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Last Updated on November 27, 2020

15 Characteristics of High Achievers You Need to Know

15 Characteristics of High Achievers You Need to Know

Looking at a high achiever or someone successful in life, you may always think, “I wish I could be like that!” But little do you know about the person’s struggle to achieving all that and more. High achievers have many characteristics that help them attain everything they want — it isn’t based on luck. So, find out what they are below to become a part of the club!

1. Action-Oriented

The people who wish to achieve something are always action-oriented. When they feel like work needs to be done, they do it without asking too many questions and ensure that the work is done on time.[1]

Driven by the outcome and the determination always to keep moving, high achievers try to figure out all the possible solutions for their work beforehand. They may not ever get it right, but they will keep trying until they do.

2. Optimistic

Optimism has a lot to do with how you perceive the world.

For high achievers, optimism comes naturally. They focus on what is good and offer good vibes in return. Being optimistic leads to a better mindset that everyone needs to fulfill their goals.

If you are always pessimistic, then you’ll restrict yourself from achieving everything you can. By remembering that you are not your negative thoughts and taking up a more positive outlook on life and everything involved, you will be set to achieve anything.[2]

3. Visionary

High achievers create a plan for long-term goals and focus on it. You will find them going back and forth from the present to their planned future quickly.

It is easy to do this because of their well-drafted plans. With clarity and focus, you can also envision yourself doing different things in life and work towards them.

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4. Output-Focused

While every action doesn’t result in a great outcome, high achievers will continue to strive for an improved focal point. By focusing on that, you can streamline the process to make things easier for yourself. That’s the only way to find clarity.

If you’re unsure about what you want from life, then you will be confused for years.[3] High achievers have their lives figured out mainly because they are output-driven. So, it is time to start focusing on the output you are producing.

5. Clutter-Free

High achievers make sure that both their homes and brains are clutter-free. Living in a messy surrounding lowers productivity, and that ultimately affects your ability to achieve your goals.

If you want to become a high achiever, clean your surroundings all the time. By living a clutter-free life, you feel more organized and productive.

6. Flexible

When you aspire to achieve incredible things, then you must be open to all sorts of change. Your life will not always be simple, and you are bound to experience many changes. Besides, high achievers are flexible enough to adapt to any environment.

By doing so, you can work towards your success in any condition possible. Try different things and test yourself in various situations to realize how to walk out of them with your goals achieved.

7. Accepting

With a positive mindset, high achievers also make sure that they are future-centered. Though they don’t forget the ups and downs in their past lives, they accept things and move forward.

If you’re bogged down with previous experiences, you’re letting memories consume too much of your time.

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Rather than revisiting history frequently, you need to face your issues head-on. Accept what already happened and then move past it.

8. Go-Getter

There is no stopping for high achievers. They deal with exponential growth because they do not like being slowed down!

Working on improving yourself in different dimensions helps ensure that you are growing.

Self-development is essential. You should always learn how to do that to achieve the goals that you have set for yourself.

9. Opportunity Seeker

If you ever wonder how someone gets from the lower level of the hierarchy up to the top, it is all because of their attitude towards opportunities.

Never underestimate what the world has to offer you. Be keen on availing different chances since you never know how they can benefit you.

High achievers are always on a lookout for new and better opportunities for themselves, and you need to follow their lead!

10. Lack of Comparisons

When it comes to achieving goals, it is best to avoid comparing yourself to others. Doing so will only put you down instead of lifting your spirits. After all, you will feel incompetent and not good enough.

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Don’t compete with others’ achievements but focus on your growth. High achievers only compare the current version of themselves to the old ones to how far they have come.

11. Disciplined

An essential thing that almost every high achiever focuses on is self-discipline. It doesn’t mean that they don’t know how to have fun. In truth, they do, but it’s in a more balanced way.

Practice moderation, and stay disciplined. Set your daily routine and avoid wasting your time for pointless activities too frequently. Otherwise, your life can get messy in more ways than one.

Here’s an interesting read for you: 5 Daily Habits Of High Achievers

12. Eager to Learn

Learning is a part of life that high achievers always want to make the most of. They never say no to learning new things, considering it helps them grow as a person and gain different skills.

Learning proves to be beneficial for anyone who wishes to expand their thinking. It will also allow you to focus on achieving your goals.

13. Doer

One of the main issues that people face is procrastination. They use it as an excuse for everything.

High achievers, on the other hand, don’t fall prey to this notion and do their work earlier than anyone else.

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You can become a doer by making up your mind about your goal of becoming a high achiever. Focus on why you should do your work and find the motivation to start at the right time.

14. Intrinsically Motivated

When it comes to motivation, high achievers are motivated from within. They have goals set and think of how they can achieve them. No one else is encouraging them to do anything other than themselves.

Find your motivation by thinking about the things you wish to achieve. Let me reiterate: there’s no better person to motivate you but yourself!

Dig deep and think about what you have always wanted to do and create a path of your own.

15. Helpful

If you assume that high achievers only work for themselves, you’re wrong. Since they focus on the outcome, they excel in providing incredible products or services to others.

Moreover, high achievers also create opportunities for people who wish to excel in life. With their motivation to do better, they aim to help other individuals along the way.

So, no, high achievers are working for themselves alone. They act like a boomerang for the community as they come full circle.

Final Thoughts

High achievers create a successful life for themselves — it isn’t handed to them on a silver platter.

It is up to you to mold your personality accordingly. Take small steps and incorporate these characteristics into your life to become a high achiever.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2021

10 Willpower Hacks to Help Achieve Your Goals

10 Willpower Hacks to Help Achieve Your Goals

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Willpower is essential to the accomplishment of anything worthwhile.” – Brian Tracy

“Just do it.” – Nike

The most important and satisfying things in life usually aren’t the easiest ones.

The good news: In today’s hyper-connected world, we have access to all the information we could want to help us achieve our future goals. We know what foods will make us healthier (would kale or quinoa be as popular without the internet and Dr. Oz? I think not). We can also estimate for ourselves the benefits of starting retirement savings early – and the implications for the lifestyles of our future selves (that boat at 65 means fewer vacations in your 20’s).

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We almost always know what we should do thanks to endless knowledge at our fingertips. But actually doing it is an entirely different kind of challenge. Most of us can relate to that feeling of inertia at the start of a big project, or the struggle to consistently make good, long-term choices for our health, or saving for the future. This mental tug-of-war we experience has evolutionary roots. While knowing this might bring comfort, it doesn’t help solve the problem at hand:

How can we flex our willpower to become better, faster, smarter, and stronger?

The bad news: you can’t Google your way out of this one.

Or can you? A fascinating body of research (much of which you can turn up online through popular press and academic articles) sheds light on how to hack your willpower for better, easier results in all areas of your life. The Willpower Instinct, a great book by Stanford prof Kelly McGonigal, provides a deep dive into these and more topics for anyone keenly interested.

Here’s the short version: we can make the most of our willpower through two types of hacks. First, there are ways to turbo boost your willpower. Second, there are ways to hack the system so you make the best use of whatever (sometimes infinitely modest) willpower you have.

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The following 10 tips draw on both of these toolkits.

1. Slow the heck down.

Most regrettable decisions (the splurge at the mall, the procrastination on the project, the snacks in the break room) happen when one part of our brain effectively hijacks the other. We go into automatic pilot (and unfortunately the pilot in question has a penchant for shoes, Facebook and cookies!). Researchers suggest that we can override this system by charging up the other. That is, slow down and focus on the moment at hand. Think about your breathing. Bring yourself back to this moment in time, feel the compulsion but don’t act on it yet. Try telling yourself, “If this feeling is still just as uncomfortable in 10 minutes, I’ll act on it.” Take a little time to be mindful – then make your decision.

2. Dream of ‘done.’

Imagine yourself handing in the big project, soaking up the appreciation from your colleagues or boss. Or crossing the finish line for the half-marathon you’ve always wanted to run. The rush, the aliveness, the wind on your face, the medal …

That’s a lot more fun and motivating to think about than how much work it is to get out of bed for your long, Sunday morning run!

Re-orient your brain by summoning more motivating feelings than just “not running this morning is more enjoyable than running this morning.” If your goals are meaningful, this will help.

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3. Make your toughest choices first.

Scientists have found that willpower is like a full bathtub that’s drained throughout the day. So, why not start your toughest challenges when you have a full reserve? Get that project started or fit that workout in before you even check your email or have breakfast. Bonus: the high you’ll get from crossing off your hardest ‘to-do’ will help you sail through the rest of your day.

4. Progress = commitment, not a license to backslide.

A lot of times people will ‘cheat’ right after taking positive steps towards their goals. (A common version of this trap is, “I worked out three days in a row, so I deserve this cookie.”) Most of us can relate to this thinking – but it’s totally irrational! We’ll often trick ourselves into setbacks because we think we deserve them, even if we don’t really want them and deep down we know they’ll work against us in the long-run.

How can you counteract this effect? Research finds that if you use your positive streak to recommit (“If I worked out three days this week, I must be really committed to my health and fitness goal!”) rather than an excuse for wiggle room, we don’t take the same cheat options. Cool, right?

5. Meditate.

Meditation is an expressway to better willpower. Bringing your attention to your breathing for 15 minutes, or even five, flexes your willpower muscles by applying discipline to your thinking. It does this by working two mental ‘muscle groups’: first, the set of muscles that notice when your attention is drifting, and second, the set of muscles that bring you back to your task at hand. Over time, even small amounts of meditation will help you build the discipline to easily do what was once hard – like pushing through a long stretch at work.

6. Set mini-goals.

Which seems more doable: committing to three 20 minute runs this week or a half-marathon? Mini-goals are brilliant because they’re easier to achieve and boost your commitment to continuing. When we size them up, we see them as achievable rather than daunting. Each time you succeed at one, it boosts your sense of efficacy and personal integrity: not only are you capable of doing what you set out to do, but you followed through on it. Nice.

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The beauty of mini-goals is that over time, mini-goals – and the momentum you’ve built by doing them – can quickly turn into super-goals. So that half marathon might be more likely to happen, and sooner and more easily than you think!

7. Eat.

Low blood sugar decreases your ability to make tough decisions. If you’re running on empty physically, you’ll also be running on empty mentally. (Yes, this one’s somewhat ironic if your goal involves changing food patterns – but even so, letting your blood sugar drop too far will only sabotage you over time.)

8. Sleep.

Research shows people who don’t get enough sleep have a tough time exercising their willpower. Sleep is critical for a healthy brain – along with just about everything else. So to optimize your willpower muscle, make sure you’re catching your zzz’s.

9. Nix the self-sabotage.

Making yourself feel bad hurts, rather than helps, your willpower efforts. Researchers have found that compassion is a far better strategy than tough love – telling yourself “It’s OK, everyone has setbacks sometimes,” will help you bounce back more quickly than negative self-talk.

10. Take the first hard step.

As a new behavior becomes a habit, it is more natural. You have to use less and less willpower to ‘make it so.’ When you’re starting a new pattern that feels hard, remind yourself that the first steps are truly the hardest. It will probably never feel harder than it does in those first few choices. In the case of repeated behaviors, like exercise or saving money, it takes weeks for new habits to take hold. By that point, the habit will be so ingrained, you’d have to try hard not to do it.

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