People who are the best in their fields create a personalized definition of greatness. One way to develop this definition is to ask questions such as: Why do you want to be the best? What will the best mean to you in one year and in five years? What steps are required to become the best?
Most of the high performers are intelligent and persistent. They also have a strong work ethic and pay attention to details.
However, beyond these traits the best share a common six qualities:
1. The best kick it up a notch. Once go-getters discover the top of their field, they strive to exceed that level and redefine what success truly means.Rather than resting on their laurels after achieving a goal, the best constantly strive to achieve more.
2. The best adapt and are flexible. Typically, there are many different paths that will reach the same goal. High performers understand that it may be necessary to change plans in order to reach their objectives.
3. The best act as if they have been there before. When the best reach their goals, they do not act surprised. In fact, the best will behave as if they always knew success would be attainable. Often, others find this confidence inspiring and it builds trust.
4. The best have a two minute memory. People should spend two minutes celebrating successes, and thinking about failures. When individuals spend too much time thinking about their wins, they often become complacent. On the other hand, thinking too much about failure can lead people to depression and anxiety.
5. The best are committed to excellence. High performers clearly define their goals and then maintain a firm commitment to achieving those goals throughout their lives.
6. The best are solution architects. Even when faced with challenging situations, the best believe that solutions are possible. What separates the good from the great is not only recognizing problems, but finding cost effective solutions in a reasonable timeframe.
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