If you want to improve your life, and you want to improve it right now!

You have to to be to develop good habits.

These good habits need to be positive, accumulative and directive.

Change rarely comes without extensive effort over time, but in the long run, time you spend growing good habits will pay off well because the behavior that helps you succeed becomes automatic.

Here are 16 habits to work on. Prioritize and focus on a few at a time with the idea that you're serious about improving your life right now.

1. Share what you know.

Success emerges from what you know and how you share it. Let go of worrying about what you don't know or are unsure of and make a habit of confidently telling what you know.

2. Embrace positive thoughts.

It's one of the few things you can absolutely control: Your thoughts. Discipline yourself to notice when you're slipping into negativity and steer yourself back to the positive.

3. Cultivate a beginner's mind.

The expert's mind may have certainty, but the beginner's mind is filled with possibility. And success comes to those who allow themselves to be open to new things--always learning, always listening, always growing.

4. Engage in immediate action.

Think about that project you've been putting off, that business you keep thinking about, that venture you're afraid to begin. Think about what you need to do and then do it without hesitation. Action leads to success.

5. Stay the course.

If you want to be successful, you can't let short-term failure bring you down--no matter how many times it happens. When you fall, get right back up and keep trying.

6. Don't ask permission.

Success comes to you when you take your life in your own hands and make it happen. The only permission you need to be happy and successful is your own.

7. Celebrate your obstacles.

Success is about learning from failures and moving forward. Learn to celebrate failure as a teacher.

8. Be open to epiphanies.

Learn to trust your insights about the past and your intuition about the future. Staying open is the easy part; the trick is learning to let go of the need to make things more complicated than they are.

9. Don't let others define you.

Don't allow anyone else to tell you who you are and what you want. If you live by someone else's definition, you'll never be able to live into your own opinions. Success comes to those who know who they are and what they want

10. Be kind to yourself.

Many of us tend to be hard on ourselves, but if you want to improve your life, if you want to succeed, you have to learn to cut yourself some slack. When you make a mistake, treat yourself with the kindness you'd show to your best friend.

11. Keep your promises.

People with good intentions make promises, but people with good character always keep them. Your promises should be as binding as a contract.

12. Look for admirable contemporaries.

In every situation, look for people you can admire. Let them know that you appreciate what they do, and share in their enthusiasm. Successful people surround themselves with people they resonate with.

13. Battle your demons.

Find the warrior within you and hold off the things that are keeping you back. Stand your ground and fight for control of your life.

14. Give yourself credit.

Focus on the things you do right and give yourself credit where it's due. Cultivate the habit of respecting yourself to help you remember deserve the best.

15. Stand in your power.

If you want to succeed, refuse to allow others to make decisions for you or tell you what you really want. Be strong in yourself. Live in your power.

16. Be appreciative.

It's easy to get so caught up in everyday activities that you forget to express your gratitude. To be acknowledged and thanked can make someone's day or even change a life. And success follows those who know how to show appreciation.