What separates those who achieve incredible levels of happiness and success from those who do not? Along with attitude, rituals and mindset, there are 5 commitments all high achievers make:
1. High achievers commit to personal mastery
High achievers consistently practice self-discipline and are on a constant journey of personal development. And while some people are born with helpful characteristics, being truly exceptional takes a high level of discipline and commitment. Lao Tzu often spoke about the importance of self-mastery stating, “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.” Many people are capable of directing others but few have the strength to follow-through on self-directed commands. That’s why self-mastery is the first step to greatness.
2. High achievers commit to taking responsibility
High achievers take full responsibility for their lives and operate with an internal locus of control – meaning they believe the events of their lives, good or bad, are caused by controllable factors such as one’s attitude, preparation, and effort. As a result, they don’t blame others for their experiences and know that to change their circumstances they must first change themselves.
Exceptional performers understand that when we blame external conditions for the events in our lives, we are in essence giving our power away. On the other hand, when we take ownership over our lives we empower ourselves to change our experience.
3. High achievers commit to learning
High achievers have an unquenchable hunger for knowledge and consume as much as possible. But they don’t just consume any information; they actively seek specialized knowledge in their chosen field. In his book Think and Grow Rich, Napolean Hill confirms the importance of being selective about the kind of knowledge we consume. Unless we’re contestants on Jeopardy, it doesn’t serve us to know a little bit of everything. Instead High achievers focus on knowing the most about their expertise – allowing them to become exceptional.
4. High achievers commit to living in the present
High achievers understand that achieving a goal comes down to how well they execute in the present. So while they never lose sight of their vision, they live in the present moment. They focus all their energy on performing the current task to the best of their ability and never sacrifice current performance for a vision of the future. As a result, everything they do exudes quality which only brings them more opportunities to excel.
5. High achievers commit to executing their strategy
High achievers don’t just plan, they act. They understand the power of momentum and when presented with an opportunity, they take action immediately. For most people, taking the first step is the hardest because we want to have everything in place before we begin. But as the Chinese proverb says “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Exceptional performers know that waiting for the perfect time to take action is dangerous because there will always be reasons to wait.
Make a commitment to:
1. Personal mastery – This is the first and most important step to becoming world-class so remember what Eckhart Tolle said “if you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” Make your personal development a priority and commit to following-through on promises you make to yourself.
2. Taking responsibility – Recognise that blaming the outside world for your misfortunes or lack of success is futile. Instead of talking about the things that are out of your control begin to focus on what you are able to control: your attitude, rituals and mindset.
3. Learning – Explore as many sources as you can to gain knowledge about your passion. When it comes to gaining specialized knowledge your focus should be narrow and deep not broad and shallow. Read books, blogs, watch YouTube videos, attend conferences and engage with those who’ve achieved incredible success.
4. Living in the present – Use your vision as your guiding star but focus on what you’re doing now, on this step of the staircase. Give all you have to the current task, feel gratitude for the present moment and watch as incredible things begin to take place.
5. Executing your strategy – Develop your plan but don’t wait for it to be perfect before you take action. Instead of waiting for the perfect time, act now with passion, commitment and a knowing that you already possess everything you need to succeed!
To you and your continued success,