Their desire to be exceptional means that they typically do
things that most wonít. They become exceptional by choice.
Weíre all faced with live-shaping decisions almost daily.
Successful people make the decisions that most wonít and
While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and
discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the
value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that
most would avoid.
have identified their core values (what is important to
them) and they do their best to live a life which is
reflective of those values.
have balance. While they may be financially successful, they
know that the terms money and success are not
interchangeable. They understand that people who are
successful on a financial level only, are not successful at
all. Unfortunately we live in a society which teaches that
money equals success. Like many other things, money is a
tool. Itís certainly not a bad thing but ultimately, itís
just another resource. Unfortunately, too many people
understand the importance of
discipline and self-control.
They are strong. They are happy
to take the road less travelled.
are secure. They do not derive
their sense of worth of self
from what they own, who they
know, where they live or what
they look like.
are generous and kind. They take pleasure in helping others
are humble and they are happy to admit mistakes and to
apologize. They are confident in their ability, but not
arrogant. They are happy to learn from others. They are
happy to make others look good rather than seek their own
are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are
creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with,
and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.
keep themselves in shape physically, not to be mistaken with
training for the Olympics or being obsessed with their body.
They understand the importance of being physically well.
They are not all about looks, they are more concerned with
function and health. Their body is not who they are, itís
where they live.
have a big engine. They work hard and are not lazy.
are resilient. When most would throw in the towel, theyíre
just warming up.
are open to, and more likely to act upon, feedback.
donít hang out with toxic people.
donít invest time or emotional
energy into things which they
have no control of.
are happy to swim against the
tide, to do what most wonít.
They are not people pleasers and
they donít need constant
are more comfortable with their own company than most.
set higher standards for themselves (a choice we can all
make), which in turn produces greater commitment, more
momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.
donít rationalize failure. While many are talking about
their age, their sore back, their lack of time, their poor
genetics, their Ďbad luckí, their nasty boss and their lack
of opportunities (all good reasons to fail), they are
finding a way to succeed despite all their challenges.
have an off switch. They know how to relax, enjoy what they
have in their life and to have fun.
career is not their identity,
itís their job. Itís not who
they are, itís what they do.
are more interested in effective than they are in easy.
While the majority look for the quickest, easiest way (the
shortcut), they look for the course of action which will
produce the best results over the long term.
finish what they start. While so many spend their life
starting things that they never finish, successful people
get the job done Ė even when the excitement and the novelty
have worn off. Even when it ainít fun.
are multi-dimensional, amazing, wonderful complex creatures
(as we all are). They realize that not only are they
physical and psychological beings, but emotional and
spiritual creatures as well. They consciously work at being
healthy and productive on all levels.
practice what they preach. They donít talk about the theory,
they live the reality.