How successful people think

Successful people live by a different set of rules. They have a certain way of thinking, and they don’t allow themselves to deviate from it. In this article, we’ll explore some of the habits that successful people have in common and how you can apply them to your life.

1. They have clear goals.

The more specific you make your goals, the more likely they are to happen. It’s important to be realistic and make sure that your goals are measurable. If you write down a goal that is too broad—such as “I want to be successful”—you may find yourself wondering what success means for you. You need specific actions, time frames, metrics and other factors that define success in the context of achieving this particular goal.

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Your goals should also be time-bound or have an end date so there’s a point at which they can be evaluated and reviewed against actual results achieved over the past period of time (i.e., quarter).

2. They set motivational goals.

Motivational goals are the perfect combination of excitement and possibility. They’re goals that make you feel good about achieving them—whether it’s because they’re fun, or your friends will be impressed if you succeed, or because it’ll make your mom proud.

The best motivational goals have a few things in common:

  • They should be achievable but not too easy. If your goal is to lose 10 pounds this year, then it won’t do much for your motivation if all you need to do is not eat anything for three days and there goes another pound! You want something specific enough to measure progress toward (in this case, losing 0.4 pounds per week) without being so challenging that it’s impossible to achieve on a regular basis.
  • They should also be specific and measurable—enough so that you can tell whether or not you’ve hit them yet (or whether they’re still out of reach). A vague goal like “I’m going to get in shape” isn’t really useful unless there are specific ways of measuring how much better shape than before has been achieved—and even then it might not be enough information if everyone knows what “getting in shape” means differently!

3. They don’t compare themselves to others.

The best way to stay on track and achieve your goals is by having a solid sense of self-worth. You can’t do that if you’re constantly comparing yourself to others. So stop doing it!

Here’s a short list of comparisons that you need to avoid:

  • Your success compared to other people’s success (or lack thereof)
  • Your failures compared to other people’s successes (or lack thereof)
  • The intelligence or looks of anyone else

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4. They hang out with the right people.

Successful people are always very clear about who their friends are and what kinds of people they spend their time with. They have a strong sense of the difference between a friend, a colleague and an associate; each relationship has its own value for them.

They also know that some of the best advice they can get comes from those in their inner circle, so they make sure to keep those people close and give them priority over others.

When you’re looking at your network, think about how much actual face-to-face time you’re spending with each person on it—and then think about whether or not that represents how close you really want to be with them. Are there any relationships that need some extra attention? Or perhaps even reevaluation?

5. They make self-care a priority.

Self-care is important, and not just in a “treat yo self” kind of way. It’s an essential part of living a successful life. As we grow up, we learn to think of ourselves as separate from others—ourselves as unique individuals with our own needs and wants that may differ from those around us. But at the end of the day, we’re human beings like everyone else! And one of the best ways to ensure success for yourself is by taking care of your body and mind so that you’re able to be your best self.

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So what does self-care look like? It means doing things that recharge you and make you feel good about yourself—whether it’s running two miles every morning before work or meditating for twenty minutes before bedtime (or both!); whatever works best for your schedule and lifestyle will help keep the gears turning in positive directions when it comes down to it (and if there are certain activities that aren’t exactly doing wonders for how productive or motivated someone feels throughout their day at work… well then maybe those should get cut).

6. They know when to say no.

One of the most important things successful people do is say no. This can be very difficult, especially if you’re a giver and want to help others succeed or feel like it’s your responsibility to take on every task that comes your way. You might even find yourself saying yes because you think it will look good on your resume or help someone else out. But just because someone requests something from you doesn’t mean they deserve your time and energy—and if they don’t respect what you say no to, then maybe they aren’t worth working with in the first place!

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If this sounds harsh, consider this: would you hire someone who only does exactly what’s asked of them? No.

You’d want an employee who has initiative, thinks creatively, does more than what’s expected and exceeds expectations when given new challenges (all of which are qualities that also describe successful entrepreneurs).

So why should we treat other people any differently? It may seem easier for everyone involved if we constantly over-commit ourselves and get stuck doing more work than necessary…but again—what does that say about us as leaders?

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7. Successful people think in ways that are different from how most others think.

Successful people think in ways that are different from how most others think.

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Successful people have clear goals, and they set motivational goals. They don’t compare themselves to others.

They hang out with the right people, and make self-care a priority.


Success doesn’t come from one thing alone. It’s a combination of variables that all contribute to how successful you are.

The most important thing is to have a positive outlook on life and keep looking for new opportunities.

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