They Have a Plan: Most folks put more effort into planning their vacations than they do their lives. Successful people realize the importance of having written goals/action plans for each of life’s major areas (see footnote).

They Journal: Successful people are self-aware; they observe themselves and know how to motivate themselves, how to manage their moods and channel their energy. They know what works for them and what doesn’t.

They are Coachable: Successful people know that they need feedback to become their best selves, that they can learn something from everyone, and that we have two ears and only one mouth for a reason!

They are Positive/Optimistic: Successful people believe in themselves and they back that belief up with the necessary preparation and hard work. Optimists succeed more often because they try more often, they try longer, and they harder. They insist that their inner voice be on their side, a cheerleader not a critic. They know that while it may be challenging to fully control the thoughts that come to mind, they can choose which thoughts stay in mind. They know that positive things happen to positive people and that others are attracted to competent, confident people with a pleasant, diplomatic demeanor.

They Choose Companions Carefully: Who you choose to invest your time and energy socializing with says volumes about you; indeed it is said you are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with. Do your associates challenge you to grow? Are their lives an inspiration to you? Do they energize you, call out to the best in you?

Life’s Six Major Roles:

– Career/Financial
– Family/Personal
– Physical/Health
– Education/Mental
– Social/Community
– Spiritual/Creative

As always, I share what I most want/need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier