Taking Action

Why does one person succeed after setting goals and another doesn’t? The successful person takes action. People who take action to achieve their goals and desires are the most successful.

For many years, Psychologist Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., and her associates at the University of Pennsylvania have been investigating what, apart from intelligence and talent, predicts future success. Their findings : Self discipline is twice as important for achievement as IQ. Passion, perseverance, stamina, and how consistently you work toward something over time are the strongest predictors of success.

The late Kobe Bryant became one of NBA’s superstars by starting practice three hours earlier than his teammates, even when he was injured. In his early career, Elvis performed shows almost daily–315 shows in 1955! In business, Marissa Mayer (former CEO of Yahoo!), Elon Musk (founder of Tesla and Space X) and other top tier executives report working 80+ hours a week.

These high achievers love their work and prioritize their to do lists with delegating time-consuming tasks to others and strategically taking time to reenergize themselves. For folks like this the daily grind can be a daily pleasure as goals and aspirations come to life.

Steve Jobs was convinced that perseverance was the key to success. Thomas Watson, founder of IBM said, “The way to succeed is to double your failure rate,” Winners pursue their dreams and aspirations day in and day out, no matter how many failures are between them and their goal.

If you need help in goal setting and action steps toward those goals, please do not hesitate to contact me at 361.442.9590 or holtadams2002@yahoo.com.