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How High Achievers Think

Your approach to work and problem-solving can help you achieve more success. It can also help you experience less frustration along the way than many of your co-workers.

Characteristics of high achievers

High achievers have many subtle ways of helping themselves perform effectively, including:

Action orientation – This means looking at a problem and figuring out how to solve it. It involves immediately moving toward action. It means refusing to act defeated when you make a mistake – instead, you look for a correction and move forward as soon as possible.

Confidence – If you have confidence in your decisions, you don’t worry about making everyone happy, which is impossible. Instead, you try to make the best decision. You don’t overreact or take it personally when others disagree.

Flexibility – This means being open to compromise with others. High achievers are able to see things from other people’s viewpoints instead of being rigid or judgmental. This helps them get along well with their co-workers.

Worrying – If you are a high achiever, you don’t dwell on things that go wrong. You also don’t worry a lot about things you can’t control. You do your best to deal with what’s in front of you, which is the best use of your energy.

Optimism – High achievers are optimists, but also realistic. They look for the best in people whenever possible. Some optimists try to “fly by the seat of their pants.” High achievers hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

Stress is in the eye of the beholder

How you think about the situations you face ultimately determines your reaction. If you look at problems as interesting challenges, you’ll react more like a high achiever.

You’ll be motivated and inspired instead of frustrated and worn down. Studies show that people who feel less stressed-out think optimistically and make the best of the situations they face.

Studies also show that companies that encourage a positive environment have happier, healthier workers. Positive thinking can make a big difference in productivity and illness rates.

High achievers are action-oriented. Instead of wallowing in problems, they move quickly toward solutions. They don’t worry about the things they can’t control, and they can handle disapproval without losing their self-esteem.