In an article posted on, Jeff Haden writes that the most successful people have certain mantras in their lexicons that they consistently repeat and strive to live by.

Here is his take on 9 success mantras he believes everyone, including meeting planners, should adopt.

1. “No one else is willing to do that…so that’s what I will do.”

Differentiate yourself from the pack by consciously choosing to do what others are unwilling to do. Each day pick something, no matter how simple or small, and do it. In a short amount of time, you will stand out.

2. “Wow. That wasn’t so bad after all.”

Overcome fear by taking on a task that’s a little scary. You will be pleasantly surprised when you succeed, and that will build your confidence for attacking other projects.

3. “I can’t do everything today…but I can take one small step.”

Projects can sometimes appear overwhelming. Don’t let hesitation or uncertainty get in your way. The first step may be challenging, but successive steps will prove easier.

4. “I should just be quiet.”

Don’t fall into the trap of speaking when you have nothing constructive to add to a conversation. Oftentimes the most confident remain silent.

5. “I don’t care what other people think.”

Constantly worrying about what others might think will prevent you from accomplishing goals. If you truly believe in something, don’t let others influence your actions.

6. “I’ll show you.”

An insult can fuel your motivation to prove someone wrong. In the process, you will achieve what you want and bolster your success.

7. “It’s not perfect…and I’m OK with that.”

Nothing is ever perfect. When you accept that and let perfection go, you will actually accomplish more. Others will tell you what needs to be improved, and you can then deliver on that.

8. “I should have done better.”

Although they know they are not perfect, successful people always believe they can be better. Step back each day and analyze ways in which you could improve. Take ownership and strive to do better tomorrow.

9. “That’s OK. I’ll just outwork them.”

Don’t underestimate the power of your own effort and persistence. Use them to your competitive advantage.

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