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A successful checklist

Updated on September 3, 2013

To be successful one must have the right state of mind to reach the goal that they set. That means having will power to get out of your comfort zone and take risk (you never know until you try). One thing that you need to know is that you will run into so obstacles. You will also face defeats, but though all of the troubles, ups and downs, and trial and error it's how you handle it afterwards that matters. Do you have the means to get back up and try again? To be in the right state of mind you need to have discipline in these areas of your life. Before we begin, be sure that you have a well thought out plan, this is very important.


This is the most important item on the checklist; what is the cause for your goal? Without a motive there is no enthusiasm to achieve even the most common short term goal. Is this something that excites you? Are you fighting to make sure your family and friends are taken care of? Whatever your reason to succeed may be, make a mental not of why it is so important to succeed. Writing down you motive and placing it somewhere that you will see it every day is very effective. There is a reason for everything we do in life (even if it’s because you nothing better to do), so what’s your reason to succeed?

A successful checklist

  • Motive
  • Patience
  • Consistence
  • Time
  • Environment
  • Finance


Sometimes we can be a little impatient; we want to see result now not later. Think about those people who start an exercise program, they quit after 2 to 3 weeks if they feel they aren’t making any progress. Everything takes time to progress, so be patient. Stop and try to enjoy the goal you have set for yourself; the troubles you went thought to reach your goal is just as important as the end result that you were hoping for.


Which leads me to consistence; this is where you faith is really tested. People tend to give up not realizing that their goal might have been right round the corner waiting for them. You will face difficulty along the way, it comes with the territory. If we were to read up on any of the successful people before our time (even in our time), one of the things that they all have in common would be that they didn’t give up. You will face a few setbacks, but see this as a step forward, because at least you know what is working and what is not so you can press forward. Success and failure is like a coin: one side cannot be found without the other.



Time plays a very important role in success. Let me explain; one thing that a lot of people fear is the fear that they are wasting or may have wasted their life. This kind of fear can cause a person to try all kinds of last minute ideas. So how you spend your time is very important. I’m not saying that you should be some tightwad (we all could use a vacation), but be sure that your steady progressing forward. You can make a checklist of things that you need to do to progress you goal, whether it is to open up a new saving account and put half of your paycheck in it. If you have goal how close are you away from achieving it?


It may seem as if this doesn’t affect you but it does. The people we hang out with have a big influence on our life. Some people go through life without a definite plan and aren’t looking trying to change that and that's OK (for them).. People like this don’t really mind taking up your time, because they aren’t doing anything with theirs. You know that person who is always at the club or some kickback and is looking to invite you to every single one of them. Sometimes you either have to manage the time you spend with them, or you may have to cut them off all together (I know it sounds cruel).


This is where the fear of poverty comes in; some people don’t take risk, because they believe that if they don’t succeed they will be worse off than before. This could be one of the reasons why the rich are getting richer and poor are getting poorer. You will need some serious financial discipline and some careful budgeting to combat this demon. Instead of going out all the time why not just stay in (you don’t have to go out and shake your butt every Saturday night). You can cook your own food instead of getting takeout. Make sure you have enough where you’ll be okay if something unexpected should happen.

Keep Going!

Most importantly you always stay motivated; sometimes it feels as if you lost hope or you just don’t feel like putting in the effort, but try to find something that will get you back on your feet. Try listening to a motivational speaker, talking a friend who has the same determination to achieve success, or read a motivational book. I hope this checklist that I have come with will help you on your path to achieving success.


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