What Makes People Successful?

Have you wondered what do successful people do that others don’t? What motivates others to keep going?

Do you often wonder if anyone can truly be successful? And what makes them different from others?

Here are some strategies for success, as you work towards begin a success in any area of your life:


Successful people are confident, honest and driven.

These are attitudes, not skill.

Our attitude can improve our skills, so we need to change our attitudes and become more focused and driven.

Our minds find it impossible to store all the information it receives in a day and so it deletes the unnecessary detail. So you need to change your attitude to your business or your life. You need to set goals, concentrate on knowing what you want to achieve and work towards achieving your goals.

Make sure that your goals are SMART goals:

Specific – Know exactly what you want

Measurable – Be able to follow the progress

Achievable – Be within your capabilities

Realistic – Be possible to do

Time – You must make the time to do it

You need to know exactly what your goals are, be able to set a plan and follow it, be achievable for you (e.g. don’t attempt to be a brain surgeon if you can’t stand the sight of blood), be possible to do (e.g. don’t try and think you can fly) and you must be prepared to put in the time to achieve your goals, or have the time to do it.

Seeing Things As They Are

Some days start off great and just get better, while others start off bad and get worse.

Why is this? It all depends on your attitude and what you’re focusing on. If you’re in a bad mood, then everything will seem bad because you’re focusing on it.

It’s just the same with your goals. If you focus on missing them, then you will.

You see, our brain never hears the word “wont” or “don’t”. That’s why children always do what you tell them not to. They never hear the word “don’t”.

So if you focus on not missing your goal by thinking “I won’t fail”, then you will. Instead, tell yourself, “I will succeed”.

Forget Failure

Children learn faster than adults because they have no fear of ridicule or failure.

Children always look on the bright side:

Kids are curious – Adults are cynical

Kids love puddles – Adults hate rain

Babies learn to walk by setting a goal and working towards it. When they fall down they adopt a different strategy, such as holding onto the furniture, and then they keep going and learning. We should take a page from a baby’s book, so to speak.

Never say “I can’t do this.” Just take notice of what’s not working and change strategies. This will move you closer to your goal.

What can stop you from achieving your goals?


Your beliefs can hinder you or help you, but they can only help you if you understand that they are only beliefs.

Events don’t shape your life. It’s your interpretation of these events that shapes your life.

Your beliefs and certainties have the power to expand or destroy your true potential.

Beliefs are limiting, so it’s important to understand that they are only beliefs and not reality.

The past does not equal the future. Just because you haven’t achieved something in the past doesn’t mean you can’t achieve it in the future.

You need to question your beliefs and where they come from. Remember, you can change, but not if you believe you can’t.

Focus on what your limiting beliefs have stopped you from achieving. Change whatever is limiting you.

If you believe you’ll win, then you will!

Remember that you don’t have to be 100% successful in everything you do to be successful. Every step you take to achieve your goal is a success. And if something goes wrong, just chalk it up to experience. We learn from our experiences.

Things You Can Do Right Now

Always ask yourself:

What did I do well today?

What did I learn today?

What am I going to do differently tomorrow?

Never avoid failure. Stride for success. Keep trying different strategies.

We slump when depressed and sit tall when we feel successful. Adopting these postures can affect our attitude and state of mind.

How you feel on the inside can affect how you look on the outside and this can influence people around you. What you focus your mind on affects your body language. Therefore, you can change your state of mind by changing your posture. So when you feel depressed, adopt the upright posture of a successful person.

People and circumstances can also affect your state of mind, but this can be controlled. Instead of giving up letting external factors control your state of mind, adopt a positive attitude, stand tall and refuse to be influenced by negative things around you.

This is easier said than done because our responses are learned and our unconscious mind cannot always distinguish what is and isn’t real.

Hopefully these tips are helpful. What are some things that you need to adjust in your life to really achieve the success that you are seeking?


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Phaedrea Watkins

Phaedrea is an advocate for women to who dare to dream big dreams, in pursuit of starting a business or their own side hustle. Phaedrea is co-author in Volume 7 of the best-selling book series titled, “20 Beautiful Women”, a collection of personal short stories from 20 women authors, speakers, and life coaches. She has also created “Today is Your Day”, a 90-Day motivational journal. She is currently working on additional writings. Phaedrea holds a Bachelors in Biology and a Masters in Business Administration. Though she has worked in corporate for many years, she has always had an itch to thrive as an entrepreneur, and wants to serve as motivation and encouragement for others to press through challenging times to realize their dreams. Phaedrea is the wife of an Army veteran, mom to two beautiful children, a serial entrepreneur, author, Realtor®, and mentor to young adults. Instagram: @phaedreawatkins Email: info@phaedreawatkins.com Website: https://phaedreawatkins.com

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