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How to Take the Tough Steps to Move Ahead

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of us intuitively know the things that will help us succeed, but following through and actually doing them is tougher.

Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that serves 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, recently took the time to tell us how and why to take those tough steps.

Bradberry says each time we face up to the challenges and make the tough decisions we become stronger and more likely to succeed.

Here are some of the things mentally strong people do every day.

They know how to wait – The people who see what their goals take and hang in there to get them understand delayed gratification. Some people are hopelessly impulsive. Others can be patient some of the time, but the people who go on to succeed usually wait for the really big payoff. They know how to focus on the significant issues and keep going until they get there.

They keep on fighting – Some people fold right away. Others fold gradually and just drift off, but the winners dig in their heels and keep fighting no matter how tough it gets. If you have done that, you probably know each time you do it makes you stronger. You learn to believe in yourself.

They know how to stay cool – Often people with winning ideas undermine their own progress by letting their emotions sabotage their efforts. Successful people simply refuse to cave emotionally when projects waiver, or become too confident when work is going well. They stay calm and power through.

They are unfazed by static – I have worked with a couple of people who rreally knew how to succeed. In each case they were seldom bothered by criticism or stopped by failure. They never wasted time brooding about failures. When a project did not fly, they took the time to find out why, and returned later with one that would score.

They make the tough calls – Knowing when to start over or bring in reinforcements can be hard calls to make. The people who succeed are pretty unflappable. When they need to, they stop and review their projects and figure out what it takes to make them work. Once decided, they move ahead.

They know how to work hard – People who succeed will often tell you it took way more effort than they expected. A lot of people will show up and work hard some of the time, but a few will be on target on the job all of the time. They intend to succeed and often do.

If these skills sound attainable, you are probably already using them, and succeeding. Sometimes they just become second nature.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.

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