As you should have money to be rich, similarly you should have some traits of successful people to be successful. Irrespective of your goals and definition of success the traits explained below are important to succeed in life. As Tony Robins put it very clear “In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.” Let’s discuss the 30 traits of highly successful people that can make you also successful.
Write down and visualize goals
Imagine you received a call from Dubai ministry congratulating you for winning a chance to visit Dubai. How privileged you are!. However, you have not received any written mail or letter. Not even ticket for the trip. Do you think your dream to visit Dubai will come true? Absolutely not. Because you don’t have written detail and proof for anything related to your trip.
That is how your goals work. If you write down your goals on a paper and visualize them regularly your goals will turn into reality. That is why uber-successful people do this. Learn how to set goals that foster success.
Wake up early in the morning
Have you ever pondered upon why uber-successful people wake up early in the morning? It is because they know waking up early and feeding themselves mentally, physically and spiritually lead to remarkable success. They wake up and prepare themselves for the day.
Since all time is not treated equally you can not achieve something in the afternoon or night which can only be achieved early in the morning. Get to know morning habits of highly successful people.
Do not waste time on social media
We are surrounded by distraction caused by social media and cellphone. This distraction is killing your time and creativity and you are not realizing it. You carry a cell phone in your hands and get distracted by social media notifications. However, successful people hardly carry their cell phone in their hands. They ward off distraction as much as they can because they know how to avoid cellphone distraction.
If you want to achieve more you have to push yourself every single day. If you are into writing and you write 3000 words then you should push yourself for 3500 words. If you read two books in a month challenge yourself for three books. Challenging own-self is scary in the initial. However, there will be a time when you don’t scare to challenge yourself for the big risks in life.
Do you want to achieve success while you are bedridden? Absolutely not! That is why you should inculcate the habit of exercising every day. Successful people take out time to exercise every day. Even 30 minutes jogging in the morning helps to be active and energized in the entire day. Daily jogging sessions improve cardiovascular fitness; they can also, ward off sickness and improve your mental state.
Embrace the failure and learn from it
Nobody likes failure. However, whether you like it or not, you are going to face lots of failures in life. Failures beat themselves when they fail. On the other hand, successful people learn from the failures and make sure they turn their failures into stepping stones to success. So, don’t afraid of failure. Embrace it and turn it into milestones.
Take control of your finance
“If you buy things you don’t need, you will soon sell things you need.” This advice from Warren Buffet is so true. Successful people know this that I why they take control of their finance. They don’t think about spending much. They think of investing money first and then spending it. You should also keep a record of earning and expenditure.
Measure success in happiness not in wealth
Successful people measure their success in happiness, not in wealth. “Too many people measure how successful they are by how much money they make or the people that they associate with,” Richard Branson wrote on LinkedIn. “In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are,” He added further.
Listen to the positive feedback
We have two people around us. One who always criticize us and one who give feedback with positive intention. We have to consider positive feedback as it helps us to avoid the mistakes that we are making. Successful people always listen to the positive feedback. Even in negative feedback and opinion, there is something to consider. Always be open to opinions and feedback. However, to find some positive feedback in the negative one you have to be very rational.
Choose a positive attitude
Problems are part and parcel of life. However, successful people don’t only know it but they also prepare themselves to tackle life problems with a positive attitude. They don’t get much stressed and out of control. You might be thinking that a positive attitude is something that extraordinary and strong people possess. Which is absolutely wrong. It is a positive attitude that makes people extraordinary and happy in life. It can be developed gradually. As the saying goes, “practice makes a man perfect.”
Achieve something every day
Successful people don’t play the blame game. They know they have to achieve something every day and they work hard to achieve that. They are more focused on what can be done to get closer to the goals every day. To do this you have to be very clear about what you want to achieve. You have to decide what you want and then work hard to achieve it. Make sure you have something every day to achieve not once in a while.
Work harder than you can
Do you know why something gets unachieved even if your plans are better? It is because you don’t work hard for it. The quantity of work you do does not justify the quantity your goals need. Whatever you are doing, do it with honesty and hard work and success will be yours. There is no shortcut to success. That is why successful people give more than 100% of their effort to achieve their goals.
Make complacency your enemy
How many times did you feel satisfied with the efforts you made in the span of a month? If you are being self-satisfied more often then you have to either increase your targets or you have to rethink whether your work is really dragging you closer to your goals. Make the feeling of self-satisfaction your enemy because it reduces your effort. “Complacency is the enemy of progress,” said Dave Stutman.
Surround yourself with positive and successful individuals
The people you meet and the books you read have a great influence on you. If you are surrounded by the people who are less ambitious and don’t care much about success then probably you are also one of them. If you are surrounded by the people who are liars then probably you are also a liar. That is called peer influence. “You Are The Average Of The Five People You Spend The Most Time With” Jim Rohn.
Invest in your skills
Successful people are always into improving their skills to be equipped for the fast-paced world. They learn more skills that help them to achieve more in life. You can invest in a car, invest in a stock, or even invest in tonight’s entertainment. There’s only one investment that really matters, however, and it’s the one that’s going to stick with you for the rest of your life: It’s you. Investing in yourself is crucial if you want to be successful, and that means prioritizing your own development over the development of things outside yourself.
Be prepared for sacrifices
You have a dream to become a renowned writer. You want to become a CEO of a big company. You want to win the next marathon. Having big dreams is fantastic. However, knowing the sacrifices that need to be made to turn your dream come true is more important. Don’t just see the glorious and luxurious life successful people are living. Dig into their life and you will see that they have made huge sacrifices to get what they have now.
One of the richest and smart people Warren Buffett was once asked about how he gets smarter and richer. Buffett held up stacks of paper and said, “Read 500 pages like this every week. That’s how knowledge builds up, like compound interest.”
Warren Buffett is not the only one successful person who believes that reading is one of the biggest factors to improve the personality. But there are many who spend their time reading more and more books to improve their personality and enhance knowledge. Read to know how to find time to read books even if you are busy.
Always finish your to-do list
Do you make a to-do list in the first place? If not then you have to start making a to-do list. Imagine you wake early in the morning but you are oblivion as to how you spend your day. Will you able to make your day productive? Will you able to achieve something that day? Will, you satisfied at the end of the day with your work? Of course not. That is why successful people make a to-do list and follow the list honestly. Read to know how you can make sure that you are spending your day productively.
Take enough rest
You might be thinking that to be successful we need to reduce the amount of rest we do. However, in reality, it is exactly the opposite. We should maintain the ratio of work and rest. Rest is as important as work. Just like you need around 6 to 7 hours of sleep to remain focused, active and productive in your day.
Robin Sharma in his best selling book ‘The 5 AM Club’ explained how we can rest while working towards achieving individuals goals. Work for 60 minutes straight without any interruption and then take a break for 10 minutes. Robin calls this strategy 60/10 rules.
Think about the people who always blame. They blame for everything they don’t have. However, they forget about what they have. They focus so much on the things they don’t have that they tend to forget what they have or they can have.
We all come across situations where we lost our job, health, relationships and much more. It is a part and parcel of life. However, it is absolutely up to us how we react to such situations. Either be grateful for what we have and be happy or pessimistic about what we have lost and invite stress and sadness. Cultivating gratitude doesn’t cost any money and it certainly doesn’t take much time, but the benefits are enormous.
There are many who don’t dare to chase their dream because of fear of failure. Afterwards, they regret the same when they realize that failure is actually a key to success. It is a stepping stone to success.
I know you can relate to this because you also want to follow your dream but fear of failure is holding you back. There is a successful and enjoyable life beyond the fear of failure. There is a life that you have been dreaming of living. There is a life where you will never get bored with your life anymore. That is why successful people confront fear to achieve what they want in life.
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars,” said Norman Vincent Peale. It is very true.
Unplug from the devices
When we see the most successful people. We get to know that they don’t just waste their weekends watching movies or favorite shows and scrolling up and down social media. On the contrary, they do some unique that make them ready for the upcoming week.
“My weekends are an important time to unplug from the day-to-day and get a chance to think more deeply about my company and my industry,” Spencer Rascoff says.
Never give up
Successful people never give up on their plan. If they plan something they execute it with 100% effort. If something goes wrong and prove that the plan is not working then they move to another plan. On the other hand, failures either don’t plan or if they plan they don’t execute it properly and blame their situation and people around them for failure.
“Achieving a goal is a wildly exhilarating thing. If you’re flirting with the idea of giving up, you could be throwing away something wonderful―your best future.”
Balance work and the life
You have to balance personal and professional life. If you are making one life better on the stake of another then you are actually preparing for the disaster. I have heard a great CEO saying that when he goes home after work he spends quality time with his family. On weekends he avoids office work at home to balance his personal and professional life. With family, quality time matters than quantity. Even if it is going out on a small walk with your family after dinner.
Successful also protect their Sundays for no work so that they have enough time for their family and friends.
Use weekends to plan and review your goals
Successful people use weekends to not only enjoy but plan their week and review their goals. In other words, they plan their next week on weekends so that they can make sure that the next week is full of achievements and productivity. Go to a peaceful place and plan your week and review your goals on weekends. They also review how their previous week was spent. What mistakes they made and what they achieved. They avoid previous mistakes in the next week and get inspired by the achievements they made.
Indulge in prayer
Have you ever noticed that truly successful people have a peaceful mind? They handle all the situation with ease irrespective of its intensity. It is because they indulge in prayer and meditation every day. Prayers are the best practice to remain calm and serenity.
Successful people inspire themselves for working hard to achieve what they want in life. They read, watch and do what inspires them. Think about what inspires you to work hard to achieve your goals and do one of them every day.
Go the extra mile
That is the reason you should do what you love because that is what makes you go a little extra mile every day and make you successful. Successful people never keep their eyes on targets but they strive to go beyond it every day. You won’t find success by following the same path as everyone else. If you are okay with being ordinary, simply follow the path of ordinary people. But if you want to be extraordinary, follow the path of extraordinary people.
If you need someone to make you do what you need to do then your chances of achieving success may be less because to be successful you have to be self-disciplined. You should have control over your life and day-to-day activities. Brian Tracy writes on his website that “There is one special quality that you can develop that will guarantee you greater success, accomplishment and happiness in life. The quality that I am talking about is the quality of self-discipline.”
Take responsibility for your life
If you blame others for the things that are going wrong in your life then you are not going to succeed in your life. Because you think nothing is in your control. That is why successful people take 100% responsibility for their life. If something goes wrong they make it correct instead of playing the blame game.
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming…. Wow! What a ride!” ~ Mark Frost. Do what you love and develop the above traits of highly successful people and you will see the huge change in your life.