Albert Einstein

Did you know that Einstein’s brain is kept in storage somewhere? Scientists decided that his brain is too precious and should be kept for studying. By studying his brain, they’re hoping to find what made him the successful.

Whether or not scientists find something useful by studying his brain, the truth is success is easier to come by if you have someone’s example to follow. Sometimes it makes sense to look into the mind of high achievers to know what they are thinking. If you know how successful people think, what affects their decision, and how their minds work, you can use that to your advantage.

Failing in the past may mean that you are doing something wrong, so to avoid making the same mistakes, you should find out what successful people do and work this into your self-development plan.

Studies revealed that successful people are marked by their strong motive to achieve, whereas low achievers are usually motivated to avoid failing. If you want to achieve more, then you need to emulate this behaviour. To become an achiever, you must have the drive to get things done and earn satisfaction from doing so.

What else in the mind of high achievers? This is how they think:

  • You are Responsible for Your Success

Men who are motivated to achieve their dreams believe that the key factors of success are persistence, hard work, and taking initiative. Basically, you owe your success to yourself. Whether you are successful or not, where you are now is based on how you performed. You can’t blame anyone but yourself for not achieving what you want.

  • Trying to Make Something of Your Life is Gratifying and Valuable

High achievers tie their efforts on difficult tasks with commitment, dedication, concentration, and involvement. You need to see your tasks as satisfying and important, regardless of how boring, repetitive and minute it seems, if you want to get somewhere. Let’s say you want to be promoted to be a Creative Director, but you’re a senior designer and have lots of competition at work. If you want to be promoted, then you need to show your boss that you’re dedicated to every aspect of your job. Show him that you love your work, not just its creative aspect, but also the tedious paperwork!

  • Tasks that are Demanding are also Opportunities

Rather than seeing demanding tasks as tedious, people who aim for the stars see challenging tasks as opportunities. If you think otherwise, then going through self development sessions will help you avoid seeing difficult tasks as threats but rather, stepping stones to your success. Remember, becoming successful isn’t easy. You need to work to get to where you want. 

  • There is always Room for Improvement

High achievers are aware that they aren’t perfect and that they too make mistakes. They believe that there is always room for improvement and self development can be achieved through practice, coaching, and training. There are certain skills that are needed for certain tasks, and even if you don’t have them, understand that you can improve and learn them along the way. Don’t give up just because you think you can’t do it. 

  • Persistence is Key

High achieving individuals believe that constant commitment and effort will help them get through any initial failures or other obstacles that come their way. You need to be persistent. Don’t think that you can’t accomplish something until you have actually given all efforts to do so. Trying to do something three times and failing isn’t going to cut it. You can only give up if you have tried thousands of times and still aren’t getting anywhere.

There are a lot of things that go into self development. If you are having difficulty accomplishing your goals, then you need to take a break and really study what you are doing. Perhaps it could just be your mind-set that is bringing you down. Now that you understand what’s in the mind of high achievers, use it to your advantage.


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Paul Bailey

Paul is a highly experienced Business Coach, Mentor and Personal Development Specialist. He works with people to enhance business and personal performance through a process of supported self-awareness and self- development. Paul is the Co-Author of the book 80 Tips.