Want To Be A High Achiever? Read These 5 Tips

By Dominica


Last Updated: September 22, 2021

Have you ever known someone who seems to just be the best at most anything they try?

Maybe it’s the guy that gets MVP in every sport he plays, the office lady that always gets the promotions, or the girl who gets just about any guy she wants. It may even be the socially awkward guy who doesn’t have two nickels to rub together, yet he’s always happy, optimistic, and popular.

There are plenty of people out enjoying life and success, oftentimes looking like it just falls into their laps without them having to do much to get it.  

Do you ever wonder why these amazing things aren’t happening to you? You feel like you try hard to be smart, optimistic, likeable, responsible, successful, etc., but end up having to face plenty of obstacles and jump extremely high hurdles?  

Sometimes you may just want to give up because you get tired of getting knocked down.  

Almost everyone has been in your shoes at least once along their life journey. However, there tends to be certain characteristics of high achievers or successful people that most of us can tap into and/or cultivate.

If you want to be more of a high achiever, check out the following 5 common characteristics that can potentially propel you forward into more success!

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Top 5 Tips to Becoming a High Achiever

1. Have an Amazing Vision

The first characteristic to consider in achieving great things is vision. High achievers tend to have goals and a clear vision for their present and future. They not only think about these in their heads, but they tend to write them down too.

Set a goal so big that you can't achieve it until you grow into the person who can. - Will Smith

  • What do you want?  
  • What do you truly desire out of life?
  • Do you have specific goals that you think about?
  • Do you have a concrete plan?  

If not, sit down and write down a few goals for your life personally and professionally. They can range anywhere from spending more time with your family, getting a job that you love, saving a certain amount of money, buying a home, and more.

2. Create a Plan

Another characteristic of high achievers is taking time to create an action plan to achieve goals.  It’s not enough to just think about your dreams and goals, or simply write them down, although that helps.

Once you have written down your goals, make a list of steps you can take to accomplish those goals. Be as specific as you can. Then, actually work toward those goals. Don’t just make the list and get lazy thinking someday you will do it. Get busy!

3. Work Hard & Smart

Thirdly, high achievers work hard and smart.  Success does not simply fall into their lap. They tend to work, work, and work some more to accomplish their dreams and goals.

Over the years, I've observed that nearly all high achievers know how to make good use of those 1,440 minutes in each day. - Mary Kay Ash

The athlete the gets MVP or the executive getting lots of promotions don’t sit around on their off time doing nothing. They work hard, put the hours in, and push themselves to be the best they can be.  

Having a solid work ethic is commendable. However, don’t overdo it. Working smart is just as valuable as working hard. If there’s something you need help with or can outsource, go for it. You certainly don’t want to suffer from burnout because you’re burning the candle at both ends.

Work hard and work smart, but all in balance.

4. Perseverance

Fourth, high achievers have learned how to persevere through the tough times. They understand that setbacks may occur, obstacles will come, and people may even criticize, but they are determined to persevere through it all.  

They don’t stay down for long. They get back up, learn from their setbacks or failures, and keep it moving.

How are you doing in the perseverance category?

  • What do you tend to do when you fall down or something doesn’t go the way you planned?
  • Do you give up? Whine?
  • Or to you learn from the experience and chalk it up to more wisdom?

Become the kind of person who can persevere through the rough spots, leaning on others if you need. After all, you don’t have to go after your dreams all by yourself. The days of thinking you have to be ultra-independent are long gone.

If you need some support, simply reach out to those you can trust.

5. Be Generous

Lastly, high achievers tend to be generous. They understand that life is not all about them. They understand the principle that giving is actually more rewarding than getting.

Along with generosity, gratitude goes a long way. These are two characteristics you’ll want to become quite familiar with. It’s really great to get things, including success, but be sure you’re keeping the scale balanced by giving to those in need too.

And, offering gratitude for the entire journey.


Being a High Achiever Has It's Pros & Cons

Being a high achiever can be amazing. If you look at some of the most successful people on the planet, you’ll find those who have cultivated some of these traits along their journey.

They may have achieved success financially, professionally, philanthropically, personally, and so on.

However, be careful that you’re not putting all your hopes on feeling peace and happiness in actually being a high achiever. Plenty of people have done this, only to reach success and still feel empty and sad inside.

Being a “success”, however you define it, is wonderful, but just chasing success for the sake of being able to call yourself successful may cause you to feel a bit empty in the long run.

Do your best to stay on a balanced path, embodying traits common to high achievers, but check in with yourself regularly too. Be sure you’re living life balanced personally and professionally. It will do you good.

You can cultivate these characteristics if you desire. You may not be born with them, but you have the ability to acquire them on your journey. If, by chance, you aren’t aiming to hit the high achiever mark, that’s totally fine. There’s nothing wrong with that.

However, if you desire to be a high achiever, resolve today to evaluate how you have been living and keep in mind that these 5 characteristics can become second nature to you and help you get there.

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5 comments on “Want To Be A High Achiever? Read These 5 Tips”

  1. What a wonderful and helpful advice. Being challenged over the past years, including current year, I find the tips here very meaningful and applicable to my own journey in life;
    Giving, receiving and expressing gratitude on all occasions of life/human encounter are truly requisite necessities of generating human happiness, ultimately: to be happy, we must generate happiness in others.

  2. Day by day I am getting better and better! If you use the above principles you will get better too! Ron Clausen

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