If you are interested in research and want to excel in your field. Then these are the simple basic measures that you need to concentrate on
Reading and having a visualisation of the concepts
Being open minded
Setting reasonable goals and targets and time line
Motivation - The most important thing as most of us lack this quality. Most of our ideas fail to get implemented because we never try beyond failures. Motivation overcomes this problem and helps us to persist in our efforts despite initial set backs.