Traits of High Achievers Part 1 of 2

I am an avid reader. I ran across an article the other day that was talking about high achievers vs. low achievers. I can’t remember the source, but wanted to share them with you. It’s a long list of 14 traits, so for now, we will cover the first 7.

With all of our students going back to school or entering college for the first semester, shooting for the stars has been on my mind especially since my youngest daughter, Bailey, just started her freshman year at Auburn. (see P.S. below for more on that story)

Back to today’s lesson…

There are several traits that high achievers practice and probably several more we could all come up with on our own. I found these particular ones on point.

Here are the first 7 traits:

  1. They move on—They don’t play the victim and feel sorry for themselves when things don’t go their way
  2. They keep control—They don’t give away their power. They own their story and move forward with confidence.
  3. They embrace change—They don’t resist change, because they know with change comes growth, and they welcome the challenge.
  4. They stay happy—They don’t focus on the negative and all that could go wrong. They don’t complain. They know happiness is a choice.
  5. They are kind—They are fair, unafraid to speak up, and do NOT people please.
  6. They are willing to take calculated risks—They don’t just act without considering the risks and benefits. They practice the PAUSE.
  7. They invest their energy in the present—They don’t wallow in the past or focus on their failures. They keep centered in the present with eyes forward about the next right action.

So, how many of these do you practice? Which ones could you work on? Can you come up with more on your own?

I would love to hear from you.

Stay tuned for 7 more next week.

P.S. Bailey’s move into her freshman dorm was a very unique experience for me. Our kids, Bill and Taylor, did not go through this. Vanessa and I are feeling strange about our youngest daughter moving 5 hours away plus we’ll be “empty nesters” by year end with Taylor moving on to grad school. I also learned that incoming freshman moving into dorms is a real biz inside other businesses. Target and Wal-Mart have special sections in their stores designed for this niche. I’m sure there are others, you may have been through this or know someone that has. Below is a picture of Bailey in her new dorm room at Auburn.