successIf you’re like most people, the second week of January is usually that point when you’ve already given yourself a few passes on implementing your New Year resolutions.Today, I’d like to talk a bit about the habits of successful people so you can seize those goals you have for yourself and make it happen.

What is the number one trait of successful people?

The power to succeed essentially exists within you already. You have to learn how to tap into your own inner power to cultivate success. Being successful is a way of life. You have to hold yourself accountable for your life – the good, the bad and the ugly.If you want to cultivate success, start with accountability. Everyone has a story – successful people simply choose to appreciate struggles as hard-won wisdom. You determine your path, your attitude and ultimately your success.

Why are some people able to accomplish goals and achieve success while others struggle?

Through countless hours pouring over research and various trial and error experiments, we learned that perception of limitations, fear of failure and lack of self-confidence are the main hindrances that block individual accomplishment.

This New Year, I’d like the three essential habits designed to move past fear and cultivate success.

1) Go Above and Beyond: Success must be courted. The difference between someone who is proactive versus reactive demonstrates an entirely different mindset. If you are proactive, you are taking responsibility for your influence and level of control in a situation. You will reach out for support, get answers to your questions, and ultimately go above and beyond to succeed. If you are reactive, on the other hand, everything is ‘happening to you’. You become defined by circumstances outside of your control and you wait for success to come to you. You have to go above and beyond to cultivate achievement as a lifestyle.

2) Don’t Take ‘NO’ for an Answer: Be persistent! You have to fight for your success. For example, if the bank gives you a flat ‘no’ for your financing request – try, try again. Make it happen. No one is going to go out there and do it for you, so learn to negotiate. Prepare responses to possible negative reactions, do your background research and keep at it until you get what you need to succeed.

3) Be a Risk-Taker: Your desire to succeed should be stronger than your fear of failure. Those who are successful don’t wait for opportunities. You have to create success by taking risks that others won’t. A risk-taker is able to apply knowledge to their advantage and take calculated risks. Don’t expect to achieve monumental success without shouldering risk.

Use these habits in your everyday life. Everyone has off-days but the 80/20 application is a good rule of thumb. At first you have to remind yourself to apply these habits, but after a few weeks, the habits will just become a regular part of your lifestyle towards achieving your goals.


Steve Martel
Steve Martel is a serial 8-figures/yr business magnet, real estate mogul, millionaire philanthropist, author, educator, public figure & happily married father of 4 little munchkins under 10. His teachings and concepts have revolutionised the lives of over 100,000 entrepreneurs around the world and he has consulted 428 clients who’ve collectively created businesses worth over $560 million in the last 5 years alone.