Follow these tips and make sure you live up to your career potential:

1. Motivation is everything. The talent you possess in your career can be irrelevant if you’re not motivated to use it. Getting satisfaction from a job well done will result in consistent performance and career longevity.

2. Think it through. Impulsiveness can get in the way of your optimal performance. The first solution you come up with might not always be the best, so bring your full intellectual resources to bear on a problem and translate your thought into action. Avoid becoming hopelessly enmeshed in details and make sure you stay focused on the big picture.

3. Don’t give up. Perseverance can be the equivalent of preservation. Spend less time focusing on the problem and direct your energy toward overcoming the issues.

4. Translate thought into action. You come up with great ideas so do something about them!  Initiate that project and don’t depend on others to accomplish what you should be tackling yourself. Avoiding the challenge won’t help you reach your peak performance.

5. You can’t take it all on. Spreading yourself too thin by undertaking more than your fair share can result in fewer tasks being completed on time.

6. Maintain your perspective. Let’s face it, life is going to happen. You’re going to experience ups and downs, joys and sorrows. It’s often difficult, but learning to put your personal difficulties aside will help you focus on the work at hand and maintain a better balance.

7. Procrastination = missed opportunities. If you find yourself unable to act without a certain amount of pressure or in search of minor tasks in order to avoid the big ones, you need to regain your focus. Distractions inevitably lead to reduced levels of accomplishment.

8. Get to know yourself. A lack of self-confidence can gnaw away at your ability to get things done and can ultimately become a self-fulfilling prophecy. On the other side of that coin, know where your strengths lie and be willing to admit when you might be wrong or in need of self-improvement.