How to Adopt the Mindset of a High Achiever
High achievers strive toward a certain level of greatness in life. When people think of high achievers, they usually think of successful entrepreneurs, professional athletes, Olympians, artists, and the like. Mainly, high achievers are individuals who exude greatness through their actions.
What’s interesting about this group of individuals is they share certain mutual mental habits. They achieve many of their goals because of their mindsets.
Although high achievers are hard workers, they don’t become successful overnight. If you’re open to having your thinking challenged and transformed, then what you’ll read in the following paragraphs will help you to adopt the mindset of a high achiever. These are habits, not life hacks or tips, that you need to develop if your goal is to be successful at whatever you do.
High Achievers Know What They Want and What to Value
In order to accomplish any goal as efficiently as possible, it’s important to stay focused. This can be quite challenging for most people with all the distractions that life can present.
To make strides toward your goals, the first step is to know yourself.
To really know yourself take some time to think of what you want, what’s important, and why. If you don’t know what to value, then you won’t be able to prioritize. If you don’t know what to prioritize, you won’t be able to concentrate on your goals. You also need to be someone who is firm in saying “no,” courageous enough to say “yes,” and have the self-discipline to communicate, “Not yet, but someday.”
It’s time to make a list of your strengths and weaknesses. Why? High achievers are honest with themselves about their areas of expertise and the areas in which they need to improve. They know themselves so well which in turn provides them the necessary clarity to make life-changing decisions quickly and calmly enabling them to move forward efficiently.
Many people tend to make excuses for their weaknesses. Unfortunately, many people spend their lives proving to themselves that “life is hard.” They compare how their lives are harder for them than for others. This is a false belief of self that’s usually passed down from generation to generation. Yet, the truth is that:
- Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses.
- These strengths and weaknesses don’t disappear overnight.
- Everyone has only one life to live.
- Imperfect people accomplish great things every day.
Many successful people who had challenging lives did great things. Take Thomas Edison, described as America’s greatest inventor, as an example. Edison developed hearing difficulties at an early age, yet was able to invent the phonograph- now known as a record player.
Further examples, Helen Keller become an activist and celebrated author despite having hearing and vision limitations. J.K. Rowling herself, the famous author, was a single mother and had a hard time trying to find time to write and would write on scraps of paper as she conceived her famous books. As you may notice, flaws and weaknesses did not stop these people from achieving their goals.
High achievers don’t waste their time trying to focus on what they can’t change. Instead, they focus on what they can do to improve. They accept their weaknesses and hone in on their strengths.
Do you think Aristotle learned everything all by himself? No. He accomplished his achievements with the help of Plato. All achievers have mentors, and you, too, can achieve real success by utilizing the method of mentorship. You’ll never encounter a self-made man, but you’ll meet arrogant people who overlook the help they’ve received as they were on the journey to their successes.
High achievers know that the easiest way to get help is to start by giving it away.
Let’s check out the areas of strength that you have identified for yourself: think of the things you are good at and the advantages that you have. You can use these strengths to provide help to others and let them help you with your weaknesses.
Help people who will help you back.
Surround yourself with successful people and learn from them. In this way, you will gain more knowledge, and you can also share some of yours. It’s a win-win situation.
Care About What You Create
“Caring” may be the most critical differentiating factor in being a high achiever. You need to care about the difference that you can make, about helping people, and what you can create. Because you care, you will put everything you have into what you do.
If you want to become successful, allow yourself to feel every emotion that comes up for you: fear, vulnerability, ambition, excitement, and all the in-betweens. Use these emotions to propel you to create and take action.
High achievers are ordinary people. The only difference is that they have a winning mindset. You have the power to adopt a winning mindset if you do the work. Follow the link below for a business mentorship company that we have worked with, and deeply trust, to try them out for free in a free 4-part video series.
Stop procrastinating, stop making excuses and stay focused. Ask for help- you’ll need all the help that you can get.
Lastly, don’t forget that you’re not a robot driven by your goals; you’re human and you’re capable of feeling mixed emotions. Live your life while aiming for your goals.