The article starts with a question, about why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren't sure, you are notthe only one. It turns out that even brilliant people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. In fact, decades of research suggests that successful people reachtheir goals because of what they do.
1. Get specific: When you set yourself a goal, try to be as specific as possible. "Lose 5 pounds" is a better goal than "lose some weight," because it gives you aclear idea of what success looks like.
2. Seize the moment to act on your goals: Given how busy most of us are, and how many goals we are juggling at once, it's not surprising that weroutinely miss opportunities to act on a goal.
3. Know exactly how far you have left to go: Check your progress frequently. Weekly or even daily, depending on the goal.
4. Be a realisticOptimistic: Believing in your ability to succeed is enormously helpful for creating and sustaining your motivation. But whatever you do, don't underestimate how difficult it will be to reach your goal.5. Focus on getting better, rather than being good: Embracing the fact that you can change will allow you to make better choices, and reach your fullest potential.
6. Have grit: Grit is awillingness to commit to long-term goals, and to persist in the face of difficulty.
7. Build your willpower muscle: Your self-control "muscle" is just like the other muscles in your body, when itdoesn't get much exercise, it becomes weaker over time. To build willpower, take on a challenge that requires you to do something you'd honestly rather not do.
8. Focus on what you will do, notwhat you won't do: If you want to change your ways, ask yourself, What will I do instead? Then plan how you will replace bad habits with good ones, rather than focusing only on the bad habits themselves.