How to model yourself on successful people

Successful people have three things in common: they know where they are now; they know where they want to be; and they move further along the connecting path each day. Their actions become the key determinants of their success. The accumulated messages of their biographies and autobiographies provide added insights into their personal qualities, offering models for you to emulate as you set and chart your own path. Here are those qualities and the actions required...

1. Know where you’re going.

Knowing where you’re going is part of the success story. Although your vision will encounter setbacks (we’re told envisaged futures usually have less than a 70 per cent chance of being achieved), visions help to transform possibilities into realities. As the saying goes, ‘If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll finish up somewhere else.’

2. Believe in yourself.

Successful people believe in themselves, confident in the knowledge that they can achieve. Their actions illustrate that belief and provide freedom and power. They let nothing limit their potential. Positive affirmations can be effective means of reinforcing that belief.

3. Be open to opportunities.

Your openness to opportunities will ensure a continuing flow of them. Do not let negative thoughts and inaction limiti your potential to achieve. Some success stories reveal such an abundance of opportunities that choosing which ones to pursue is most difficult. Spreading yourself and your resources too thinly must be avoided.

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