Archive for May 2013

20 Criteria for Your Success

May 25, 2013

Part 2

7. The ability to finish work in progress as well: People with success orientation are not “drop-outs”, things that have been started are mostly done by them till the end. The fear of the “Next”, which leaves many people procrastinating them is largely unknown. They will find always a new and rewarding task.

8. The ability to take the initiative: Each initiative represents a binding to a situation and related consequences. Inhibition of being able to engage in something that is one of the main reasons why people are reluctant to take the initiative. The fear of liability prevents many from entering into a deeper relationship with another human being. Success-oriented individuals have the ability to be responsibly engaged in something, and thus also not afraid to feel life in front of “positive” consequences.

9. The strength to not be afraid of failures: All people make mistakes, and no one intentionally commits them . However, what distinguishes people, are the consequences . Many people develop a fear of failure, which was usually develop in childhood and is a blockage for success-oriented actions. However, making a mistake is not the same as failure. Also, of course, success-oriented people make mistakes, but they make the same mistake – usually – not again. To learn from mistakes and correcting them is an important aspect of the success orientation.

10. The ability not to push things on the back burner: Many people claim that they can work better under pressure. However, this coping strategy is usually very problematic; it is proven that almost all tasks would be qualitatively better if you used the appropriate time for it. That  procrastination in the workplace has a negative effect, is only a consequence. People with performance orientation therefore divide their time so that they can do their jobs well.

11. The strength to be able to accept legitimate criticism: People who are too sure of themselves are thinking, that they are almost invariably and are looking for someone to blame for every mistake they made. But false accusations can lead  in private and professional life to serious negative consequences. People with a winning spirit take responsibility for mistakes, they do not require any excuses and to transfer their guilt on others. Accepting  an error can infer internal size and offers the chance to learn from it.

12. The strength not to regret independently: Permanent self-pity is counter-productive and creates exactly the opposite of what was actually hoping intuitive: attention. Instead, people react with growing impatience and finally turn away. People with focus on success instead use every effort to change unfavourable situations as quickly as possible and fall back into balance.

20 Criteria for Success

May 19, 2013


1. The ability to be able to motivate yourself: What is meant here is the will to succeed. There are basically two categories of motivation: the inner and the outer. To include external factors such as recognition or material incentives. However, this makes the necessary actions dependent on circumstances  which one has no or only a minor impact. The motivation from within yourself (e.g. job satisfaction), however, is more effective, because it reduces dependence on external factors. On performance-based people are certainly the ones who can combine both types of motivation conveniently together.

2.  The ability to control impulses: Impulsive reactions are nothing unusual, and in some situations quite necessary. Nevertheless, the immediate reaction of inner impulses lead to ill-considered actions and prevent existing skills actually be implemented. People with focus on success therefore act – if needed – quickly, but otherwise rather from their experience, and after a time of weighing out.

3.  Knowing the need of perseverance and endurance: Endurance is certainly among the most important factors of success. Who resigned too quickly, will never be able to achieve his/her goals. Who, however – despite obvious futility – sticks  too long to one thing blocking himself unnecessarily in his life. So success-oriented people act and recognize when perseverance is needed, and this must not be limited to professional life. In other parts of life, as in the repeated wooing a man in love, with a realistic degree of persistence can lead to the desired result.

4.  The awareness of being able to make the best of your abilities: First, it is important to recognize his/ her abilities at all, e.g. by the experiences collected in professional life. People with success orientation draw their own conclusions and change, if possible, in a profession that matches their abilities best.

5.  The ability to turn ideas into action: The best ideas ultimately lead to nothing if they remain grey theory. Performance-oriented people have learned that their ideas need to be followed by deeds. Interestingly, for this ability there is not always a need of a high IQ: While people with higher IQ in more relaxed situations show leadership rather than people with low IQ, this is often reversed during stress.

6.  The ability to act result-oriented: “The journey is the destination.” This wisdom is not true, when it comes to success orientation. In this case, the result is rather crucial. People with success orientation, although still interested for the process of the course, lay their actual concentration in the product that has to be generated. They act very much result oriented.

To be continued!