Ever notice how some people seem to produce the most amazing results? What are they doing differently that sets them apart from the crowd?
While the formula for success may vary depending on who you ask, work ethic is by far one of the most compelling factors in determining how you show up in the marketplace.
Curious about whether you’ve got what it takes to be a super success? Here’s how to know for sure.
1. You’ve got self-discipline.
Without the ability to regulate your own behavior, it would be fairly excruciating to manage resources, priorities or escalate results. Regardless of mood, however, your commitment to success will inevitably dictate your behavior. In the end, someone who is disciplined will direct their mind to do whatever is necessary to get the job done, even if they don’t feel like it.
2. You are self-motivated.
If you are intent on making a bigger impact, you simply cannot rely on external factors to move you to action. Somewhere, deep down inside, you’ve got to find your why and act on it consistently. Waiting around for someone or something to “bless” you with makeshift inspiration will only result in excuses, procrastination and perpetual setbacks.
3. You have healthy self-esteem.
Do you have genuinely positive feelings of self worth? If not,where will you find the energy to create and persevere, especially when others may doubt you? When your internal well is dry, it’s pretty hard to fake it. Harder even still to rouse momentum without substance and an authentic foundation. Healthy self-esteem is simply non-negotiable for anyone desirous of achieving success in today’s competitive business landscape.
4. You’ve got true grit.
Will you dig deep in the midst of tough times, even when you feel like giving up would be much easier? When things get rough, it’s not what we do, but rather who we become that makes the real difference. It takes courage to fight the good fight, especially when things look dismal. But it’s a special breed that sees a crisis as an opportunity “riding the dangerous wind.” Will you characterize the next crisis you encounter as an opportunity or a stinging casualty?
5. You root out blind spots.
No one is perfect, that’s for darn sure. But, it’s a rare bird who will actively seek out their own missteps–who wants to correct them and become better. Are you afraid of being imperfect? Don’t be. Far better to expose your weaknesses. Why? The exposure will disempower your your ego and allow you the freedom to grow. Afterall, there is nothing fascinating about ruminating in darkness, except that you remain elusive. Obviously this is not the preferred course for anyone interested in impacting the world around them.
6. You celebrate success.
You cannot run on fumes forever. At some point, you will have to stop and smell the roses. Perhaps even buy a bouquet for to enjoy. Successful people know that celebrating wins comes with the territory. It makes sense to periodically step away from the rigors of execution. Why? To reflect on strategies that worked and consider how to manage a repeat performance. Equally important is giving credit where due for work done well. This should be a priority, not an afterthought, as is often the case. So, make it a point to sit with your successes. Maybe even revel in them for a bit. Afterall, you put in the sweat equity. If you don’t celebrate them, who will?
Do you have a work ethic worthy of attracting the kinds of success you desire? If not, consider how honing the above principles could help you to better develop it, which is exactly the point.
To your success!