I have had many big goals, ones I have gone for and achieved. I earned my master’s in psychology, became a private investigator after working in the security industry for 20 years, co-authored two books, and grew my speaking and mentoring business into a profitable company.
It wasn’t always easy—it was a huge commitment and it took a lot of determination each time.
But let’s face it. Sometimes we give up on our goals because we don’t follow through on everything we should do. We all do it.
Starting today and moving ahead, don’t be one of those people that doesn’t achieve their dreams. Not because you fail—because we all make mistakes. More because we should live with absolutely no regrets, because you don’t want to go through life knowing that you didn’t go for it in life.
In my work as a motivational speaker and mentor, I talk with people that have not achieved their goals, and, usually, it’s not because their goal wasn’t a great one—it’s because they give up too soon, before reaping the rewards of their efforts.
If this resonates with you, I want you to change that—to become one of those people who do achieve their dreams. I want to share my personal experience and what I advise clients are the characteristics that help drive you to huge success to accomplish your goals.
Here are five qualities you need to reach your biggest goals:
1. Be positive.
I have always believed that everything starts with a positive mindset. What you put your mind to is where you will put action to. You have to believe in yourself and stay positive as much as you can. Some of the best ways to do this are to surround yourself with positive, inspiring people; journal your progress; and start each day reading an inspirational article or listening to something positive and motivational.
2. Be persistent.
At times when you are trying to reach a large goal, there are people that are going to say “no” to what you want and need. I have been told that and you will, too. Strong, successful people do not give up. You don’t want to push too hard on people—sometimes it just takes a 15 percent shift in your strategy. And sometimes it’s that very next person who will say “yes.” So keep moving forward on your goals. Always believe that today is going to be your day.
3. Be patient.
You must also have amazing patience when going for your biggest goals. We all want to achieve our goals today. We want the fruits of our labor right now, but sometimes the timing isn’t right for our goal. As Beverly Sills said, “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” Get into a mindset that the wait will be worth it. Take massive action on anything that you can, but remember that great things take time. Your dreams are worth the wait.
4. Be resilient.
Throughout our lives, there are people and situations that will try to throw us off our path to success. There will be people that will try to tell you that you can’t do it, and there will be challenges along the way that might want to make you quit. Resilience is definitely a quality that you need to have in order to make it. If you find yourself doubting yourself at times, one of the best things you can do is hire a mentor or coach to help you positively push through. Alone you can do a lot, but together with the right support system, you’ll find that you’ll accomplish so much more.
5. Be adaptable.
As Og Mandino said, “Always take the attitude of a student. Never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.” You must always learn and grow through life because that will help you achieve great success. You must have an open mind to the awesome possibilities and opportunities out there. Surround yourself with really smart people who you can learn and grow from. When you surround yourself with others who have already taken the path that you are on, it’ll open you up to awesome strategies to achieve success.
You deserve to achieve your goals and dreams. If want it, you have to go for it—but you have to do the right things to achieve it. Be positive, persistent yet patient, have resilience and always be adaptable.
What are your big goals that you want to achieve? Believe in yourself. You can do this!
Related: 10 Steps to Achieve Any Goal
Cynthia Bazin is a 2015 SUCCESS BlogStars winner, nominated and voted upon as one of the most influential self-development writers and bloggers on the web.