The habits that set highly successful people apart

Highly Successful people make a habit of most everything they do on a daily basis. They believe squarely on the principle. Be passionate about everything you do. Do it to the best of your ability? Do it consistently.

They convert these principles into goals and they live by them every day. Successful people propel themselves by finding enjoyment of blowing their personal goals out of the water. They succeed in many different facets of life. Their friendships, their physical and mental health, their families, and their careers (which they not only excel at but possess unwavering passion for).

They are passionate

We have all heard the saying “Anything worth doing is worth doing right”. Well, this is basis of being passionate. Highly successful people live by the creed “if you are not going to do it with the full force of your heart and soul, don’t’ do it at all.”

They are Knowledgeable

Highly successful people know more than others do because they’re constantly working to increase their self-awareness. They make the time in their schedule and they block time to educate themselves on the world around them. They don’t do this because it’s “the right thing to do”, they do it because it’s their passion. They’re always looking for opportunities to improve and new things to learn about themselves and the world around them. Instead of succumbing to their fear of looking ignorant, truly exceptional people just ask the questions on their mind, because they would rather learn something new than appear smart.

They Speak with Certainty

It’s rare to hear super successful people utter things like “Um,” “I’m not sure,” and “I think.” Successful people speak assertively because they know that it’s difficult to get people to listen to you if you can’t deliver your ideas with conviction. They also speak with certainty because they put the time in to know what they are talking about.

They Use Positive Body Language

Becoming cognizant of your gestures, expressions, and tone of voice, all the while making certain they are positive, draws people to you. Using an enthusiastic tone, uncrossing your arms, maintaining eye contact, and leaning towards the person who’s speaking are all forms of positive body language that highly successful people use to draw others in. Positive body language makes all the difference in a conversation, because how you say something can be more important than what you say.

They are Composed

Highly successful people are composed because they constantly monitor their emotions, they understand them, and they use this knowledge in the moment to react to challenging situations with self-control. They know that no matter how good or bad things get, everything changes with time. They establish a baseline and take control of the noise that distracts them from focusing, keeping the end result in mind.

They make a Strong First Impression

Research shows that most people decide whether or not they like you within the first seven seconds of meeting you. They then spend the rest of the conversation internally justifying their initial reaction. This may sound terrifying, but by knowing this, you can take advantage of it to make huge gains in how people respond to you. First impressions are tied intimately to positive body language. A strong posture, a firm handshake, a smile, and open shoulders help ensure that your first impression is a good one. Malcom Galdwell illustrates this clearly in his book, Blink.

They Seek Out Small Victories

Highly successful people like to challenge themselves and compete, even when their efforts yield only small victories. Small victories build new androgen receptors in the areas of the brain responsible for reward and motivation. The increase in androgen receptors increases the influence of testosterone, which further increases their confidence and eagerness to tackle future challenges. When you achieve a series of small victories, the boost in your confidence can last for weeks. An example of a small victory that is common, is maintaining your calendar and at the end of each day, reviewing your results with enthusiasm. You will find that each day you achieve all that you have set out to do. You will do it consistently and have an overwhelming drive to repeat it daily.

They are Honest

Highly successful people trust that honesty and integrity, though painful at times, always work out for the best in the long run. They know that although what they are saying may not be the “feel good” way of handling it, they know that if they confront things head on with honesty, transparency and the end goal in mind, all will result the way they want. Sincerity is an age old form of honestly. It may not make you the post popular person but it will make you the most sort after person when the chips are down and results count.

They are Appreciative

Truly exceptional people are able to achieve so much because they know the importance of slowing down and appreciating everything they already have. They know that in order to continue having the drive, passion and desire, they must make the time to appreciate the fruits of their labor. Lifestyle balance is just as important as the need to be the best and the master of your world.

At the end of the day, this is the magic formula to success. Do you possess these qualities? Of course you do. Now go out there and set your mind to do it and get it done.

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.”

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