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15 Characteristics of High Achievers You Need to Know

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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.

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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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Published on October 14, 2021

How to Silence the Impostor Syndrome

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How to Silence the Impostor Syndrome

Do you ever worry about being exposed as a “fraud?” You’re not alone. It’s actually quite common for people to feel like imposters. In fact, approximately 70 percent of people admit to having experienced impostor syndrome[1] at some point in their lives — a Twitter poll found that 87 percent of people have experienced this.[2] Even successful and famous people like Tom Hanks, Howard Schultz, and Natalie Portman suffer from imposter syndrome.

But, what exactly is imposter syndrome. And, more importantly, how can you silence it?

Originally coined in 1978 by psychologists Pauline Rose Clance, Ph.D., ABPP, and Suzanne Imes, Ph.D., the term “impostor syndrome” describes symptoms that include being unable to internalize accomplishments and being afraid of being exposed as a fraud.

The individual may also be plagued by chronic self-doubt and believe that they’re unqualified for success despite evidence to the contrary. Inadequacies, fears of failure, and disbelief that success is a matter of luck or timing are also common.

If you don’t address this phenomenon, feeling like an impostor can prevent you from achieving ambitious goals. Moreover, those experiencing these feelings tend to over-prepare or procrastinate — which obviously hinders productivity and reaching goals. And, as if that weren’t bad enough, imposter syndrome prevents you from pursuing new challenges and opportunities.

Do you feel like you’re suffering from impostor syndrome? If so, don’t beat yourself up. After all, there are effective ways to overcome these feelings in a healthy and proactive way.

1. Don’t Hide It.

“Firstly, acknowledge it,” advises Claudine Robson,[3] the Intentional Coach. “You give strength to imposter syndrome by letting it continue to peck away at your confidence unchecked.” It can only be banished if you acknowledge it as soon as possible and break the silence.

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“Then you need to separate your feelings from facts,” Robson adds. “One thing imposter syndrome does very effectively is to mix up your perceptions of reality.”

If you can, take a step back and look at the situation objectively. “Recognize when you should — and when you should not — feel fraudulent,” she says. Appreciate and acknowledge the task, intellect, and insight that have led to your success.

You might even be able to take action by recognizing that the reason you feel fraudulent is that you’re new to a task. “That gives you a path forward; learning is growth, don’t deny yourself that.”

2. Implement the STOP Technique

In her book Cognitive Enlightenment, Melinda Fouts, Ph.D., outlines a technique to overcome imposter syndrome using what she calls the STOP technique.

“STOP is an acronym for ‘silence the oppressive player,” Fouts explains in Forbes.[4] “You need to eradicate this tape that is playing 24/7, whether you are conscious of it or not. It plays loudest when we are tired, hungry, or feeling defeated.”

Steps to implementing the STOP technique and rewiring your brain are as follows:

To replace the tape of not good enough, you need a “launch sentence.” “I’m more than good enough” would is an example of a solid launch statement.

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Put your launch sentence in prominent locations, such as your car’s dashboard or computer. How come? The reason is that as the tape plays, you won’t be able to remember your launch statement.

Continue to say “stop” until you recall your launch sentence, says Fouts.

Put your launch sentence into your own words and pontificate.

While going about your daily tasks, like while driving or exercising, practice your launch sentence so you can recall it when you need it in the future.

“I am told this sounds simple and it does,” she adds. However, this technique is challenging when your negative tape is playing. You will not want to replace the tape every day while your brain is rewiring itself. “It is these moments you can’t give up.”

3. Distinguish Humility and Fear

When it comes to hard work and accomplishments, there’s humility, and then there’s fear. In other words, having a high level of competence can lead one to discount its value occasionally. However, as Carl Richards wrote in an article for the New York Times,[5] “After spending a lot of time fine-tuning our ability, isn’t it sort of the point for our skill to look and feel natural?”

The problem is that we feel unworthy from time to time. But, as Seth Godin explained in a blog post,[6] “When you feel unworthy, any kind response, positive feedback or reward feels like a trick, a scam, the luck of the draw.”

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Feeling worthy without feeling entitled is possible. And, finding the right balance between them is critical for overcoming impostor syndrome. “Humility and worthiness have nothing at all to do with defending our territory,” Godin continues. “We don’t have to feel like a fraud to also be gracious, open, or humble.”

4. Keep a “Brag Sheet”

When you were sending out college applications, did you build yourself a “brag sheet?” If not, here’s a clean description from Shawna Newman,[7] “A brag sheet is very similar to a student resume – it highlights your accomplishments, key experiences, leadership skills, and employment throughout your secondary education.” In short, “it’s a quick reference guide with all the details and achievements for someone trying to get to know you better.”

While it may be awkward at first, you can apply the same concept when coping with imposter syndrome. Just compose a list of your accomplishments, activities, skills. That’s it. Just remember Godin’s advice and also be humble and gracious.

As an added perk, besides being an effective way to talk myself up, I’ve also found that this has helped me stop comparing myself to others. Instead of harping about other people’s milestones, I’m honing in on what I’ve done.

5. Celebrate Wins, Period

Speaking of accomplishments, they shouldn’t be categorized as small or big. After all, you feel as if you don’t belong when you have imposter syndrome. So, the more you celebrate your wins, the more confident you’ll become.

Furthermore, accept compliments without qualifying them and practice listening to praise every day. Finally, become kinder to yourself by saying at least one kind thing to yourself daily. And, give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back.

6. Assemble a Legion of Superheroes

“You know how corporations have a board of directors to — in theory — make them stronger, maintain checks and balances, leverage resources, and help advance the organization’s vision?” asks inspirational speaker, speaking coach, and creative consultant Tania Katan.[8] “Why not assemble your own board of directors to leverage resources to help make your career stronger, keep you in check and balanced, and advance your vision?”

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“My friend Alison Wade, president of conferences, training, and consulting at Techwell, calls her personal board of directors her “front-row” — those are the people she invites to sit spitting distance from the stage, cheer her on, challenge her, and review her performance,” Katan writes.

As for Katan, she calls hers a “legion of superheroes.” The reason? “I dig the idea of joining forces to do good in the corporate galaxy.”

It’s important to have a diverse group of individuals who will defend you. Ideally, they should be varied in all dimensions, such as cultural background, way of thinking, and skills.

Katan recommends that you meet together frequently, whether if that’s once a week or every quarter. “Share your experiences, fears, creative ideas, aspirations,” she adds. “Celebrate each other’s accomplishments.” You also need to both support and challenge each other. “Discover what you are capable of doing when you combine your powers.”

7. Visualize Success

Follow the example of a professional athlete by imagining yourself crushing that presentation or project. You’ll enjoy the relief from performance-related stress. And, more importantly, it can help you avoid focusing on the worst-case scenario.

Final Words of Advice

While there’s no single formula to cure imposter syndrome, the tips listed above are a start. After all, your success depends on your ability to fight the negative effects of it. For example, feeling unworthy over time can lead to crippling anxiety and depression if left untreated.

If you’ve tried the above, then make sure that you speak to someone about what you’re experiencing, whether it’s a mentor, peer group, or licensed professional. And, above all else, there’s a place at the table for everyone — no matter what your inner voice is telling you.

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How to Silence the Impostor Syndrome was originally published on Calendar by John Rampton.

Featured photo credit: Laurenz Kleinheider via unsplash.com

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