Why are some successful and others not?

Why are some successful and others not?

That secret is called A.C.T.I.O.N.

How come some people seem to be successful,
Seem to achieve all their goals
Seem to realize their ideas…?
And others don’t?
Are you part of the first group?

Or do you know the secret to success?

The secret to success.
Doesn’t that sound sleazy and phony?
Is there really 1 secret?

And what is success anyway?

The answer to that is very personal.
This being said, I have been triggered by that concept almost my whole professional life.
That’s why I studied the subject in depth.
I read the books, whitepapers, and blogs,
I follow these so-called successful people,
I have interviewed successful and not so successful people.

And I have discovered there are 6 main success factors.

6 elements that separate the successful people from the others.
We’ve combined these 6 elements in our A.C.T.I.O.N. model.
A.C.T.I.O.N. has 6 letters – 6 success factors.
And combined, it all comes down to taking action.

Now I know you’ll probably be thinking:

“Boy, this is no rocket science.”

I know all this.

The question is: what do you do with this knowledge.

Do you put it into practice? And how?
Be honest to yourself.

  • Accountability & responsibility

Personal accountability isn’t a trait that people are born with, it’s a way of living that you can learn.
When you’re personally accountable, you take ownership of situations that you’re involved in.
You see them through, and you take responsibility for what happens – good or bad.
You don’t blame others if things go wrong. Instead, you do your best to make things right.

The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability.
They found that you have a 65% chance of completing a goal if you commit to someone.
And if you have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed, you will increase your chance of success by up to 95%.

Your turn: how will you become more personally accountable? And improve your success ratio?

  • Competence

Fortune 500 leaders spend about 30 minutes per day on Personal Development.
In other words, they spend 11.000 minutes per year on developing their skills, competences & knowledge.
Or 23 days (of 8 hours).

How much time do you spend on personal development?

Now beware:
These study results (conducted by the Internationa center for management and organization effectiveness)  suggest 30 minutes per day. Not 8 hours per day.
I still meet a lot of people who never get anything done because they never stop learning.
And that should not be the case either.

The idea is that you have to: LEARN – DO – LEARN – DO – LEARN – DO…

Your turn: what skills do you wish to master? Social media, sales, marketing, public speaking? … 

  • Target

Successful people set goals. Full stop.
Until a couple of years ago I never set goals.
I had some crazy reasons for that.

Anyway, write down your goals.
Share it with others.
And forget about starting with the SMART goals.
Dare to dream big first.

Your turn: what’s that dream goal of yours?

  • Implement


This is where it often goes wrong.
Way to often do we see our students energized, inspired,
They have new skills, new ideas
Good resolutions.
And then somehow, they never implement.
What a pitty.

Your turn: what are the 3 things you really need to do in order to move your major projects forward?

  • Overcome limiting beliefs and excuses.

Another major reason why people are not successful.
They never start or they never finish.
And all because of limiting beliefs and silly excuses.
Question is: how can you get rid of these excuses?

Answer: CALL ME 🙂 +32 478 39 02 69

Your turn: what’s your excuse that is preventing you from moving forward?

  • Navigation plan

Imagine this…
You’re on holiday in la Provence
and you are really hungry.
There’s nothing in the fridge yet.
You start dreaming…
Dreaming about ice cream.
About “la coupe surpise” – 10 scoops – 10 different flavours.

You know where to get it. Near the Mont Ventoux in a village called Bédoin.
But how can you get there? Without wasting too much time.
You are terribly hungry, remember?


  1. You have to know where you are now. Duh!
  2. You have to know your destination.
  3. You look for a map
  4. And/or a guide. Someone who knows the fastest route to the village.

That’s what we mean by a navigation plan.
I can help you with your plan and I’d be happy to be your guide.

Your turn: What’s your secret to success? Let us know in the comment box below.

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