"The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem as last year. " ~John Foster Dulles~

Not getting the results you want?

Ask yourself: “Is this something I really want to be doing or was it someone else’s idea?”

Is it something you want? Then schedule your success.

Here are three principles that we can use to be successful.

1. Stay focused. Most problems are solved the same way; it’s just the details that are different.

—Make a decision. Be clear about your intentions and outcomes. Clear intentions lead to solid results. Intentionality drives creativity. Creativity drives results. Results drive outcomes.

—Focus is not force. Do not force an outcome. Outcomes may arrive differently then we expect. Leave room for the unexpected to amaze you. Stay focused on your outcome while continuing to listen to the guiding voice within.

2. Quit tolerating mediocre. To attract the results you want, first, commit the time and space for what you really want.

—Set clear boundaries. If you no longer accept being dragged down by unwanted events, problems or other people’s behavior, you’ll stop wasting time managing situations that are not or should not be there anyway. Sometimes we get bogged down in the "shoulda, woulda, coulda and what-ifs" of each situation—these usually revolve around blurred boundaries. Sometimes, we need to let go of situations or things that are not moving us in the direction we want to go.

3. Put your heart into your intention and the world. We can all have the best of intentions but let’s be honest… do you have a burning desire to see it through to completion?

—Implement your plan. Make your plan simple and flexible. Deliberately set accountability steps to achieve what you want. Develop a highly efficient and effective routine around your accountability steps. Each step gets you closer to what you want. Let others know of your dreams, intention and desired outcome.

The best (and worst) part of life is it’s up to you to get the results you want.

“Each of us has two ends: one to sit with, one to think with. Success depends on which one you use; heads you win — tails you lose.” ~Anonymous, humor and wisdom greatly appreciated~

Author's Bio: 

Learn to Inspire, Influence and Get Real Results! There is no better way to market your business and services then telling people what you do… Sharon Sayler, MBA, helps leaders, executives, and business owners inspire employees, grow companies and increase their sales by teaching them to become powerful and influential communicators. Visit www.sharonsayler.com for more great ideas and free white papers.