Is every step you take towards achieving your goals a struggle? Then it’s time to take a different approach.

Like everything, failure has a pattern, and success has a pattern. It’s getting the right combination, in the right sequence for it to work.

Here are 10 well documented rules for achieving success by great achievers:

Rule 1: Be Decisive – You become the person you are by the decisions you make. The direction of your life changes the instant you make the decision as to which goals you want to achieve.

Rule 2: Keep Focused – Whatever you focus on will grow, so put that focus on what you want to achieve rather than what might be a distraction.

Rule 3: Write Down Your Goals – Use ‘smart’, measurable, achievable, realistic and timed to set out your goals in detail.

Rule 4: Have a Detailed Plan – Having a plan helps you to orchestrate all the steps you need to achieve your goal. You may change the steps as you progress of course but make sure changes are part of your overall plan.

Rule 5: Build a Success Team – Surround yourself with people who can help you achieve success and steer you on to bigger things. Ignore the nay- sayers.

Rule 6: Failure Is Good – Don’t let failure take you out. Make a decision to learn the lesson. Failure is an opportunity to learn and grow. Even if you have to down tools for a while, it’s okay because this gives you the time out to re-strategize and re-launch again.

Rule 7: Purposeful Action – You can have a great plan, but without taking action you won’t be going anywhere. So take daily actions towards your goals, no matter how small those actions might be.

Rule 8: Track & Monitor – Make sure you observe in detail everything that is working (and those things that aren’t so you may eliminate those) mapping out the progress against your bigger plan.

Rule 9: Reward Yourself – Always! No matter how small the successes…celebrate it in some way that is meaningful for you.

Rule 10: Commitment – Make it a personal commitment to yourself that you will achieve your goals. Make a personal promise to achieve what you set out to do.

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