations that occur every day. They assess and adjust.
- What is the new situation?
- How practical is it to continue to with the current plan?
- What adjustments can they make to have a successful day?
- Act Once
Some projects need extra effort and attention. Sometimes completing the project is frustrating, boring, or even annoying. It is easy to take up a distraction. To stop and talk with a co-worker. Sneak in a little social media time. Successful people get things done. They focus and finish the job.
And they only act once. When they are working on projects, they complete one list item, then complete the next list item, and then complete the next list item.
They act once. They don’t read the same email three times. They don’t reread the items on their calendar time and again throughout the day. They act once to do whatever is on the list for the day.
- Own Their Mistakes
Conflicts arise for everyone. Blaming other people may make a person feel better but it does nothing to correct mistakes and make things better. Successful people own their mistakes.
- Become Leaders
Some people think about how great it would be if things changed or projects got off the ground. Some of these people talk about how great it would be if things were different or some things really happened.
Successful people don’t wonder how things can change or how projects can get started. They make changes. They start projects. They take leadership and get things done.
- Make Appointments
Successful people make appointments and write them into their calendar. They trust their memory, but they manage their commitments with a calendar.
Successful people have a place for everything. They organize their tools and equipment by categories. Saws and hammers go above the workbench. Paper clips go in the top right drawer of their desk. They keep things in those places. They do not waste time looking for the things they use once or twice a year. They know where to find those things when they need them. They return those things to the correct place once they have used them.
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