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9 Things All Successful People Know About Achieving Their Goals

You’ve got a goal in mind, and now it’s time to achieve it. But, of course, you’re going to need that extra little push to keep going at some point.

Well, who better to learn from than incredibly ambitious people who’ve accomplished amazing things time and time again? Below are nine awesome tricks to steal from the most driven and motivated people out there so that you can achieve greatness no matter what your aspirations are.

  1. It might seem counterintuitive, but learning how to control less and trust more will actually make you more successful in the long run. (Tiny Buddha)
  2. A study of a Harvard Business School class showed that people who wrote down their goals earned on average 10 times more than any of their classmates, so it’s time to grab a pen and paper (or open a Word doc) and get writing. (Forbes)
  3. Once you come up with a goal, don’t think that you have to stick to that exact dream no matter what. Ambitious people know when to refine their goals or even change them completely to better suit them. (Zen Habits)
  4. The old saying goes that life is about the journey and not the destination, and how you think about reaching your goals is the same way. By thinking more about how you’ll schedule your goal into your everyday life, you’ll have a better chance of success in the long run. (James Clear)
  5. Once you come up with a schedule, don’t be afraid to dream big. Making your goals too narrow can have adverse affects on your ability to achieve them. (Psychology Today)
  6. Ambitious people are great about making their goals public (whether they tell co-workers or blog readers), so don’t be afraid of seeking motivation and encouragement from a larger group of people. (Lifehacker)
  7. Driven people know that goals aren’t just what’s at the surface; they dig deep to figure out why they have these aspirations in the first place and how their lives will be improved if they go after them. (Michael Hyatt)
  8. It might seem like overkill, but using if-then statements can make all the difference during the day-to-day struggles of going after your goals. (99U)
  9. Get visual with your goal-setting and use a “Standards” sheet to give yourself gold stars for good performance. (The Daily Muse)

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