Seven "C's" To Achievement

Over the years, I have found that there are so many extraordinary words that begin with the letter "C". It's not that other letters don't have amazing words, but using words beginning with the letter "C", as a guide to action, can open the door to making positive changes both professionally and personally.


We all have the ability to make choices. Recognize that you have choices instead of allowing someone else to make them for you.

For example, if you have a constant influx of phone calls and interruptions from clients, managers or associates who need something from you "right now", you can choose how you respond.

First and foremost: Determine your options.

Do you take the "need it right now" at face-value or do you ask questions and find out why there is a rush for it? Do you find an appropriate place to stop what you are currently working on or abruptly stop what you are doing knowing you shouldn't stop? Do you look at the tasks you want to get done that day and adjust your schedule? Taking this step frees your mind of other items pending on your to do list.

You have choices.

  • Choose how you react
  • Choose to make improvements or stay status quo
  • Choose to take responsibility


Determine the power you have over your circumstances. Do you have the control to make changes? Want to change jobs, lose weight, exercise more, spend more time with your family, take more time for yourself, or get a promotion? Keep your thoughts directed on what you want -- thoughts and attitude can make the difference between success and failure.

For example, instead of asking, "When do you need this by", suggest to someone, "I can get this to you XXX day...will that work?"

Here are two wonderful quotes to help illustrate the point:

"It's essential to distinguish between events that are really beyond your control and events you caused yourself." Barbara Sher

"You don't get to control any outcome, only every choice you make along the way."Stephen C. Paul


First and foremost, make a promise to yourself. Your obligation is to you. Without a genuine commitment to achieve a result -- you will find yourself trying. Trying is nice but it's an escape route from making something happen. Do more than just try, make the commitment!


Make changes to what you are currently doing by taking action - small, doable, next steps! Without action, you are not going anywhere.


Allow processes of improvement, achievement and change to not only happen but to succeed by establishing consistency in your habits and routines.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle


Dare to find alternatives to the conventional -- look to your imagination.


A can-do approach will get you to achieve and see results. Say YES!

These seven "C's" are compelling words that can lead to powerful results. You have the power. Take an opportunity and give yourself a chance ... a little time ... See? You cando it!

Posted on June 4, 2014 and filed under Articles.