Five More Proven Characteristics of High Achievers
Are you a winner? For many years I’ve searched for the qualities that make peak performers, high achievers, and exceptional “winners.” I wanted to learn these qualities for my own personal development, but also to help others to become “winners.”
In the early 1980’s, I was a regular attendee at Amway conferences. Although I was not very successful with their business model, I did benefit greatly from the motivational speakers that I heard at these conferences.
One of the frequent guest speakers was Dr. Denis Waitley. He is a national authority on high-level performance and personal development. He is also a very entertaining motivational speaker.
One of his first books that I read was The Psychology of Winning. In this book he outlines ten qualities of a total winner. He describes the ten qualities that make high achieving human beings.
I would like to share five of these qualities with you:
Winners act like winners. From early childhood, one’s self-image is formed. It relates to how the individual feels about himself or herself. One’s concept of self-image determines what we aspire to do or not do.
Your subconscious is where your self-image is housed. The self-image determines the kind of person we are. Your behavior, personality, and your achievement level tends to be consistent with your self-image.
Winners know they can change their self-image so they control it and change it as they desire. Winners have a clear picture of the self-image of that person they want to become.
Winners have a vivid, clear, emotional sensory picture of themselves as if they had already achieved their goal. Winners see themselves as Winners.
Winners have a game plan for life. Winners are goal oriented. Winners have a definite purpose in life. They don’t wander aimlessly through life.
The lack of purpose is detrimental to life. In fact, Victor Frankl, the famed psychiatrist who survived Nazi death camps, noticed that men were able to survive starvation and torture when they had a purpose for their existence.
Winners set lifetime goals and review them nightly. It is essential to set goals that are realistic and productive for you and your family.
“The secret to Positive Self-Direction is in establishing a clearly defined goal, writing it down, and then dwelling on it morning and night, with words, pictures and emotions, as if you had already achieved it.”
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Positive self-discipline is the ability to practice within, to be able to simulate an activity before it actually happens. It is mental practice.
Self-discipline achieves goals. Winners simulate each experience they want through mental practice.
“Self-Discipline is telling yourself over and over with words, pictures, concepts and emotions that you are winning each important victory.”
Winners never quit! Winners never give up!
The Winner’s self-talk is, “Of course I can do it! I’ve practiced it mentally a thousand times.”
Real winners in the game of life look beyond themselves for meaning in life. They earn the love and respect of other human beings.
Winners create other winners without exploiting them. They know that their true legacy is as a caring, sharing person who helps even one other individual to live a better life.
Winners live a well-rounded life. They practice the Double Win Attitude. “If I help you win, then I win. I win and you win too!”
Winners take care of their environment and the animals too. Winners take care of their bodies and their health. They live every minute as if it was their last, in the present, not the past.
Winners plant trees under which they know they’ll never sit.
A Winner’s self-talk is, “I live every moment, enjoying as much, relating as much, doing as much, giving as much as I possibly can.”
Winners have an aura, a charisma that is radiating and magnetic. They project a warm glow.
Winners project their best selves in the way they look, walk, talk, listen, and react. Winners always look their best. Studies have shown that there is a definite correlation between looking good and success in life.
Winners take care of their health and appearance by enhancing and doing the best with what we’ve got.
Winners can project success without flaunting it. They don’t have to show off expensive toys or trappings of affluence to project the look of a Winner.
When meeting other people, winners are the first to offer their names. They extend their hand first with a warm handshake, or in today’s world a fist bump.
Winners master the art of active listening. They adopt the “I’ll make him glad he talked to me” attitude.
Winners take full responsibility for being certain that you understand what they are saying. Winners also take full responsibility for hearing what you mean.
Finally, winners in life project constructive, and supportive ideas. Winners know that in order to influence other people, you must care about them.
“If you want to be loved, be lovable. If you want respect, set a respectable example.”
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To your success,
David C Figueroa- Success Coach
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