April 13, 2013 Keenan

Success Saturdays — How Do You Stack Up on the 9 Things it Takes to be Successful?

In last weeks Success Saturday’s I wrote about Heidi Grant Halverson’s 9 Things Successful People Do Different. It’s a great list. If you haven’t read the post, go read it now. It’s worth it.

Since the original posting of her 9 Things, Heidi has created a diagnostic test to determine how well you do the things required to be successful.

I took it and here are my results:

Diagnostic Results

THING #1: GET SPECIFIC

GRADE: A
You set specific goals, and have mastered Thing # 1. Congratulations!

THING #2: SEIZE THE MOMENT

GRADE: A
You seize opportunities, and have mastered Thing # 2. Congratulations!

THING #3: KNOW HOW FAR YOU HAVE LEFT TO GO

GRADE: A
You monitor your progress and keep your eye on the finish line, and have mastered Thing # 3. Congratulations!

THING #4: BE A REALISTIC OPTIMIST

GRADE: B
Your optimism is fairly realistic, but there is still room to improve.
The #4 Be a Realistic Optimist section of Nine Things Successful People Do Differently offers specific ways in which you can develop and implement this strategy.

THING #5: FOCUS ON GETTING BETTER, NOT BEING GOOD

GRADE: C
You are more focused on Being Good than Getting Better – definitely work on this area.
The #5 Focus on Getting Better, Rather Than Being Good section of Nine Things Successful People Do Differently offers specific ways in which you can develop and implement this strategy.

THING #6: HAVE GRIT

GRADE: B
You have some grit, but there is still room to improve.
The #6 Have Grit section of Nine Things Successful People Do Differently offers specific ways in which you can develop and implement this strategy.

THING #7: BUILD YOUR WILLPOWER MUSCLE

GRADE: B
Your willpower muscle has some strength, but there is still room to improve.
The #7 Build Your Willpower Muscle section of Nine Things Successful People Do Differently offers specific ways in which you can develop and implement this strategy.

THING #8: DON’T TEMPT FATE

GRADE: B
You try not to tempt fate, but there is still room to improve.
The #8 Don’t Tempt Fate section of Nine Things Successful People Do Differently offers specific ways in which you can develop and implement this strategy.

THING #9: FOCUS ON WHAT YOU WILL DO, NOT WHAT YOU WON’T DO

GRADE: A
You focus on what you will do instead of what you won’t do, and have mastered Thing #9. Congratulations!

This was a fun exercise. It only took about 5 minutes. The hardest part was trying to be as objective and honest as I could. It was important to me to get the most accurate results possible. I’m happy with my results, mostly because I have room to grow. I think I would have been disappointed if I scored much higher, because I haven’t reached all my goals. If I had scored higher it would have meant I’m doing something wrong or I’m not very honest with myself.

My lowest score was in learning to get better not be good. This surprised me. I’ve written about this many times here before. I’m very conscience of getting better but clearly not as good as I can be. I think part of this low score is my ego. I still care too much about what other people think and gaining approval. This is for sure my work.

I highly recommend you take the diagnostic test. It can provide you with some great insight, that is, if you are completely honest with yourself.

For those of you brave enough to share, I’d love to see a good discussion around folks success and failure in reaching their goals. What works and what you struggle with it.

Either way, I encourage everyone to take it. You’ll learn something.