TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that ultra successful people have a lot in common. In particular, 90% of them are skilled at managing their emotions in order to stay focused, calm, and productive. What are the keys?
1. They’re Composed
They know that no matter how good or bad things get, everything changes with time. All they can do is adapt and adjust to stay happy and in control.
2. They’re Knowledgeable
They’re always looking for opportunities to improve and new things to learn about themselves and the world around them.
3. They’re Deliberate
Ultra successful people reach decisions by thinking things out, seeking advice from others, and sleeping on it. They know that (as studies show) impulsively relying too much on gut-instinct is ineffective and misleading. Being able to slow down and logically think things through makes all the difference.
4. They Speak with Certainty
Successful people speak assertively because they know that it’s difficult to get people to listen to you if you can’t deliver your ideas with conviction.
5. They Use Positive Body Language
Positive body language makes all the difference in a conversation because how you say something can be more important than what you say.
6. They Leave a Strong First Impression
Research shows that most people decide whether or not they like you within the first seven seconds of meeting you. They then spend the rest of the conversation internally justifying their initial reaction.
7. They Seek Out Small Victories
Successful people like to challenge themselves and compete, even when their efforts yield only small victories. When you achieve a series of small victories, the boost in your confidence can last for months.
8. They’re Fearless
Fear is nothing more than a lingering emotion that’s fueled by your imagination.Danger is real. Fear is a choice.
9. They’re Graceful
Graceful people are the perfect combination of strong and gentle. They don’t resort to intimidation, anger, or manipulation to get a point across because their gentle, self-assured nature gets the job done.
10. They’re Honest
Super successful people trust that honesty and integrity, though painful at times, always work out for the best in the long run.
11. They’re Grateful
Instead of basking in the glory of achievement, super successful people recognize others for the wonderful things they’ve done for them.
12. They’re Appreciative
Truly exceptional people are able to achieve so much because they know the importance of slowing down and appreciating everything they already have.
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