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In a previous article, we delved into discussions about habits and daily routines great achievers have in common. This piece is a continuation from where we left off. In this article we focus on three additional habits and routines of high achievers have. Shall we?

Related Article: What Great Achievers have in Common (Pt. 1)

Associate with great people

The reality is that great achievers tend to associate with other great minds. They are conscious of the value of their social circles. It is in relating with other great achievers they get inspired and challenged to keep pushing their dreams and achieving greater laurels. These are the people they can fall back on when the going gets tough. Mark Ambrose opined: “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” Jim Rohn on his part stated: “You become like the five people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully.”

Wilfred Peterson perceptively admonished: “Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground.” Several studies conducted have revealed that a person`s social circle can have a great impact on such an individual`s overall well-being. You will do yourself a lot of good if you are minded to associate with people who know where their headed and who are working towards the realization of same.

Be action-oriented

Great achievers are action-oriented. They are doers, not just thinkers. Harvey Mackay once intimated: “Ideas without action are worthless.” Great achievers are goal-getters. They decide on what they want in life and put in the work necessary to make it happen. They give no room no procrastination. Jeff Kooz admitted: “If I take action, I’m at least more likely to succeed than if I stay stranded in my comfort zone.” Another brilliant mind noted: “A little deed done very well is better than a mighty plan kept on paper, undone. Wishes don’t change the world; it’s actions that do this business!”

Do not allow the fear of embarrassment and failure to hold you back from doing what you know should be done. Discipline yourself in the pursuit of such a noble goal. Apply yourself to your work. Be intent about not putting off what ought to be done today and you will marvel at how much you have accomplished over the long haul. By all means, take action.

Take the route of persistence

Albert Einstein rightly admitted: “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”  B. C. Forbes observed: “History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeat.” Great achievers throughout history and across the globe have had to persist, sometimes against monumental odds in the pursuit of their aspirations and goals. Challenges that would demoralize and paralyze others have spurred these achievers to accomplish phenomenal feats. Many built businesses that went bankrupt and yet went on to build other companies that thrived. None of the struggles and mishaps could break their resolve.

They set their gaze on the goal and kept pushing the boundaries amidst many bumpy and not too pleasant experiences. Abraham Lincoln eventually became United States president after several setbacks and unsuccessful bids. The life of prolific inventor, Thomas Edison exemplifies what persistence will do for you; he is said to have successfully invented the electric bulb only after literally hundreds of failed attempts.

The celebrated and wealthy founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma admits to a long streak of failures and disappointments. He applied for admission to Harvard University ten times but was turned down on every occasion. Many other setbacks followed, yet he remained resolute in his determination to succeed. His persistence paid off eventually. You may be down today but you aren`t a failure yet until you quit trying. Get right back up, re-strategize and advance towards the realization of you goals and aspirations. You can become a high achiever. Yes, you can.