As we studied the lives of some of the most successful people in history, one of the trends that we noticed is that all highly successful people have certain traits in common. We have selected the top three here. These 3 Power Traits are the secret ingredients that ensure that the entire system always works . . . without fail. If fact, we guarantee that by applying this system as prescribed to your lifestyle, you will be able to step into your passion and live there every day, even more healthy, wealthy and wise!

POWER TRAIT #1: BE COACHABLE

Finding competent and compatible mentors is only half the battle. It’s also important to develop your own coachability.

If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you probably want to succeed, but you may resist coaching for reasons that you may not even be aware of. However, you can develop skills and qualities that will prepare you to accept guidance and act on it. Use the following checklist to find the areas you need to work on so you can have successful relationships with your mentors.

Communication Skills:

  • Listen closely. Pay attention to what your mentors have to say. Look for the truth in any message instead of dismissing their perspective or trying to make excuses. Maintain eye contact, when possible and resist any urge to interrupt. On video calls, don’t turn off your camera while part of a conversation.

  • Ask questions. Ensure you understand what your mentors are telling you. Paraphrase their statements in your own words. Clarify any points you’re unsure of and ask for concrete examples.

  • Take your time. Let yourself absorb information fully. Focus on responding thoughtfully rather than quickly. If a situation stirs up strong feelings, give yourself an opportunity to calm down so you can think clearly.

  • Welcome feedback. Ask others for input frequently and graciously. It helps to stay in practice and have multiple viewpoints while you’re working with your coach.

  • Watch your body language. Ensure that your gestures and expressions are friendly and consistent with your words. Your mentors are human. It’s easier for them to fully engage with you when they feel respected and appreciated.

  • Open up. Recognize that there is more than one way to approach the same goals. Consider your mentor’s suggestions even when they’re different from your usual methods.

  • Value learning. Are you excited about adding to your knowledge and stretching your skills? Learning is a mindset that helps you to make better decisions and pivot with more grace. It can also motivate you to persevere through the coaching process.

  • Set goals. While your mentors can help you to reach your goals, you need to be sure that your targets are specific and meaningful for you. Write your goals out and tell others about them so you’ll feel more accountable.

  • Have proper expectations. Do you understand the difference between mentoring and consulting? A consultant is usually hired to fix a specific issue. A mentor works with you to build your strengths so you can achieve the outcomes you desire.

  • Cultivate gratitude. Thank your coaches and mentors for the positive impact they make in your life. Putting their insights into action is also an effective way to show them that they’re making a difference.

  • Be humble. Remember that your mentors (and anyone you meet) have valuable things that they can teach you. Tame your ego so you can create productive relationships and take advantage of rewarding opportunities.

  • Evaluate your progress. Self-examination is an important part of the coaching process. Reflect on the areas that you’ve already covered and what you want to do next. Enjoy discovering more about yourself and your abilities.

Being coachable is about being ready and willing to learn and grow. Unlock your potential so you can achieve greater personal and professional success.

POWER TRAIT #2: BE CONSISTENT

How can you take what you learn from coaching and use it to make positive changes in your lifestyle? Develop a strategy for enhancing your performance and set specific goals for areas where you want to grow. Deliberate practice requires discipline and effort, but it pays off.

While many believe that knowledge is power, knowledge is only powerful when it’s consistently applied. Consistency is one of the most important components of success. The compound effect of small steps forward each day add up to a lot of mileage over time. Are the little things you do each day adding up to something positive? Or is the quality of your life slowly slipping away?

With consistent action over the next 90 days, what could you accomplish? How about 10 or 20 years? What could you accomplish in that time? Five cold calls each day, five days per week equal 1300 sales calls in one year! Five small pieces of chocolate over the same time is roughly 25,000 calories, or the equivalent of about ten pounds of chocolate.

Are your habits getting you closer to your ideal lifestyle or further away?

If you lived today day over and over for the next 10 years, where would you end up? What would your lifestyle look like then? If you overeat a little bit each day, you’d be overweight. If you saved just a small amount of money each day, you’d eventually have a small fortune. If you understand the Rule of 72 and the power of compound interest, you’d probably have a much larger fortune in the same amount of time.

An effective way to predict your success is to examine your average day and project the likely outcome into the future. An hour each night spent practicing the guitar would give different results than spending that same hour watching television. Your teeth aren’t clean because you brushed them for an hour straight. They’re clean because you brushed them for three minutes every day since you’ve had them.

Consider where your daily habits and behaviors are leading you financially, socially, spiritually, and physically. What are the logical conclusions of your daily activities? Realize that many changes in life come slowly. Many success gurus advocate taking massive action to see massive results, but that strategy is difficult to apply and maintain over time.

Consider weight loss. You can’t lose 25 lbs. in a day. (without losing a limb) Like we discussed above, small changes occur to your weight each day. The compound effect of those small, regular changes add up to impressive results. Building a fortune, the perfect body, or a great relationship all take time and consistency.

Consistency requires either habit or discipline, and for some of us, discipline is in short supply. Relying on discipline day after day is a losing battle for many of us. While discipline can grow with effort, having effective habits is more effective and much less painful. Use the discipline that you have to develop your habits.

Learn to act in the moment. The greatest barrier to consistency is the belief that you can postpone an action to another day. Each hour has the power to bring you closer to your goals. Every minute wasted is lost forever. Time is one of your most valuable resources.

“The only real discipline required is the discipline to act right now.”

Have reasonable expectations. When your time frame is unrealistic, it’s more difficult to be consistent. When you ask too much of yourself too soon, it’s just as challenging. Be positive and enthusiastic. Put your focus on regular and consistent improvement. Perfection isn’t required, but it should always be strived for.

Use reminders or triggers in your environment to encourage consistency. Think about the things that you do everyday that could serve as reminders. Getting dressed, starting your car, and turning out the light each night are a few examples. Each night you turn out the light, you could visualize your goals. After getting dressed, you could do some pushups. What triggers can you use in your everyday life to help keep you consistent?

What you do once in a while doesn’t impact your life significantly. It’s what you do consistently that shapes your life. Consistency is a major predictor of success in any endeavor. Develop habits and routines that guarantee success. Consistent behaviors determine your outcomes, so choose behaviors that make sense.

POWER TRAIT #3: NEVER QUIT!

All highly successful people have an uncanny ability to keep going when everyone else would quit. Your success is tied to your ability to keep working after you have the urge to quit. Quitting is a bad habit, and it’s often learned at a young age. Learn how to continue making progress no matter how strong the urge to quit grows.

Consider the reasons you may feel like quitting in the first place:

You may lack energy. A lack of energy is a common reason for quitting a project. Exhaustion can be physical or mental. To help counteract your exhaustion, get a full night of sleep, eat more nutritious food and learn to relax more. Take control over your schedule and streamline your life.

You may lack focus. Too many distractions can result in the desire to quit. Are you trying to accomplish too many other things? Some people can deal with more goals than others. If you feel overwhelmed, narrow your focus to your most important goals. Ultimate Achievers do this every 90-Days.

Maybe It’s not that important to you. Do you have a good enough reason to keep going? Why are you doing this activity in the first place? Remind yourself of why it’s important to keep going. Find a good reason to continue. If you follow our Ultimate Achievement System, you’ll be able to refer back to your Goal Worksheets and your journal or Lifestyle Planner to remember why this is one of the projects that you’re working on right now.

Understand the reasons you feel the desire to quit. It’s natural to want to quit. And most people do. Will you be one of the few that’s able to persevere? It’s just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other until you’re finished. 

Create small successes. Nothing is more motivating than success. Set yourself up for regular success by breaking bigger goals into smaller, benchmark goals that move you forward and build on each other. These baby steps can result in the momentum you need to carry you to the finish line.

Focus on the endpoint. Keep your eye on how great you’ll feel when you’ve your goals. By focusing on the endpoint, you can maintain your motivation more easily. Visualize your ideal endpoint at least daily.

Stay on schedule. Once your motivation begins to wane, it’s easy to lose track of your goal. Other activities seem to take over your schedule and it becomes easier to procrastinate. So, make a schedule that will ensure you stay engaged. Be sure to check in with yourself at least once per week, on the same day each week. This is called the Goal Progression Session or GPS. More on that later. 

Ask yourself how you’ll feel if you allow yourself to quit. Quitting msy feel good in the short-term, but we usually regret it later on. How will you feel in a week, month, or year from today if you let yourself quit?

Learn to keep going, no matter how strong the desire to quit grows. This is the best indicator of your ability to be successful. You will eventually succeed if you can continue moving toward your goal.

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