Take some time to think about the people you greatly admire in your life. These could be mentors in your profession, ministers of the gospel, sports icons, musicians, your parents, or whoever it might be. I think it would be good to understand as well that what you define as success is different for everyone so the people you admire are those who share similar values you have.
Just as the difference between 1st and 2nd place in an Olympic race is very minor so it is with highly successful people. That small difference makes all the difference.
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” ~ Zig Ziglar
Having analyzed most of these people that are exceptional in their different domains I picked up some of the common traits that make them stand out among others. Perhaps you are not satisfied with where you are in life right now and believe you can do better but you don’t know how to get beyond that.
This can be very depressing and worrisome when you start looking at the future. Let us look at the following five traits that if you adopt will transform your life too.
1. Have a burning desire
Successful people have a burning desire to win and achieve significance in their lives. Some people think that they are crazy but that is exactly what separates them from average people. Steve Jobs created an amazing company in Apple because he loved what he did.
“When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.” ~ Greg Anderson
Alex and Stephen Kendrick have produced top class Christian movies that resonate with so many people all around the world; Usain Bolt is currently the fastest runner in the world because of his desire to be the world’s best.
Life opens doors for people that are passionate about what they do and know where they are going. People are naturally drawn to people that are enthusiastic about what they do.
A magnifying glass only starts a fire when it focuses its attention on one spot over a prolonged period of time. Successful people approach their life’s mission the same way. You will not see them jumping from one opportunity to another when things are not working out.
They understand that even if things are not working out the way they would want in the short term they resist the temptation to pursue other shining objects.
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.” ~ Ecclesiastes 9:10
Most people make the mistake of believing that the grass is always greener on the other side but then find that they are confronted by the same challenges they encountered before. Stay true to your vision, hold your convictions and pursue the vision with all you’ve got.
3. They face their fears
The Bible tells us countless times that we should not fear. Fear is not of God, it is a tool of the enemy to keep God’s children from experiencing God’s best. The only way to overcome your fears is to face them with faith in the Word of God.
Are you afraid of talking to people? Moses resisted speaking before the Israelites when God first called him but he grew out of it as the Lord guided him even though he had help from his brother Aaron. When he broke through that fear is when he experienced God at another level in his life.
4. Hard working
There has arisen a generation of young people that don’t really appreciate the value of hard work in order to live their ideal lifestyle. Most of them have good ideas and subconsciously believe that the rest will figure itself out.
There is this idea that all we need to be successful in life is to think and work smart. Smart thinking is critical but hard work should not be considered less important than working smart. Work hard and work smart consistently over a period of time.
A successful person has a ‘never say die’ attitude. They believe so much in their dream that they refuse to settle for what life throws at them. They brave the challenges that come their way and understand that they are there to make them better equipped for success.
“Perseverance always outlasts persecution.” ~ Edwin Louis Cole
Even when the logical thing to do would be to throw in the towel and find something else to do they will stick it out and put their complete trust in God’s faithfulness. This quality alone makes a huge difference as you pursue your life’s goals.