Nine Things to Do to Become More Effective

July 12, 2011

Highly effective or “successful” people tend to do some things differently.

Heidi Halverson has documented nine things that these people do differently in an article and makes the statement that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.”

Get specific.  “Lose 5 pounds” is a better than “lose some weight,” “. . . saying I will be in bed by 10:00 pm every weeknight is better than saying I will get more sleep.”

Seize the moment to act on your goals. “. . . we routinely miss opportunities to act on a goal because we simply fail to notice them.”

Know exactly how far you have left to go. Achieving any goal also requires honest and regular monitoring of your progress

Be a realistic optimist. “. . . whatever you do, don’t underestimate how difficult it will be to reach your goal.”

Focus on getting better, rather than being good.  Embrace the fact that you can change.

Have grit. Grit is a willingness to commit to long-term goals, and to persist in the face of difficulty.

Build your willpower muscle.

Don’t tempt fate. Remember that willpower is a limited resource.

Focus on what you will do, not what you won’t do

It’s a good article and worth reading in its entirety.

Peace & Grace to you,
BG