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Success in college, career and life is the result of a positive mindset plus the right skills and strategies. You must practice using your skills to develop them and to keep them sharp. Success rarely comes overnight, but is often the result of many small positive steps toward your goals.

  1. People with a growth mindset know that they can grow their brains and increase their talents and intelligence. They believe that effort leads to mastery. You can develop a growth mindset.
  1. Ask good questions to guide your mind in a positive direction.
  1. Link pleasure with the achievement of your goals, and link pain with avoidance of doing anything that prevents you from accomplishing your goals.
  1. Break your goals into manageable chunks and steps.
  1. If your actions are not supporting your goals and values, change them so that they do. Remember that a strong work ethic is one of the most important factors for success.
  1. Replace bad habits with good ones. Keep in mind that small positive habits consistently add up to successful results over time. Small negative habits cumulate into negative consequences and failures.
  1. There are multiple intelligences and you have several of these. Intelligence is not fixed and can be increased by learning new things and working your brain.
  1. You have your own preferred learning styles and can use them to play to your strengths.
  1. Time passes quickly and is precious. Act as if you do not have all the time in the world to accomplish the things that are important to you. None of us knows how much time we have left and even a long life goes by fast.
  1. Focus on one important task at a time instead of splitting and dividing your attention.
  1. Consider taking up a meditation practice to reduce stress.
  1. Teach yourself lessons in your textbooks in your own words.
  1. Use self-testing.
  1. Use a note-taking system and take notes in class.
  1. Attend all classes unless it is an absolute emergency and come to class on time. Start on assignments early, work steadily and turn them in on time.
  1. Link new information to familiar information for easier learning and recall.
  1. Money management. Balance spending on needs, wants and savings.
  1. Career. Use your self-knowledge to make career choices and be true to yourself. Find a need to fill what matters to you and what uses your best and favorite talents and skills.
  1. Health and wellness. Get enough sleep, exercise, good nutrition and water. Take time out to relax and reduce high levels of stress.
  1. Leadership is an art that can be learned and developed. It is the ability to influence others to bring out their best for a constructive, worthwhile and positive purpose.