The 10 Traits of Highly Successful People

Successful people become successful because of their actions, attitude and awareness. The following is a list of 10 traits all highly successful people inhibit. As we go through the list, ask yourself: where do I display each of these? If the answer is “I don’t”, then the good news is, you’ll now have the awareness and direction to know what to do next. 

Inner Resourcefulness - it’s time to become a self starter. Understand this: no-one is going to do it for you - and that’s ok.. Your new mantra is GSD - Get stuff done. And that’s exactly what you do.

Resiliency - there are going to be some very hard and very dark times. The winner sees these not as a setback or dead end, but as an opportunity to step up and grow. As they say; Feel the fear and do it anyway.

Self Directed - the days of having someone tell you where to be and what to do at every hour of the ‘working day’ are gone. You are now a self leader. You must listen, follow and obey the leader within. Prioritise your highest actions each day and let’s start to move the needle.

Confidence in Decision Making - anyone can make a decision when they have all the information necessary. There will be (plenty of) times where you need to act first and clean things up later. Understand that most of the time, there are no right decisions, only making decisions right. 

Positive Mental Attitude - you can either give up, or you can get up. 90% of people are naturally negative. The natural tendency of humans is to shy away from fear and run toward safety. You’ll need to remove this default setting from your human operating system, and replace it with the positive opportunity protocol.

Belief (in self) - all great leaders are both comfortable and confident within themselves. They have a clear goal, a plan to achieve it and an inner champion deep within to call upon when times get tough.

Long Term Vision - What does your future hold? If you don’t decide, who will? You must sit down and ask yourself the following three questions:

  • Who do I want to be?
  • Where do I want to go?
  • How am I going to get there?

Genuine Curiosity - if you do not question the status quo, then how will you ever change it? Become curious like a 4 year old who’s just learned the word “why”. Ask why 50 times a day and start to question not only life’s assumptions of you, but your assumptions of life.

Bulletproof Courage - courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to act even with uncertainty present. Develop into a P.O.A (person of action) and make it your soul (not a type-o) purpose to push forward not in spite of fear, but because of it.

Appreciation for self - Surprisingly, one of the hardest things for winners to accept, is stopping to smell the roses and appreciate the journey they’ve just overcome. Gratitude is your new best friend. End each night by putting your hands in your heart, and thanking everyone who’s assisted in your journey (including you).

Perform an audit of the above and rate yourself out of 10 for each. Anything that needs significant work, put into action a plan of attack to make it happen, and let’s get to work.