I'm fortunate to know a number of incredibly successful people. Whenever I interact with them, I always try to learn at least one thing. Maybe it’s a tip, a strategy, a new way of looking at something… whatever it may be, the idea is to learn. Here are a few common traits I’ve noticed in the successful people I’ve met over the years that will benefit us all if we just incorporate them into our life and career.
Stay flexible and always focus on solutions.
It’s generally a bad idea to get attached to a particular process because processes always change. What will benefit you most is the ability to create solutions, no matter the situation. By focusing on solutions, we automatically become more flexible because it forces us to be creative.
Make one decision, and let it guide the way.
Leaders make decisions that provide a path for their team or followers. When you make a major decision, many of the small decisions melt away because now the path is clear for everyone. Nobody has to wonder or figure out what to do next. The vision is clear from one major decision. Try this exercise: Is there one decision you can make today that will set up 10 or 20 or even 100 future decisions? Think about it…..
Accept that you can't do it all.
Focus on what you’re good at. When you try to take on too much you become overwhelmed and begin to lose traction. You’re quality of work and decision making decreases, and you’ll quickly learn that the jack of all trades is a master of none! When you consider an opportunity or a task, make sure it not only fits your skillset, but also serves as a stepping stone to where you want to go and where you want to be. If it doesn't, pass on it.
These three simple attributes will help you achieve your goals, manage your time, and grow to levels you never thought possible. How do I know? I’ve seen many successful people do them every day!