To find and develop success within ourselves can come easily by looking at the strengths and habits of other successful people. The attributes that successful people possess are not developed overnight and didn’t just happen by accident or luck.
Successful people continue to work on developing success habits as part of a daily routine. Success becomes a way of life. We have developed certain strengths and personality traits that allow success to continue to flow to us with ease. Seven of the most important strengths and habits successful people possess include the following.
- A Success-Driven Mindset and the Passion to Achieve
Successful people have a strong will to succeed and achieve in life. We look forward to growth and have the desire to do much more than the average person. This desire is deeply instilled within us. These people take action to make positive changes and move outside of a comfort zone. Even with failed attempts, we quickly see opportunities that surround us. We adjust our efforts when things don’t go right and move in a new direction.
Unsuccessful people, on the other hand, feel defeated, throw hands up in the air, and give up too soon.
- Self-Awareness and Self-Confidence
Successful people face challenges with confidence and have the faith to trust the skills and/or knowledge acquired. Even when we don’t have the right skills or knowledge to begin with, we move forward with enthusiasm and commitment to succeed despite the odds. We have a strong sense of self, which allows us to make stronger commitments. We are comfortable speaking our mind. Successful people stand up, speak out, and enjoy sharing ideas and opinions.
Unsuccessful people who lack confidence are often unwilling to open up and speak up, which holds the person back and causes missed success opportunities.
- Vision Focused and Achievement Oriented
Successful people create a clear vision for goals and take action toward achieving a vision, which does not allow anything to stand in the way. Strong vision serves as a guideline to keep motivated and on track to achieve the goals. Smaller goals are set first, achieved, and then bigger and bolder benchmarks to hit larger targets are set.
Unsuccessful people are often unclear, unfocused and misguided. Therefore, wasting time and money getting to goals and often missing the targets all together.
- Value Time Wisely
Successful people are extremely productive. We value and use time wisely and do not allow others to take advantage of us or waste our time. We create barriers around time by adding structure and systems into our business, which is respected by clients and peers. We clearly understand that time is the most valuable asset.
Unsuccessful people waste time doing unproductive things that don’t allow growth effectively or give away time too freely to others. Therefore, creating less income-generating opportunities.
- Own It!
Successful people build a solid business and brand foundation that sets us apart from the competition. We are known as experts and authorities within our industry. This allows more success to come with ease.
Unsuccessful competitors do things like everyone else, do not have a success plan to build on, or do just enough to survive.
- Think Differently than the Average Person
Successful people think differently. We look one step ahead into the future without eyes wide open to see opportunity everywhere. We think outside-of-the-box and come up with creative and innovative ways of doing business.
Unsuccessful people follow the crowd or wait to copy other people’s ideas. Therefore, usually remain one step behind the competition much of the time.
- Love What We Do
Successful people don’t think of work as work. There’s pleasure in our business and love for what we do for a living. This gives a sense of achievement and happiness that fulfills our definition of success.
Unsuccessful people focus an attitude toward work as survival and working to make a living. Therefore, the belief that sticks out is work is based on the need to keep working hard just to get paid or to just get by. Most don’t enjoy what is done for a living and consider it a J.O.B.