April 16, 2011 | Brenda Clemons, online education | Leave a comment It doesn’t matter who we are, where we come from, or what our beliefs are; the one thing that we all have in common is the desire to be successful in our endeavors. What makes one person successful and another not so successful? What is it that drives the successful person? Here, we have some habits of highly successful people. Passion First, successful people are passionate people. They know themselves well enough to know what motivates them and what makes them happiest. They have the courage to go after what they want and they believe that they can get it. They set goals and stick with them. Once you know what it is you want, you must think about what steps are needed in order to achieve that goal. Do you need an education or more experience? Research what it is that you need and then make a plan of action. It helps to put a time limit on your goals. Refer back to your goals on a regular basis and see how you are doing at achieving them. Do not be frustrated if you fall behind in achieving your goals; think of it as an opportunity to reevaluate your plan of action. Visualization Successful people use the power of visualization. Use your mind to see yourself achieving your goals. It may be helpful to see yourself taking small steps which will lead up to the achievement of the big goal. Some people may be inclined to use prayer instead of visualization. This is fine but be sure to pray as if you have already achieved your goal. Never say, “I want,” because this plays on the subconscious that there is a need to be fulfilled and not a goal to be achieved. Balance Successful people are balanced. They make goals not just for career advancement, but for health, family and spirituality. It is easy to get off track and put business before the others, but remember that this brings you out of balance, resulting in stress building up in other areas of your life. The trick here is to know that one is not more important than the other. They create mission statements for all areas of their life. A good mission statement will include what it is you want to receive and give in all areas of your life. For example, a mission statement may say that you have a goal for a promotion at work, time to self each day, and time with children each day. It is easy to focus all on work, but remember that you have failed at your mission statement if you lose track of self and family. Time Managers Finally, successful people are good at time management. This is the key to meeting all of your goals. Make a daily schedule and stick with it, no matter how tempting it is to put one goal before another. Allow yourself to work on your goal in the amount of time you had allotted and then move on to the next goal without feeling guilty. Add some balance to your life by going back to school for that degree you have always wanted!