Advice: Hard work, persistence will help you succeed

Establishing a goal and actually going through with it are two different things.

It’s easy to recognize the victorious team, the successful businessperson or the teacher of the year. However, people may not notice the years of sacrifice these individuals made it to get to the top.

On the other hand, others feel entitled and don’t see challenges as part of the process. They may even become jealous or envious of those who are accomplished.

It is, however, important to live life with intention — to believe that you will succeed through focus and hard work.

That’s not to say there won’t be challenges. That is a part of life. It’s how you handle the bumps in the road that will determine the outcome.

One of the best ways to reach your goals is to stop worrying about what others have and focus on what you can do to improve your circumstances.

Here are a few suggestions.

>> Be yourself. The more genuine you are, the happier you will be. And you will also attract the right kind of people.

>> Get an education. This doesn’t necessarily mean attending college. It can also be a certification in the career you choose. Always look for opportunities to improve your life.

>> Choose friends wisely. Surround yourself with goal-minded individuals who will inspire, support and encourage you. Eliminate envious and negative people.

>> Be flexible. Set a goal, but remember there are different ways to get there and it might not be how you originally envisioned it.

>> Conduct yourself like the person you want to be. If you are an assistant but your dream job is to become vice president of the company, work hard so that the people above you notice your drive, commitment and loyalty.

>> Don’t be so entitled. Everyone has to pay his or her dues. It’s not pay me and I’ll show you what I can do. It’ll show them what you can do and they will know your worth.

>> Be grateful. Thank God for what you have and for the things that have not happened in your life yet.

Maria Luisa Salcines is a freelance writer, and certified parent coach with The International Network for Children and Families in Redirecting Children’s Behavior and Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom. Follow her on Twitter at @PowerOfFamily, Instagram at @mlsalcinespoweroffamily or contact her on her blog FamilyLifeandFindingHappy.com.