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25 Experts Reveal the Best Advice to Achieve Any Goal

Understand Failure

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“Most people hate to fail, and for good reason—failure is no fun. But those who perform best do so by building up their weaknesses rather than ignoring them. A foundation of success is accountability. Take ownership of your failures. Question, learn, and acknowledge them, and then use that process to eliminate weaknesses and become better at what you do.” –Adam Bornstein, New York Times best-selling author and founder of Born Fitness

Protect Your Dreams

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“Often when you’re excited about pursuing your dreams, people in your life can resist your path. If you get hung up about this resistance, it will block your forward motion. When resistors show up in your life, disengage from their opposition. Say thank you for sharing and change the subject.” –Gabrielle Bernstein, motivational speaker, life coach, and author

Take Every Chance to Improve

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“Compartmentalize and think of every situation as its own opportunity. You'll be surprised by how many good choices add up and help you stay on the straight and narrow to achieve your goals.” –Keri Glassman, R.D., author of Slim, Calm, Sexy Diet and The O2 Diet

Make a Success List

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“The fastest way to accomplish a goal is to look back at previous successes, and the most successful leaders and professional athletes I've observed make success lists. Instead of writing a list of all you need to do, keep a running list of all the things you have done today. [Tweet this tip!] Our brain accelerates toward goals when we perceive progress and when we see that the finish line is close. That's why we speed up at 26.1 miles into a marathon.” –Shawn Achor, best-selling author of The Happiness Advantage and positive psychology researcher

Dare Yourself

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“Make it a point to challenge yourself daily while you work so you don't become bored with your craft, lose respect for your talent, or grow complacent with your skills. Remember there is always someone out there as good as you are in your field—you always stay up on your skills and education, and be one step ahead of your competitors.” –Patricia Yankee, celebrity nail designer

Adopt Tail Waggers

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“Keep positive people in your daily life who will cheer on your small successes or simply your presence, much like a dog will do when you arrive home from work.” –Jay Cardiello, celebrity fitness expert and SHAPE fitness editor-at-large

Strive for More

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“Never feel you’ve reached your goals. Don't ever give up on your dreams, and work toward making them a reality.” –José Eber, celebrity hairstylist

Be Self-Inspired

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“Look within and start by being really true to yourself, your talents, and your desires. Tune into you and tune out to the celebrity culture.” –Tracy Anderson, creator of the Tracy Anderson Method [Tweet her tip!]

Take the Easy Route

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“Success doesn't have to equal struggle. Sometimes ease is the quickest way to achievement—it may be the universe's way of guiding you. If you follow the path where everything comes easily, rather than trying to punch through brick walls and climb the tallest mountains all of the time, success comes much faster and much more pleasantly.” –Heidi Kristoffer, yoga instructor and part of the management and creative team at Strala Yoga in New York City

Think Logically

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“You can't achieve success, master a skill, or build friendships overnight, so be realistic about what it will really take time- and energy-wise to achieve your goal.” –Melina B. Jampolis, M.D., physician nutrition specialist and author of The Calendar Diet

Go After One Thing at a Time

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“Many people don't realize that they have one reserve to for their willpower; they don't have one for dieting, one for work, one for finances. This is why is it a bad idea to take on new challenging things in all different areas at once: Doing so will deplete your willpower reserve very fast because you'll need self-control for all these new areas in your life, and this will prevent you from being great in any one area. Focus on a single task in a single area of your life, and pour everything you have into it. Once you have momentum or have mastered that goal, move on to the next one.” –Mike Roussell, Ph.D., nutritional consultant and author of The 6 Pillars of Nutrition

Maintain Your Balance

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“Even though you have a goal in mind that you will work tirelessly for, remember that you are human and that everyone needs a rest. You know that statement that says to adjust your oxygen mask before helping others? That is absolutely true—get your oxygen before you can give to those around you.” –Mally Roncal, makeup artist and founder and president of Mally Beauty

Schedule Creative Time

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“I block out several hours every week on my calendar for ‘creative time.’ I turn off my phone and spend time writing and researching. I think it's really important to do these weekly sessions because they provide clarity about my brand and where I want it to go; this practice can help with any goal.” –Emily Morse, sex therapist, relationship advisor, and author

Know Your Final Destination

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“Keep in mind the differences you want to make in the world over the span of your whole life. That helps remind us that what happens on any given day is unlikely to matter too much: Daily advances and setbacks are just variations in the route. If the destination is clear, and you are committed to it, you will find a way. It may not be today, and it may not be the way you expect, but knowing where 'there' is and pursuing it relentlessly will generally get you there, come what may.” –David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center and author of Disease Proof

Think of Haters as Cheerleaders

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“It’s important not to feel discouraged by those who put you down or bully you. Let your haters be a source of motivation.” –Billy B., L’Oréal Paris consulting makeup artist [Tweet his tip!]

Tackle Tough Tasks First

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“I obsessively write my to-dos in a Moleskin notebook, and most importantly, I begin each day by identifying my top three priorities. Start with the hard stuff first—it may seem easy to knock those little to-dos off your list, but invest your time and energy in the things that matter most.” –Alexa von Tobel, founder and CEO of LearnVest.com and author of Financially Fearless

Do Something

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“Success occurs when you act on a good idea rather than just talk about it. Good ideas are abundant; it is the execution of the idea that realizes success.” –Jin Soon Choi, founder of JINsoon Nail Spas and JINsoon nail lacquer line

Break It Down

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“Break things into manageable steps. The big picture is important, but making sure you don’t get overwhelmed along the way makes a difference.” –Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., sleep expert and author of The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan

Consider Anything and Everything

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“Wait for fullness. Be creatively open to hearing and experiencing new ideas, even ones that may not seem viable. Go into conversations with an open mind, not a pre-existing set of ideas and decisions. Listen, wait, and the right decisions will become clear.” –Andy and Rachel Berliner (pictured with daughter Amy), founders of Amy’s Kitchen

Stand Out from the Crowd

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“Be daring and choose to be different, even if it's unpopular. Thinking uniquely will lead to exceptional outcomes, while doing things as others do will result in more of the same. Defy the norm, be curious, and don't accept the status quo.” –Jonathan Alpert, psychotherapist, executive coach, and author of Be Fearless: Change Your Life in 28 Days

Remember Humility

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“Be nice to the ‘little people.’ You don't get far in life if you think you are superior; you need to be humble.” –Keri Gans, R.D.N., author of The Small Change Diet

Put It in Black and White

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“Don’t just keep your goal in your head—write it down and your plan. Sometimes writing down your road map for executing your goal will help you evaluate where you may have holes and can sometimes help you visualize how to better go about reaching it and solving any problems.” –Barry Jay, co-founder of Barry’s Bootcamp

Pursue Your Passions

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“Connect passionate emotion with your goal. You can't just want it casually; you have to have your body, mind, and spirit engaged in it. And you have to be willing to do the actual everyday showing up to get it done!” –Christiane Northrup, M.D., board-certified ob-gyn and New York Times best-selling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

Specify

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“Goals such as ‘eat more healthfully,’ ‘exercise more,’ or ‘get more fun out of life’ are vague. Make it clear to yourself what you’re expecting from yourself. Goals such as ‘bring my lunch to work every day,’ ‘take a 20-minute walk after work,’ or ‘make a lunch date with a friend every Friday’ are easy to measure.” –Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

Buddy Up

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“Email a friend daily on your goal and what you are doing for it so that you have someone to whom you are vulnerable and accountable to.” –Michael Roizen, M.D., anesthesiologist, internist, award-winning author, and chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic