8 Traits of People Who Set and Achieve Goals 125

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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 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.

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 a list of 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.

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.

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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.

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

Don’t let it slip away.

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

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As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.