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The 10 Traits You Must Cultivate To Achieve Highly Ambitious Goals

First comes the desire for success, then comes the hard work of molding yourself into the person who has what is required to succeed.

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Success is something all of us desire and strive for. But if success came easily we would all be succeeding at the same levels. The elusive quality of success makes the striving for it so special.

 Ultimately, success has proven to be exclusive to only a handful of people. Those people are the ones’ who did extraordinary things in their lives to get them where they are today.

Success did not come to them because they were lucky or because it was handed to them. They possess the pure ambition necessary to achieve the success they have gained.

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1. Be willing to sacrifice

Without hard work and the willingness to grind it out, you will not achieve your desired level of success. You must follow the basic science of success; your input will equal your output.

Be willing to put your heart and soul into executing yourself without any wish for a lucky break. Earn your lucky breaks and never expect them. You cannot depend on luck.

Be willing to eat, sleep and drink your passions in such a manner that your hard work doesn’t feel like hard work.

Expect the utmost from yourself. When you are focused nothing can stop you.

2. Be curious and eager to learn

The majority of people stubbornly believe they have all the information they need. This narrow-minded focus blocks you from reaching your full potential. To be radically successful, explore and learn new things each day.

Be curious about problems, not defeated by them. Ask questions to get new information. Read, go to seminars and hire a business coach.

Knowledge is the foundation of success. To succeed you must always thirst for more information, education and learning. The more you know, the easier your work becomes.

Apply all of your newfound knowledge by transmuting it into skill. In this way you are able to take full advantage of what you have learned.

3. Build solid connections

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Your network of connections is synonymous with your net worth. You do not need to be loud, arrogant or attention seeking to get ahead. The successful elite prefer to work quietly and let their success do the talking.

You must constantly be networking with others with a sense of class, intelligence and maturity. Exchange information, talk about ideas and events and always know people’s first names.

Build a Rolodex full of people who value your friendship, your ideas, passions and who will return your calls. In today’s world, it is all about the people you know and how you can help each other get where you want to be.

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4. Be passionate about personal growth

The ambitious are never comfortable with where their life is. They are hungry to see where their life could be. You must become this type of person.

Be in the continual process of examining and improving upon yourself, your life, your mind, your heart, your health and how well you utilise your time.

Continually work to expand your personality, leadership skills, management skills as well as every other detail of your life. You must not tolerate personal flaws; strive to improve upon them.

5. Be creative

There is a great saying, “those who run with the crowd often get lost in it.” The ambitious do not run with the crowd. Be passionate about questioning the status quo. Explore thoughts and ideas that are out-of-the-box.

Risk failure and face rejection. Success often comes from going against the norm. Doing again what has already been done will never amount to anything great.

The ambitious have creative minds which never stop. You must always ask “why not?” When you’re creative you see possibility where others see a dead end.

You wake up in the middle of the night because you had a light bulb moment and are compelled to get it down on paper to review and explore in your next day. When you have a creative mind like this you have the potential to change the world.

6. Be self-sufficient and responsible

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When you are filled with ambition, there is no room for excuse-making or to trying to shift blame or responsibility for your challenges onto others. If you are not succeeding, humble yourself and take note that you are the common denominator operating in all of your experiences. All change begins and ends with you.

To be the type of success you want to be, use your ambition to take full accountability for your current circumstances. Get creative and solution oriented. Change what you’re doing, and depend heavily upon yourself to get stuff done.

Refuse to get stuck or stay stuck. Make decisions and move on. You must take 100 percent responsibility for achieving your success. Take the initiative to always ensure you are headed in the directions you see yourself as destined to go.

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7. Keep perspective

No matter the stress or turmoil you experience each day, harness your ambition and stay in balance. Learn to relax and breathe easy. When you can keep perspective, you breathe easier. Slow down to focus on solutions, not problems.

This allows you to ask the right questions and make sound decisions, even when challenged. Allowing your emotions to hijack you is when things begin to go downhill. Life and business are an obstacle course of challenges.

 To be successful you have to be a good problem solver and not dwell on any one particular challenge. Your ambition requires constant movement.

8. “Now” is the time

“Now” is the only time you have that is directly under your own authority. Give your ambition to what is in front of you. Do not waste time worrying about what has already been done.

Utilise every minute of this current moment to maximise your potential and your success.

The past is the past, you must choose to learn from it and apply that learning to the current moment, so as to avoid repeating the same mistakes. Your future depends upon what you are putting into action right now.

9. Respond promptly

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With the advances in technology, what you want is always at the tip of your fingers. Be the first and quickest to respond to all opportunities which come your way. Grab ahold of all of them. Avoid allowing things to linger on, or to take too much time in responding back to potential opportunities.

You do not what your competitors to steal an opportunity from you because of a late response on your part. Time is everything, so use your ambition to provoke prompt responses.

10. Never quit

Love the challenge. When business gets hard, dig deep. The fearful walk away when the challenge gets too tough, but the ambitious see challenge as an opportunity to stretch their minds, skills and knowledge.

You must understand that if success were easy it would come to everyone without effort. You must be willing to sacrifice all outdated beliefs you have in order to surpass your current challenge. Make it your goal to always come out on top.

Most successful people in this world started from the bottom and used their deeply felt ambition to drive them to the top.

The only time luck plays a role is when you are in the right place at the right time, but it’s up to you to get yourself where you are headed, regardless. Being successful is all about how badly you want it and how much you’re willing to work for it – it’s about the ambition you possess to help get you there.

This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

Sherrie Campbell is a psychologist in Yorba Linda, Calif., with two decades of clinical training and experience in providing counseling and psychotherapy services. She is the author of Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person.

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What You Put In Is What You Get Out – Create Your Own Success

The secret to curating a successful life starts with what you put in.

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You are what you eat, the saying goes. Your physical and even mental health are highly dependent on what you eat (or consume) daily. There are four fundamental factors of a system:  Input, boundaries, purpose and output. All systems are mostly defined by the combination of these four factors.

A professional athlete will be very diligent about what they consume in order to achieve the best possible outcome, and sprinters will have different guides and regimes to marathon runners. Essentially, high performing athletes curate their input, or design their own lives, to produce a favourable output.

The same is true of the high-performance entrepreneur — they too should be curating their input, not just in terms of what they consume through their mouths but more importantly, what they consume with their ears and eyes.

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A few years ago, I began to recognise that even though I might wake up in a good space in the morning, by 10am I would be feeling negative regardless of my daily practices. I had already established the discipline of recording and recognising my successes daily, as well as repeating daily affirmations and visualisations, yet within a few hours of starting my day, I found myself in a negative space.

I couldn’t figure out what was causing this; but after some analysis I realised that my daily routine included listening to talk radio on the way to work, catching up with the news on Twitter before my first meeting, and reading the morning paper which was neatly laid out on my desk. It quickly became clear that my negativity could be attributed to my over-consumption of bad news.

Each communication platform — from Twitter to the radio — has the power to depress anyone who consumes its news, but the combination of all three was toxic to me. It affected my mood, concentration and, invariably, my output. In a single decision, I eliminated these three platforms from my daily ‘diet’ and instead curated a different morning experience to see whether it would change the output. Instead of the radio, I decided to listen to either music or an audiobook; instead of Twitter, I decided to call a friend; and I didn’t renew my newspaper subscription.

The results were instantaneous. This experiment set me on a mission to see what else I could deliberately curate and design, so I began to strategically design my life to inform the successful and positive output that I desired. I subscribed to online newsletters that were informative and thought-provoking, such as Brain Food by Shane Parish; I cajoled my management team to begin listening to audiobooks at the same time that I was doing so to ensure that we included positive discussions in our bi-monthly meetings; and I ensured that there were always three litres of water in my immediate surrounds to encourage a healthier lifestyle.

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In case you haven’t experienced the lightbulb moment yet, the simple explanation is this: All systems have inputs and outputs, and the quality of the input results in the quality of the output.

If you see yourself as the curator of your input and as the architect of your environment, you can start to create the inputs, set the boundaries and define purposes to result in the output that commands entrepreneurial success.

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If something really affects the quality of your life — whether it’s your attitude, your mood or the clarity of your thought processes — it’s time to relook the design and start to curate an environment that is conducive to your success.

And, if you’re concerned about missing out on what’s happening, always remember that, if a news report or update has a direct impact on your life, the chances are high that you will hear it through your friends and family.

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Follow These 8 Steps To Stay Focused And Reach Your Goals

Decrease the amount of noise in your head.

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Accomplishing a goal can be hard work. But even if a project is something you are passionate about and want to complete, distractions such as social media, doubts and other tasks can make it nearly impossible to concentrate on it. Don’t fret. We’re here to help.

Check out these eight steps to help you prioritise and clear your mind.

1. Stop multitasking

Instead of trying to do a million things at once, take a step back and tackle one task at a time. And while your inclination might be to start your day with busy work – like checking emails – and then move onto to the harder things, you should try to get your brain moving by challenging yourself with with a bigger, more creative endeavor first thing.

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2. Block out your days

A good way to hold yourself accountable when it comes to quieting the noise all around you is to specifically block out time in your day – maybe it’s 30 minutes or an hour – to spend on a given project.

Colour code your calendar or set a timer to make sure you are accomplishing the goal at hand.

3. Get your blood pumping

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You can’t focus if your are stuck inside and staring at a screen all day long. Turn off your computer and phone, and go for a walk for 20 minutes. The fresh air and the movement will clear your head. Also make sure that you are drinking enough water and getting enough rest.

4. Help your technology help you

A platform like RescueTime, a software that runs while you work and shows you how you are spending your day, could help you understand why something is taking longer to complete than it should. Options like Cold TurkeyFreedom and Self Control block out the internet entirely to keep you off your Twitter feed when you should be meeting deadlines.

5. Meditate

Get a recommendation for a yoga or meditation class, or even make it an office outing so everyone get some time to quiet their minds. Or look online for a plethora of apps and platforms whose stock and trade is mindfulness, like Meditation Made SimpleCalm and Headspace.

For slightly more of a monetary investment, you could look into wearable tech like Thync, a device that produces electrical pulses to help your brain decrease stress.

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6. Change up what’s in your headphones

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While background noise might help block out a loud office or construction outside your window, you need to be careful that what you are listening to isn’t distracting you more.

Music with lyrics can sap your focus from the task in front of you, so consider trying classical or electronic music instead. Or use a playlist that is familiar to you, so you aren’t tempted to turn all your attention to the new sound.

7. Streamline your communication

If you find that all of your focus gets trained on getting your inbox down to zero, think about how you can get yourself out from under a relentless deluge of email. Ask yourself and your colleagues to think about whether this conversation would be most effective through email, on the phone or in person.

Taking five minutes to walk over to someone else’s workspace will save you the time and energy invested into a redundant email chain and clarify how you want to attack a problem more quickly.

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8. Find an environment with the right kind of noise

To be the most effective, you need to strike a delicate balance between too much noise and total silence. According to David Burkus, an associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University, “some level of office banter in the background might actually benefit our ability to do creative tasks, provided we don’t get drawn into the conversation,” Burkus wrote in the Harvard Business Review.

“Instead of total silence, the ideal work environment for creative work has a little bit of background noise. That’s why you might focus really well in a noisy coffee shop, but barely be able to concentrate in a noisy office.”

This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

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