Folks who make things happen have a purpose and a plan. Their plan get modified based on the environment they are in and new information, just as good coaches make in-game adjustments. Set your direction toward your goals, and like the GPS in an automobile, adjust it as needed to achieve your desired results. Experience Counts Like most people, education likely played a role in forming your professional personality. Like myself and many of my colleagues, attending an outstanding university did more than refine an academic skill set, but gave me the experience of learning discipline, teamwork and attention to detail. A decent education and life experience that goes along with it is an enduring asset, providing a strong foundation for lifelong success and the know-how to get things done. Decisiveness Life is about making decisions, and decisiveness is one trait that certainly gets things done. Sometimes, we think the decisions we make are life shattering, and that we always have to have the right answer: no exceptions. The truth is, there are few situations in life that are critical. If you make a bad decision, you always have the opportunity to make another one down the road. Decisions are like tree branches: if you grab the wrong one, simply reach for another and keep weaving your way towards the top. While you may not be right, at least you will have moved forward. Perfection Is Not The End Goal, Effort Is Someone pretty smart once said to me, “I would rather have an 80 percent decision today than a 100 percent decision that I never make, because I’m always seeking perfection.” Everything isn’t always going to work as planned. However, if you make enough positive decisions and put forth the effort, odds are you’ll do fine. Unfortunately, there are fewer people willing to work hard, than there are who are happy to sit on the sidelines. There’s no question: success builds self-confidence. But like John Madden reminds us, if you strive to be the type of person who gets things done, you have to work for it. Chances are, with a game plan, experience, a decisive nature, and effort, you’ll find that success is hard to avoid.