The mantra for success

1. Ownership: If you make a mess of a project, it means owning the chaos. If you give half-baked instructions to an employee and s/he does a poor job, it means taking responsibility for your failure to provide adequate direction and supervision.

2. Flexibility: Flexible people look for innovative solutions and consider a range of possibilities to solve problems. Even when the topic is controversial, they listen, weigh alternative points of view, and seldom resort to shouting or ideological power struggles.

3. Failure equals Feedback: Every time you make a mistake, disappoint or fall short of a goal, examine your performance for information that will enable you to self-correct so that next time you’ll perform better.

4. This is it! : Live in the present moment. Give 100 per cent attention and energy to the task at hand. When you feel your mind wandering or start to daydream, remind yourself, “This is it!” Also remember action is required to get things done.

5. Support/Interdependence: Every person has abilities and disabilities, skills and deficiencies. Respond when others need and want your support and reach out for support when you need it.

6. Persistence: Successful people persevere obstinately in pursuit of their goals. Their ability to persist despite hardships and setbacks is a critical factor in their success. To be effective, persistence must be tempered with feedback, flexibility and good judgment.

7. Focus: This is the ability to concentrate all of your attention and energy on the matter at hand — your purpose, goal, project, or problem. When truly focused, you perceive things clearly and distinctly. It also means distinguishing the important issue from less significant details.

8. Passion: When you pursue your goals passionately, the heat generated by your zeal can melt down even stubborn obstacles in your path. Devote yourself enthusiastically to a cause or ideal and promote it with tireless diligence.

9. Commitment: To be successful, develop a relationship with each and every goal and become emotionally and intellectually attached with it. Such commitment can stay your course through the high seas of setbacks, conflicts and self-doubt.

10. Vision: Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is greater than knowledge.” The ability to ima-gine your goals clearly, to see them in vivid detail may be as important as having the means to achieve them.