Virginia at Work: Habits of successful people

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What are the things successful people do differently than the rest of us?

That is this week’s topic for our Virginia at Work series, and it’s one that has garnered quite a bit of attention. As we partner with Cortex Leadership Consulting, the team tells us they coach successful businessmen and women, who they find to be disciplined and have habits that set them up for success.

The Harvard Business Review compiled Nine Things Successful People Do Differently:

  1. Get specific when setting goals
  2. Seize the moment to act on your goals
  3. Know exactly how far you have left to go
  4. Be a realistic optimist, be positive, but don’t underestimate how difficult it will be to reach your goal
  5. Focus on getting better, rather than being good
  6. Have grit, basically be willing to commit to long-term goals, even when things get difficult
  7. Build your willpower muscle – take on a challenge that requires you to do something you’d honestly rather not do.
  8. Don’t tempt fate – no matter how strong your willpower muscle becomes, it’s important to respect that it is limited. Successful people know not to make reaching a goal harder than it already is.
  9. Focus on what you will do

“They are being intentional in how they spend their time. They watch less television. They focus on a very specific goal that they have. They figure out who they need to spend time with, who will help them move forward, or give them a deep level of satisfaction, because of that relationship. So, they just aren’t haphazard in the way that they set up their lives,” says Lynda McNutt Foster, CEO of Cortex Leadership Consulting.

Foster’s team compiled quite a bit of research on the topic, and also found research that shows 88 percent of wealthy people read 30 minutes or more a day. Click here to read her article, complete with links to the research.  You can also find our podcast here.

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