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Career Success Is Within Your Reach

What are the traits of successful people?

Are you waiting for career success? Do you believe that if you wait long enough sooner or later your dreams of success will come true?

When it comes to success, you are better off spending your time working towards being successful than losing precious moments waiting for it to happen.

What are the traits of successful people? They have drive and a belief in themselves. They are confident. They seem to have the Midas touch. But instead of trying to emulate the qualities that made them successful, we sometimes assume that "they must know someone." Or, "they were lucky." We forget that they worked hard to get where they are today. We didn't see their struggles. We just see the end result, and we want what they have, NOW.

Career success is not just for the lucky. It's for those who want it and work hard to get it. There's no mystery to the process. Follow certain steps and you will be successful. Deviate from these steps and success will take longer.

So How Do You Grab Career Success? Follow These Steps Below:

  1. Believe That You Will Be Successful

    Self-belief is such a crucial element; one that is sometimes overlooked. You have to believe that success is within your reach. If you do not believe it, who will? The clients that I coach who make their career dreams come true are those who believe in their goals. How can you become a believer? Sit down with a piece of paper in front of you. Write away without editing your words. Create your ideal career and life. Create a picture you can look at every day. What does your picture look like? Does it inspire you? Does it bring excitement into your mind? Belief comes from within. You just have to dig it out every once in a while.

  2. Get The Facts

    Once you are a believer, back up your beliefs with facts. Find out specifically what steps you need to take to make your picture real. This way you will be comfortable taking action. For example: you want to expand into another industry. What facts do you need? Do you need more training? Is the cost of training within your reach? If you make the investment will it put more money in your pocket when you are done? Do you care about money or are you more interested in a better quality of life? Write down your questions and get your answers. Then you will be ready to act.

  3. Commit To Your Success

    Successful people say "I will" versus "I'll try" or "I may someday." There is something powerful about making a commitment. First of all, the decision to be successful is made and the back and forth is done. Second, you have focus and direction that transforms your outlook and gives you purpose. As human beings we do not always like to make commitments. We feel that we need to keep ourselves open to all opportunities because we are afraid that we may walk away from something better. Yes, you are walking away from something and that "thing" is confusion. Commitment gives you something greater. A reason to get out of bed every day.

  4. Put A Plan In Place

    Once you are committed, map out how you will be successful. Use the facts you gathered in step two ('Get the facts") to guide you. Break down your success plan into smaller pieces. Put these smaller pieces into your calendar. Make to-do lists. Manage your priorities and only say yes to those things that will bring you closer to being successful. Delegate and eliminate those tasks that take up your time. And if you get sidetracked, or distracted, use your plan to get back on track.

  5. Keep Moving No Matter What

    There may be days when you do not want to do the work or you do not believe the effort you are putting in will be worthwhile. This is normal. There will be up's and down's in your journey. Success comes to those who keep moving. It's ok to have doubts. Keep taking action anyway. Take small steps everyday no matter what. Small steps today leads to big dreams achieved tomorrow.

So what do you say? You only have one life to live so it might as well be a life you love!

-Deborah Brown-Volkman

Deborah Brown-Volkman is the President of Surpass Your Dreams, Inc. a career and mentor coaching company that has been delivering a message of motivation, success, and personal fulfillment since 1998. We work with Senior Executives, Vice Presidents, and Managers, who are out of work or overworked. Deborah is the author of "Coach Yourself To A New Career: A Book To Discover Your Ultimate Profession," that can be found on To Learn More Visit:, send an e-mail to or call (631) 874-2877.