5 tips to becoming a High Achiever

Everyone wants to be a High Achiever, but most of us just dream the dream – we don’t actually get down to it, working hard for it. But if you are considering the aspect of being a High Achiever, here are 5 tips to get you started.

1. Work on something that you don’t necessarily hate

The phrase ‘find your passion’ is just too mainstream and possibly not the best advice around. We know that passion can range from anything to everything, including lazing around in bed. Finding your passion is a great first step to becoming a High Achiever, but that only works if your passion is reasonably noteworthy and healthy. If you find your passion aligning with social norms of success, hurray for you. Or else, my recommendation would be for you to work on something that you don’t necessarily hate. This would greatly broaden the range of things that you are able to do.


2. Aim high, set realistic goals 

Now that you have found your work anchor, it is time to set an achievable high goal. Have you ever attempted standing broad jump? Basically, it is a physical test that gauges your jumping distance from a standpoint. The trick to jumping far is to aim further. The same can be applied to your life. To be a High Achiever, you have to aim high – and set your goals realistically right. 

Sit down and visualize who you are and where you want to be. You have to know what you are yearning for deep down in your heart. Thereafter, you set your goals for the next 6 months, for 1 year and for 5 years. Having goals in life is essential to mental well-being. It gives us meaning in our own existence and pushes us to strive for the better.


3. Practice delayed gratification, stick to a strict regime

You might have heard the phrase that success is 99% attitude and 1% aptitude. This statement is very true. High Achievers may in many cases have extraordinary IQ, but without working hard, they would never qualify to be amidst the top.

Also, have you ever heard of the marshmallow experiment conducted by the psychologist Walter Mischel who became a professor at Stanford University? It was shown that small children who practised delayed gratification were correlated with higher SAT scores later in life.

It is extremely helpful to set up a strict regime that allows you to achieve your goals. It could for example be cutting down on the duration spent on social media, reallocating time to other meaningful activities that will ultimately contribute to achieving your goals. It is all about discipline.


4. Take up more responsibilities

High Achievers are usually all-rounders, with numerous leadership positions. You too could join clubs or committees, and work hard to strive for the executive positions. There is no quick and easy solution to this path, only time, hard work – and charisma. Charisma is one of the most potent formulae to being at the top of the hierarchy, yet it is not an easy feat. Read up on how-tos to develop this skill!


5. Read books on personal development 

All humans will inevitably be forced to admit that they are not omniscient. Sorry. We definitely don’t know everything in this world, in fact we don’t even know of all habits and techniques that will guide us to becoming a High Achiever. By reading this article, I am pretty sure you have acknowledged that. Anyway, we definitely need to break out of our standards and reach for knowledge beyond our ignorance. Reading books on personal development will open your mind to a whole new level of possibilities and enlightenment.

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