Character Traits, successful people, values
What are the distinctions that all highly successful people share that sets them apart, and makes them stand out from the crowd? Over the last three articles, I have shared three of the seven character traits that all highly successful people share:
1. Passion, 2. Belief, and 3. Strategy.
This character trait will give you a little uneasiness at first, but once you figure it out and apply it to your own life, you will have unstoppable power in your life. So, I encourage you to take this one as seriously as any of the others, no matter how you may feel about it initially.
Trait #4 is Clarity of Values.
Think about what makes America great. We have amazing patriotism and pride about who we are. We carry a sense of tolerance for all men. A greater sense of purpose drives us to rise to lead the world. And we share a tremendous love of freedom like no other nation on the planet.
These things that make us great are values – fundamental moral and ethical
judgments about what really matters in life. Values are specific belief systems we hold about what is right and wrong. Our values are what makes life worth living, and include things like our God, family, friends, health, excellence, freedom, love, peace, and stewardship – to name a few.
The problem is that many, if not most people do not have a clear idea about what’s really important to them. As a result, many live lives of mediocrity, disappointment, and even regret. But, look at the most highly successful people of our time and you will usually find people with a clear fundamental sense about what really matters.
Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Billy Graham, George W. Bush, and even John Wayne. They all have different visions, but they all have afundamental moral grounding. Whether you agree with their purpose or not, they all have a sense of who they are and why they do what they do. With that clarity of values, each has been able to change the world.
Understanding your values is rewarding and challenging, but is also key to achieving high levels of success – no matter how you define success. Please feel free to visit my blog for more resources about how to discover your values – your why.
It is important to point out that each of these character traits feeds on the others and they each interact as well.
Is passion affected by belief? You bet. When someone believes in something strongly enough, we are more likely to passionately invest in it’s achievement. Is belief by itself enough to achieve success? It is a great start, but if you believe you are going to see a sunrise and your strategy is to run west, you will have a difficult time achieving success.
If your strategy for success requires that you do things that do not align with your values, then even the best strategy will not work.
These traits are inseparable to have success. Just as that is true of these four traits, the same is true of our next trait. Without this one, you will have a hard time maintaining the stamina necessary to become highly successful. Check in to the next article in this series to find out exactly what that is.