By Brian Tracy
There are certain secret habits practiced every day by all the highest paid salespeople. The regular pursuit of these habits is virtually guaranteed to move you to the top of your field. Here are 7 simple secrets for achieving your career goals:
1. Get serious
Make a decision to go all the way to the top of your field. Make a decision right now to join the top 10 percent. There is no one and nothing that can hold you back from being the best and achieving your career goals — except you.
2. Determine your weakness
Identify your weakest single skill and vow to become absolutely excellent in that area. Ask yourself “What one skill, if mastered, would have the greatest positive impact on my career?” Write down the answer, set a deadline, make a plan and work on it every single day. This one decision can change your entire career.
3. Get around the right people
Get around successful people who have a positive attitude. Associate with people who are pursuing their own goals. Remove yourself from those who are negative, critical or complaining. They will drag you down, tire you out, distract and discourage you. You don’t need that.
4. Take care of your physical health
You need high energy levels to work effectively and bounce back when things don’t work out. Be sure to eat the right foods, exercise and get plenty of rest. And find time for recreation. If you spend every last moment working, you’ll quickly burn out.
5. Visualize yourself at the top
Imagine yourself performing at your best all day long. Imagine how it would feel to achieve your career goals. Feed your subconscious mind with vivid pictures of yourself as positive, confident and competent. Program your subconscious with these clear mental pictures.
6. Practice positive self-talk
Take control of your inner dialogue. Notice if you have a tendency to berate yourself. Try to talk to yourself as you would to a good friend or someone you care deeply about. Be gentle with yourself.
7. Take daily steps toward your career goals
Be proactive; grab the bull by the horns. If you’re not happy with your income, get out there and do something about it. Whatever it is that dissatisfies you, accept responsibility for it and make a change.
Successful people are intensely action-oriented. They have a sense of urgency about accomplishing their goals. They have a bias for action. They are in control of their own destinies, and as a result, easily take their places at the top. And there is absolutely no reason you can’t join them there.
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