It is such a massive field involving psychology, sociology, biology and other subjects that pinpointing exactly what makes some people successful while others lag behind or why we are more likely to achieve performance heights in certain fields but not others is a hassle. Biology tends to focus on our genetic inheritance and everything that our ancestors equip us with in terms of innate talents and limitations. Sociology might foreground the ability to manage our societal relations as we need to rely on others to pursue our goals. Psychology would normally take a more focused look at our inner thought processes and how they shape our chances of success. Other fields have a lot to chip in here, too. Keynote speakers are quick to identify reasons why some people become successful while others not, so let us give some of them a voice.
Very often, what gets mentioned as first in connection with the ability of people to breed success is setting very specific goals, rather than leaving them obscure. Our brains and bodies respond much more compellingly to plans which include a range of details, from specific time, location and others. A specific road map makes progress less of a struggle with the unknown and takes a burden of processing certain information away as it is clearly defined at the beginning.
Planning is also of primary importance because it makes it possible to see and react to opportunities, rather than let them slip through your fingers. We are often disappointed by good chances slipping through our fingers, often a consequence of not giving enough thought to the entire process.
Another related aspect is monitoring progress as you proceed towards attaining your final goals. When there are milestones you can use for orientation and when you can say with some accuracy how much ground is left to cover before you get to the final destination, you can control the process more easily.
Motivational speakers would also recommend going beyond the planning and detailing stage to seek some extra drive. Positive attitude and enthusiasm are key components that glue together separate parts of the process and make them fit together and flow along. As obstacles are a sure companion, positive thinking is a bulwark against tension they are bound to create.
Many a keynote speaker speak of willpower as something that has to be in place in sufficient amounts for a project or goal to end in success. It is best to see it as a muscle that requires constant training to remain in shape. If you let it wither, it is not going to sustain your efforts due to its weakness.
Another tip is that focusing on action is always better than getting stuck with wondering about lack of action. In practice, it means that you should try to focus on what you can do, rather than on what you cannot do.
Finally, after every success, it is time to review and celebrate it.