We all know at least one high achiever in our circle of business and personal contacts – likely more than one. Those folks who are consistently pushing the envelope and creating success in their lives. While we likely admire them – with perhaps a small pang of envy – we are also confused by them. How do they manage seemingly to do it all? What are they doing differently than the rest of us to stand apart? Although success is created and defined differently by everyone, there are several habits high achievers have in common. Consistently adopting these habits aren’t a guarantee for success, but they very likely will set you up to forge your own path forward and become a high achiever yourself:
High achievers tackle the biggest tasks or goals first. Too often, we distract ourselves with all the ‘little things’ and do not prioritize accomplishing the biggest or most important tasks first. Little things do add up, but they serve to keep us busy, occupied, and out of the potential discomfort accomplishing big goals often requires. Growth starts outside our comfort zones, and until we are ready to take a bigger step, commit to tackling the most important tasks and goals, and not prioritize the small over the large, success will be challenging to realize. High achievers know that finishing big, possibly overwhelming, tasks powers them through the rest of their day, leading to even greater success.
High achievers nurture meaningful relationships. In every segment of their lives, high achievers look to build and foster powerful relationships. They value people and seek genuine connection with them – whether at home, work, and within their community. They embody warmth, empathy, and authenticity in both their words and actions, attracting people into their sphere and building the support they need to be successful.
High achievers go beyond “to-do” lists. They use calendars and planning software to keep track of important events and tasks. Goal setting in advance, as well as scheduling important tasks, are just two of many organizational habits high achievers do regularly to manage their priorities more effectively.
High achievers are committed to life-long learning. They understand that success in business is results from success in life and take time to pursue hobbies or learn new things to challenge themselves. Engaging in a variety of pursuits bolsters their creativity and problem-solving skills, directly contributing to success within their businesses.
High achievers know how to delegate. The most successful of high achievers have no problem delegating tasks and seek assistance when they need to. They fully understand that leadership and teamwork go hand-in-hand, enlisting others’ unique skills, abilities, and perspectives to compliment and enhance their own.
High achievers always accept responsibility. And they do so for both positive and negative results. When something goes wrong (it’s inevitable), high achievers acknowledge the mistake, avoid blaming others, and accept responsibility. They hold themselves accountable and see negative results or setbacks as learning opportunities rather than failures. They do not spend long moping about in negative results, and forge ahead renewed – with one more new lesson under their belt.
Even if you’re already a high achiever (in fact, especially so), there’s always room to grow, expand, and realize even higher levels of success. If one of your big goals is to become a leading property manager in your community, then adopt habit #1 and connect with Real Property Management today. We’d be thrilled to find out if we’re the right partners to help you make that goal a reality!