Superstars Reach Their Goals: How We Can Reach Ours.
Are superstars born or made? How
do they succeed so often? How do they dream so big and achieve so
big? Learn the 8 secrets superstars have that you can start using
now. Let them tell you what it takes to make it in the big-time.
How Superstars Reach Their Goals
How We Can Reach Ours
Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
Silicon Valley, California
Are superstars born or made? Do they have the
genius of supreme achievement by an accident of birth, a favorable
environment or from their own individual effort? Whatever the reasons,
superstars are a different breed. They must succeed and they will
succeed. They have an amazing capacity to dream big, strive even
bigger and come through against all the odds.
Can we learn to become better achievers by looking inside the minds
of the big-time peak performers? Let's see what makes them tick
and why they are able to achieve so much more and at a higher level
than anyone else. Here are their characteristics.
1. A Can-Do Attitude. Superstars have a "make-it-happen"
attitude. They take it for granted that they will succeed. They
act as if it's a done deal that they will win. They are infectious
in their enthusiasm for a project and enlist others easily to make
it become a reality. They are bursting with positive expectancy
that everything will be a smashing success. Their motto is "Get
2. A Bias To Action. Superstars take action. They start acting
on an idea or plan quickly and make room in their schedule for tangible,
concrete objectives that take them closer to their goals. They spend
time reflectively, but take action when action is required. They
don't waste time over-planning. They get down to it.
3. Atmospheric Standards. Superstars are
often not 100% happy with their performances. They are not negative
about them, but they are realistic and demanding of themselves and
often of those around them. They continually seek improvement in
even the tiniest areas of their performance and regularly raise
the bar as each new ability level is surmounted. They hold their
best all-time performances as the ideal and seek to rise to that
4. Superb Organizational Skills. Superstars know how to break
projects down into manageable bite-sized chunks. Their favorite
motto is "Mile by mile it's a trial; inch by inch it's a cinch".
They know that many details placed together in proper order lead
to something big. They spend time planning and keeping records to
show progress and to stay on time projections. They are in a hurry
to succeed, but never rush.
5. Decisiveness. Superstars are decisive. This is a characteristic
of all successful people. They gather information and quickly decide
to act on it and later make changes based on new information. They
take advantage of the windows of opportunities that arise and go
for it. They have confidence that they made the right decision and
the confidence that if they do not, they can successfully change
gear and recover for a positive outcome.
6. They Sacrifice. Superstars know how to sacrifice to make
something happen. They know they often can't have it all and that
they must have singular focus to succeed. They are good at going
into "tunnel-vision" to block out all distractions so they can rapidly
advance past their objectives. They deny themselves those things
that do not contribute to making them successful. They know how
to be self-disciplined and stay on track.
7. They Love The Struggle. Superstars love the battle. They
love the process. They love the climb up the ladder. Superstars
love to be in the game, the hunt, the chase. This is what it is
all about for many of them. They are excited pursuing their goals
and take extreme pleasure in the challenge to see what impossible
obstacles they can leap on their way to success. They want stories
to tell, bragging rights as part of the success trophy.
8. They Love To Achieve. Meeting objectives and reaching
goals is energizing to top achievers. They can't wait to get to
work and see the results of their efforts. They boost their self-esteem
and self-confidence as they finish a project or task that is highly
satisfying. They pour their entire passion into what they love to
do and complete it with all their energies and enthusiasm.
Some people look at superstars and lament that they could never
do what they do. They get discouraged at the gap between what is
and what could be. Other people look to the superstars and are inspired.
They use the superstars as a template or benchmark and use them
as models for what they would like to achieve. They view them as
"best practices" and measure themselves against the superstars.
Watch a superstar and become discouraged or become encouraged...the
choice is yours.
Copyright © 2011-
Bill Cole, MS, MA. All rights reserved.
Bill Cole, MS, MA, a leading authority
on peak performance, mental toughness and coaching, is founder and
CEO of William B. Cole Consultants, a consulting firm that helps
organizations and professionals achieve more success in business,
life and sports. He is also the Founder and President of the International
Mental Game Coaching Association (www.mentalgamecoaching.com),
an organization dedicated to advancing the research, development,
professionalism and growth of mental game coaching worldwide. He
is a multiple Hall-Of-Fame honoree as an athlete, coach and school
alumnus, an award-winning scholar-athlete, published book author
and articles author, and has coached at the highest levels of major-league
pro sports, big-time college athletics and corporate America. For
a free, extensive article archive, or for questions and comments
visit him at www.MentalGameCoach.com.
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