41igIe-RDxL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX240_SY320_CR,0,0,240,320_SH20_OU01_I am happy to finish the second part of this post as I am excited about the great information that was presented in Heidi Grant Halvorson‘s book Nine Things Successful People Do Differently.  If you did not get a chance to read Part 1 of this post you can find it here.

Here are the other 4 points highlighted in this book.

6.  Have Grit

“Grit is the willingness to commit to long-term goals and to persist in the face of difficulty.”  In order for us to make changes or to work towards goals that might seem difficult to reach, we have to be committed to the task.  “Grit is all about not giving up in the face of difficulty, even when you’re tired or discouraged or just plain bored.”

7. Build Your Willpower Muscle

This requires us to really work our self-control and ability to resist temptations.  “To build willpower, take on a challenge that requires you to do something you’d honestly rather not do.”

8. Don’t Tempt Fate

It is important to not underestimate your potential.  Also, it is important not to make your task more complicated than necessary.  Resist the temptation to take on too much at one time, remember you don’t want to be overwhelmed.  “Resisting temptation is a key part of successfully reaching just about any goal.  What we want to do is often the very opposite of what we want to do in order to achieve our goals.”

9. Focus on What You Will Do, Not What You Won’t Do

Stay focused, stay realistic, create a plan of action.  “Too often people concentrate all their efforts on what they want to stop doing and fail to consider how they will fill the void.”

I will end with some encouraging words from Halvorson, “Successful people set very specific goals and seize opportunities to act on them.  They always know how far they have to go and stay focused on what still needs to be done.”  I hope that this post and the previous one would help you to feel more motivated towards your goals.

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    Last reviewed: 12 May 2013

APA Reference
Callender, K. (2013). Are You Doing Things Differently? Part 2. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/lessons/2013/05/are-you-doing-things-differently-part-2/

 

 

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