High achievers aren’t necessarily smarter than the average person. They just do a few things that the average person doesn’t do.
Key Traits Of High Achievers
When you look at high achieving individuals in life and business the common thread among them is possessing the following key traits: taking 100% responsibility of your life, having a clear vision and defined goals and personal discipline.
Living a life of success and abundance comes down to the choices we make. If you can dream it you can achieve it. You were born to make a difference in this world and to live a life abundance, not a life of lack. But in order to have the life of success you desire you must apply the same principles that other successful, high achieving people have used. These are the key traits of high achievers.
1. Take 100% Responsibility
High achievers take 100% responsibility for every aspect of their lives. At first this may be a difficult concept for you to grasp. However, when you take 100% responsibility of everything in your life you place yourself in a position of power to change the things that aren’t working for you, more fully enjoy the things that are working and most importantly you empower yourself to change and create the life you desire.
While you cannot control all things that happen in your life, you do have full control over how you respond to those things and the action you take to make things better.
So if you are unhappy with the job or income you have, change it. This may be scary but through discomfort comes growth and the chance for a brighter more fulfilling future. I also promise you that as you take those steps to change your life for the better you will receive the mentors, teachers and resources you need to accomplish those things at the time you need them.
Responsibility and Accountability
Taking 100% responsibility means you also need to hold yourself accountable to yourself and to your word. Holding yourself accountable is an empowering trait requiring you to be honest with yourself and others. Living a life of honesty is very freeing because you live a life of transparency, avoiding the shadows and heavy burden of broken promises to yourself and others. Doing what you say and saying what you do raises your self image, your self-worth and will improve how others perceive you. People will begin to know and trust you. Then people will be more open to listening to what you have to share. They may even want to join your business or buy from you.
If your business or your team isn’t performing at the level you want, don’t blame outside factors. Take full responsibility to figure out what you need to do to create the success you desire for your business and for your team.
2. Clear Vision and Defined Goals
High achievers are extremely goal oriented. They have a clear vision for where they are going along with detailed goals for every aspect of their life.
Your goals define the pathway to the success you are going to create in your life. If you don’t have goals and a strategic plan to hit those goals you will be like a ship in the storm without a navigator or a compass, being crashed against rocks and lost at sea.
To achieve the level of success you desire you must have your goals written down. You need to strategize a written plan into small workable increments defined as your daily method of operation. Then each day you work your plan, track your daily activities and measure your progress toward hitting your goals. Then adjust your plan based on your results. Remember, people over estimate what they will achieve in 12 months, but under estimate what they will achieve in 5 years.
Hal Elrod, author of Miracle Morning, shares how to set and achieve goals to create a level 10 life in his 30 Day Transfermational Challenge Workbook. I highly recommend both the book and the workbook to help you with your daily routine and in setting and reaching your goals.
3. Personal Discipline
High achievers are extremely disciplined. You need to have the daily habits that will sharpen your skills and help you create a success-focused mindset.
Start each day by investing in yourself with personal growth activities then evaluate yourself and asking how you can do better today. Reflect on the things you are doing well and build upon them while identifying those areas where there is opportunity and growth, and those areas that you need to improve in.
You are either growing and dying. High achievers are always learning and growing.
Winning in business and in life isn’t about doing a million things, it’s being smarter and intentional with your time and resources. It’s having a success mindset and focus where you do just a few focused things that make a difference, where you continue to perfect those things each and every day.
Leaders Are Readers
A great book I highly recommend is Stephen Covey’s Steven Covey: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Power Lessons In Personal Change. The author takes you through a “paradigm shift”–a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. This affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your “proactive muscles” (acting with initiative rather than reacting), and much more.
Discipline And Habits
If You Don’t Control Your Daily Habits They Will Control You
Having the daily discipline to do those things that the average person just won’t do is what will set you apart from the mediocre, pointing you on the pathway to success and high achievement.
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