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A systematic approach to achieving goals and getting results.

How to Plan for the Next 5 Years

By Mike Templeman

Where do you see yourself in five years? Will you be a workaholic on Wall Street, living the simple life in America’s heartland or will you be a successful entrepreneur with a million-dollar business? If you are reading this article, I am guessing your answer is the latter.

While trendy strategies come and go, there is no substitute for classic goal setting. Here are a few tried-and-true tactics to propel your business to success. Read more

10 Simple Habits To Grow A Positive Attitude

By Megan Wycklendt

The Challenge: Having a negative attitude keeps us from being happy and impacts the people we interact with.
The Science: Science tells us that having a positive attitude has a direct connection with happiness and success.
The Solution: Make positivity a habit by making these small adjustments to your daily life and mindset!

Our life is a reflection of our attitude. Without even noticing it, it can be easy to become negative and cynical towards the world as we are continuously exposed to  tragedy and injustice in the media and as we experience our own heartache and distress.

Not only is a negative attitude preventing you from fully enjoying your life, it can have a significant impact on your environment. The energy a person brings with them is contagious. One of the best things you can offer your family, organization or community is your positive attitude.

In the wise words of Michael Jackson, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.” As creatures of habit, by making small adjustments to your daily life and mindset, positive habits can be formed to make yourself and everyone you interact with happier.  Here is a list of 10 habits that can turn a gloomy outlook into an effortlessly optimistic attitude.  Read more

The Secret to Achieving a Big Goal

By Christopher Bergland

What is the secret to achieving a big goal? Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) and Harvard University have found that even offering meaningless small rewards increases human motivation. Even if the rewards are arbitrary, the simple act of ‘winning’ a token reward inspires people to keep working towards a larger goal. Read more

Success Determined by Ambitions


Success is something that almost all college students want to achieve one day. They set goals for themselves, work hard and do everything to become successful. Of course some students struggle and fall as time goes on.

Plattsburgh State University adjunct lecturer in the English department Aimee Baker, who is also an author of a book, said, for her personally, she always sets goals for herself, and after those goals have been achieved, she sets more goals for herself.

“I don’t know at what level I will finally feel, like, personally successful,” Baker said.

Baker said the way she can tell if someone else is successful is if that person is pursuing what they value, working in the field that they like or achieving different benchmarks or milestone.

“For instance, a stay-at-home parent who wants to be a stay-at-home parent,” Baker said. “If that is your goal and that is what you’re doing and you’re doing it well, it is success.”

PSUC junior political science student Antwan Clark said that success is complicated, but to him it means he has accomplished everything he envisioned to do.

“This goes to career wise, education, making sure I complete law school and making sure I complete any type of occupational goals that I want to do,” Clark said.

Being able to practice law, he also said having the chance to practice politics and making a huge change to society is what success means to him.

PSUC senior psychology major Lauren Martinchek said that success is the ability to go after what one wants and do whatever it takes to accomplish those goals.

Baker said she always assumed she would be successful as soon as a goal is achieved, but she hasn’t yet.

“I was like OK as soon as I get a book I will feel successful, and now that I’ve got a book, I look at other people who have like four or five books, and I’m like ‘I have to work on my hustle,’” Baker said.

She also said that she doesn’t know what it would take for her to feel like she’s personally successful.

Clark said that there is never an end to the path of success. He said there are different types of short-term, mid-term, and long-term success.

“Whenever you accomplish those, hopefully you can celebrate, and be thankful that you had the opportunity to actually accomplish those goals,” Clark said.

Martinchek said in order to really know whether one is successful, it must come from inside.

“When you take a step back and see what’s been going on and what you have accomplished, you can tell whether you are successful or not,” Martinchek said.

Baker said she sets her goals and breaks the bigger goals down into smaller ones to encourage herself to be more successful and driven.

“To get to where I need to go, I do individual goals,” She said. “I constructed a five-year plan for myself and every month have something that I need to do.”

By thinking about how to stay successful, Clark said it keeps him driven and makes him want to succeed.

“When I think about it, I think that there’s probably someone out there that has the same goals as me, but they’re actually working towards their goals,” Clark said. “What can I do, what can I offer, or what can I do more to place me in the best situation possible to accomplish my goals.”

Martinchek said she sets goals for herself and deadlines to reach those goals, which helps her on her path of prosperity and staying motivated.

“It keeps you motivated to achieve it because if you see the deadlines, you will work harder for it,” she said.

The Huffington Post said that there are seven challengers that can get in the way of someone’s success. These seven factors include age, negativity, toxic people, what others think, fear, the past or future and lastly, the state of the world.

One’s success is driven by that person’s mindset. With discipline and focus, that person can ensure that these seven obstacles never hold them back from reaching their full potential according to the Huffington Post.

Slow Down to Get Ahead

By Dawa Tarchin Phillips

Time. It’s our most coveted resource because of its scarcity. In an effort to falsely gain time during the day we rush through tasks, projects, and our lives. But we cannot be fully present to life or to our craft when we rush. We can lose our vision and clarity for success. In reactive mindsets, goals blur. We get sloppy.

Rushing hinders our capacity to be intellectually and emotionally available, and capture the opportunities that surface in the present moment. When we slow down and move through our activity with greater mindfulness we are more likely to act with the full power available to us in the present moment. Read more

Changing Your Mindset to Achieve Success

By Dr. Nikki Martinez

How Can I Change My Mindset?

Many of us stunt our growth and stop ourselves from getting what we want by having a fixed mindset. We have that voice in our heads that we listen to that tells us that we can’t do something, that something is impossible, or that we do not have the skills to achieve something. This kind of thinking is simply not true, and it keeps us stuck. We all want things, but to get them, we have to believe in our ability to accomplish the steps it takes to get them. We have to change our thinking from “I can’t” to “of course I can.” What we believe, we can achieve, and we can. It is like the famous saying, “Whether you tell yourself you can, or you tell yourself you can’t, you’re right.” Read more

Why Do You Need to Work Hard and Smart at the Same Time

Munira Rangwala

We’ve often heard that it is always better to work smart than to work hard. But what is the difference? Do hard workers not work smartly? Or do smart people not work hard? All through school and college we’ve been told that it is important to burn the midnight oil in order to achieve something. You need to toil and sweat if you want to reach your goals. Then why suddenly are we being told to work smart instead of working hard? Being smart is about making the right decisions. If you make the correct choices and associate with the right people, you’ll move up the ladder faster. However, working hard and working smart are two sides of the same coin. Here’s why. Read more

4 Personal Development Goals You Should Be Setting

By Kris Duggan

When we break down the science of setting goals, a few things are clear: Goals should be measurable, relevant to how you want to progress in the short and long term, attainable, and bound to a period of time. And setting new goals for personal development periodically will help you grow in your career, whether you’re in an intern, a C-level executive or anyone in between.

People who ordinarily perform at 50 percent end up with an 80 percent success rate when they introduce goals to their work ethic, according to MIT professor and researcher Don Sull. And if you go just a little beyond setting goals—either by getting feedback or making those goals public—it’s even more likely you’ll achieve them. Fitbit found that its users take 43 percent more steps on average than those who aren’t counting their steps with a Fitbit. We can grow our own success, even with something as simple as taking more steps each day, if we simply set a goal and make our progress public. Read more

Daily Habits Of Successful People: It’s All About Routine

By Brian Tracy

The most successful people all have certain habits in their daily routines. These habits help contribute to their success and can be considered good habits to form for yourself.

It could also be something more elaborate such as spending most of your morning in bed like Winston Churchill. Churchill would wake up at 7:30am daily, eat breakfast, read his mail and newspaper until 11am. Read more

4 Ways to Empower Yourself in Work and Life

By Ajit Nawalkha

Success doesn’t happen by chance. It happens by choice. If you’re eager to achieve success in your life and business, it’s important to know the strategies, mindsets, and habits that pave the way to making your dreams a reality. As many know, this is easier said than done.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed when following one method after another to achieve your goals. Some people even end up giving up because it gets to be too much. Why bother running the race when there’s so much chaos to deal with even before you begin?

The most effective way to tackle the ongoing threat of being overwhelmed is to set aside external success formulas and start building personal qualities that get you moving toward your goals, no matter how confusing and chaotic things get. Here are the most powerful qualities you must cultivate to build and sustain success in your life and work: Read more

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