There’s a variety, a cross selection of qualities you need, to become successful in life. It’s not about thinking or talking about it, but how you direct your time and energy on what needs to be done. What it requires is rolling up your sleeves, and digging in the trenches.
It’s not about having natural talent or higher education, but the extra effort of motivation that’s needed to work harder than others.
Regardless of who you are, there’s certain things every successful person shares in common, which is intestinal fortitude, a gut driven will.
The willingness to go the extra mile, is the separation line the majority of successful people share over us mere mortals. The guts, perseverance, and the stamina to channel their dreams into reality.
They Expect And Welcome Mistakes
Two critical traits successful people have in common are they expect failure, and they have the drive to overcome them.
What they don’t care about is what others think of them, or what they do.
The most successful of entrepreneurs, are conditioned not to place any of their limited time or energy into stressing about failure.
What they realize is failure is a necessary step in the process, when wanting to reach their goals.
Defeat Makes Them Resilient
Successful people don’t start paying attention, until something becomes deficient or begins to fail or hurt. Once they feel pain, is when things begin to matter.
Once things start to get tough, is when they start to take action. What they overcome are obstacles while learning something.
It’s human nature to react to past habits. So if you’re conditioned to quit once things get tough, then it becomes easier to pack it in the next time it happens.
You can allow the next hardship to defeat you, or you can consciously push through the setback and grow.
Doing Things You Don’t Like
Successful people know they need to do certain things they don’t like to do. They understand doing so is the best solution in the long run.
So learn to quit projects and start over again, get fired or fire someone, plead and beg, stop doing the same things over and over again expecting different results.
It becomes easy to allow the upcoming challenges to paralyze you. Successful people know in certain situations, it can be addition by subtraction, even if they dread doing it.
They make the tough calls to get rid of the turkeys in their life, to attract the eagles.
Being Mindful Of Emotions
Negative emotions when things go wrong is the first instinct. One thing you can’t avoid is feeling these emotions, so it’s up to you to manage them, by keeping yourself in control.
Once you allow your emotions to overtake you, doing so becomes a habit and a pattern you want to rid of.
Constantly being in a bad mood for instance, does is distracts you from your goals, while an arrogant mood can make you impulsive, overconfident and cocky.
Trusting Your Instincts
You need to know the fine line between trusting your gut instinct and being impulsive. What trusting your instinct does, is forces you to look at all the possible outcomes.
If the facts don’t add up or make sense, or they don’t present a clear definitive answer, then you need to trust in your ability to decide, and do what feels right.
Being impulsive is jumping to conclusions, which is the only mental exercise some people take.
Be A Leader Even If No One Follows
Those who are meek will question what you’re doing, once you break away from the pack and do your own thing.
What’s easy is setting a new direction once you have the support of others. Successful people will do so regardless.
The true sign of having intestinal fortitude is how well you stand your ground, how you maintain your resolve, when there’s no one who believes in what you’re doing.
Successful people with resolve believe in themselves and what they do. Once they set their mind to it, regardless of what they decide, they’ll stay the course to prove they’re right or wrong.
If they win others to their way of thinking, then great. If not, then who cares.
Meet Deadlines Exceed Expectations
What successful people will do is constantly find a way to say “yes,” while still honouring their past commitments. They finish what they’ve previously promised to do.
They know the only way to stand out from the crowd and win, is to outwork everyone.
What they’ve developed is the tendency to always over deliver. Even if they over promise, they’ll get it done.
Focus On Strict Details
There’s nothing that tests one’s resolve than making mistakes while performing mind numbing tasks, especially when overworked or overtired.
The more those with intestinal fortitude are challenged, the more they’ll dig their claws in, and welcome and complete that challenge, regardless of the details or what needs to be done.
Always Be Nice
When someone treats you poorly, even just once, it becomes tempting to return the favour by stooping to their level and smacking them in the face.
Successful people with intestinal fortitude, will never allow anyone to walk or talk all over them.
What this doesn’t mean is you need to be passive. Instead, treat those who are annoying or obnoxious with the same kindness you would anyone else.
The reason for this is because you don’t want their negative attitude to bring you down.
Always Being Accountable For What You Do
What people will always remember is how you dealt with or resolved a difficult issue, rather than remember how the problem originated in the first place.
Once you hold yourself accountable for everything you do, what you’re doing is showing you care, that you want to resolve the situation, even admitting you were wrong.
You’re showing you don’t care about your image or ego. Having this perseverance, is a rare yet important quality we all need to adopt.