First of all, forget some of the most basic habits you learned in school. Once you are in the real world—and it doesn’t matter if you are twenty-two or sixty-two, starting your first job or your fifth—the way to get ahead is to over-deliver. Look, for years, you’ve been taught the virtues of meeting specific expectations. And you’ve been trained that it’s an A-plus performance to fully answer every question the teacher asks. Those days are over.
To get an A-plus in business you have to expand the organization’s expectations of you and then exceed them, and you have to fully answer every question the “teacher” asks, plus a slew of questions he or she didn’t even think of. Your goal, in other words, should be to make your bosses smarter, your team more effective, and the whole company more competitive because of your energy, creativity, and insights….
If your boss asks you for a report on the outlook of one of your company’s products over the next year, you can be sure she already has a solid sense of the answer. So, go beyond being the grunt assigned to confirm her hunch. Do the extra research, legwork, and data crunching to give her something that really expands her thinking…. In other words, give your boss something that shocks and awes her, something new and interesting that she can report to her bosses. In time, those kinds of ideas will move the company forward and you upward.
Here are the traits of a true winner:
They want to solve problems
Winners look at problems as a challenge rather than as a problem. They do not look at it in a negative manner. Rather, they view each problem as a positive opportunity to learn and implement.
They are adaptable
Come what may to become a winner one has to face a lot of obstacles. In such a scenario one has to adapt well. Be it people, places, or resources, there will be a time when all doesn’t go as planned. At such times, winners adapt smoothly to the circumstances.
They maintain their success
Achieving that one thing you desired is one thing and maintaining it is another. Winners know that once they have achieved the success they need to keep their feet on the ground. True success comes only once you maintain it and carry it forward.
They trust their gut
A million people might give you their opinions, but finally, it is what you decide that makes the cut. Taking a firm decision and listening to your conscience has a long way to go in determining how you fair as a winner. Winners listen to their gut feeling and know that finally it isn’t about what others say but their own satisfaction that makes all the difference.
They are in control of their thoughts
They do not let their minds wander with too many thoughts. They follow a systematic routine and stick to it. A lot of people might try to pull them or even ridicule them, but this doesn’t deter them from their goal.
They know the power that lies in giving
A person who isn’t willing to give and help is actually an inferior person. True winners know that by giving and helping others, their own power will be elevated. Good deeds are often rewarded in various forms. True winners don’t hesitate in sharing their knowledge.
They do not fret over their competitors
Winners know that there may be other people out there, but they don’t waste time worrying about their competition. They focus their energy on their own tasks. The minute one looks around watching others, fear will trickle in. A winner is confident about his ability to execute the task in hand.
If I don’t do it, someone else will
They are go-getters. In today’s world, everyone and anyone can be replaced. True winners know that they should be the first to take the initiative. They know when to lead and when to follow. If they don’t do it now, then someone else will get the opportunity that was meant for them.
Winners do not have a particle date or time to accomplish anything. It is not about what your stars tell about you or about how lucky you are. It is all about how you plan and keep yourself motivated.