Success Tips from “Your Success GPS”

Competence is one of the four keys to career and life success in my Common Sense Success System.  I also discuss it in some detail in several of my books: Straight Talk for Success; Your Success GPS; and 42 Rules to Jumpstart Your Professional Success.  If you want to succeed you need to develop four basic, but important competencies: 1) creating positive personal impact; 2) becoming a consistently high performer; 3) dynamic communication skills; and 4) becoming interpersonally competent. 

There are four key competencies that will help you become a career and life success:

  • You have to be able to create positive personal impact.
  • You have to be become an outstanding performer.
  • You have to be a dynamic communicator – in conversation, writing and presentations.
  • You have to build strong, lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with the important people in your life.

Your Success GPS was published by Walk the Talk Company earlier this year.  It came with a tips page.  I have received a lot of positive feedback on the tips page, so I’ve decided to share it here….

Your Success GPS: Things to Remember…
Take personal responsibility for your success.  You are the only one who can make you a success.  As Stephen Pierce says, “To succeed, you need more than a wishbone…You must have a backbone.”  As you go through life, things will happen – some good, some bad.  The stuff that happens isn’t important.  What’s important is how you respond to what happens.  Choose to respond positively.  Take personal responsibility for your success.

Confidence is at the core of all success.  Successful people are self confident.  If you want to become self confident, you need to become an optimist.  Believe that today will be better than yesterday, and that tomorrow will be better than today.  Self confident people face their fears and act.  They are not afraid to fail because they know that failure presents an opportunity to begin again.  Finally, self confident people surround themselves with positive people. They have no room in their lives for people who are a negative drain on their energy.

Competence is the final component of success.  Successful people create positive personal impact.  Others like them and want to be around them.  Successful people get it done – they are outstanding performers.  They set high goals; and do whatever it takes to achieve them.  Successful people communicate well — in conversations, writing and presentations.  Successful people are interpersonally competent.  They know themselves and use this self knowledge to better understand others.  They build strong, lasting relationships with the important people in their lives and resolve conflict in a positive manner.
Your Success GPS Things to Do…

Commit to your success.  Figure out exactly what you need to do – then do it!

• Enthusiastically act on the things that will make you a success

• Become an optimist.  Choose to react positively to the bad things that happen to you.  Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

• Identify your fears.  Admit them and embrace them.  Then act.  Don’t let your fears paralyze you.  Action is the antidote to fear.

• Identify the positive people in your life.  Hold them close.  Run from negative people – as fast as you can.

• Create positive personal impact:

  • Build a strong, unique personal brand.
  • Be impeccable in your presentation of self – in person and on line.
  • Always be a lady or gentleman

• Perform

  • Become a lifelong learner.
  • Set high goals – do whatever it takes to achieve them.
  • Get organized – manage your time, life and stress well.

• Communicate

  • Become a great conversationalist – ask questions, listen, respond appropriately.
  • Write clearly and succinctly – use short sentences, and the smallest possible words that communicate exactly what you want to say.
  • Develop your presentation skills – practice, practice, practice your talks.

• Build Relationships

  • Get to know yourself.  Use this self knowledge to better understand others.
  • Resolve conflict positively and with a minimal amount of disruption to your relationships.

The common sense point here is simple.  Success is a multi faceted endeavor.  It is not enough to merely be a good performer.  You have to commit to taking personal responsibility for your success.  You have to build your self confidence.  You need to create positive personal impact.  You have to perform at a consistently high level.  You have to become a dynamic communicator.  You have build and nurture supporting relationships.  This sounds like a lot, but you can do it.  I know you can.

That’s my take on how to become the career and life success you deserve to be.  What’s yours?  Please take a few minutes to leave a comment sharing your thoughts with us.  As always, thanks for reading.


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