Last Updated: Oct. 15, 2018

Just like you can become happier by doing what happy people do and trying to develop their habits, you can also change your life and way of thinking from negative to positive and start doing what people with goals do.

I’m talking about the determined individuals that grab your attention all the time. They’re productive, confident, purpose-driven, and it doesn’t come as a surprise that they achieve the goals they set.

But what exactly are their traits? What makes them different from the average person who has no ambition and direction in life?

Well, here are their best characteristics and practices that help them get what they want:

1. For them, every day is a chance to get closer to their dreams.

Many people struggle with the daily problems and worries they encounter, and thus never look forward to the next day.

But successful people with goals accept each new day as another opportunity to make the best of it, to become a little better, to improve areas in their life, to work harder, and to move forward.

2. They don’t listen to the naysayers.

People will always have something to judge you on, an action of yours to disagree with and a decision you took to talk about. So let them do it.

If you keep listening to them, your motivation will soon be gone. You will lose the point in doing anything about your life, and will then become one of them – those who talk about other people’s lives.

So do what you think is right, work hard for what you believe in, and surround yourself with positive people with similar goals.

3. They find what works best for them.

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There’s a smarter, faster, easier and simpler way to do anything. You just need to try out different versions and see what’s best for you.

Some people are most productive in the morning, that’s why they should schedule their work tasks for the first part of the day, and arrange meetings and other stuff for later.

Others would perform better if they take 3 days off per week, but work 10-15 hours in the other 4.

Many can focus for 60-90 minutes on one task, and will then need a short break before they move onto another.

Stuff like that can save you a lot of time and unnecessary efforts in the future. So don’t underestimate the power of systems.

4. They have daily action steps.

Take some time to define your goals and break them down into specific tasks. Then make them even tinier and easier.

This way you’ll have things to do at any moment that take no time but which get you closer to your goals.

5. They don’t let distractions get in their way.

By distractions I mean people and notifications constantly interrupting you while you work, friends making you a part of their problems, unimportant tasks on your to-do list, constantly checking email and social networks and engaging in meaningless conversations, etc.

Successful people let all that go. They 80/20 their life and focus on the essential.

Because only 20% of what you do usually helps you achieve 80% of your goals. And if you get rid of the other 80, you can get more done, move forward faster and improve yourself in many areas at the same time.

6. They hustle. And they love it.

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To fall in love with what you do is a great thing. It helps you work many hours every day without feeling overwhelmed.

You’re free as a bird but you still choose to spend most of your time working on your most important tasks.

That’s how passionate people move forward in their life. That’s how big goals are achieved.

7. They have a vision.

People with goals have a purpose, a direction in life, and because they visualize the end result in details, they can follow their path even in dark times.

8. They get up early.

Such people have a reason to get up.

It’s not easy to get out of bed early in the morning when you’ll just have to be in a hurry so that you can make it on time to the office.
And once you’re there – to do tasks and complete projects for someone else (which is far from what you really want in life) and spend the whole day with people you have nothing in common with.

But when you have objectives, when you know you can wake up earlier and work on something important to you that will eventually free you from this lifestyle, you’re much more likely to get up at 5 and hustle.

These are the most important traits of people who set and achieve goals that make them stand out in the crowd.

And these are the things you can start working on if you want to get further and be like them and avoid some common goal-setting mistakes.

Successful mindset, good habits, and consistency is what can give you the life you’re dreaming about.

Don’t let it slip away.