- Get specific.
- Seize the moment to act on your goals.
- Know exactly how far you have left to go.
- Be a realistic optimist.
- Focus on getting better, rather than being good.
- Have grit.
- Build your willpower muscle.
- Don't tempt fate.
- Focus on what you will do, not what you won't do.
More at Dr. Halvorson's blog: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/02/nine_things_successful_people.html