By Chris Widener
Of course by now we are all becoming aware of DNA. It is the source code
that determines who we are. When we look at DNA we can see what a person
will look like, what diseases they may come down with, etc. This has been a
tremendous breakthrough for scientists and will continue to be so for some
time, I think.
This got me to thinking about what makes up those who are top achievers. Is
there a “DNA” to them? Obviously, all top achievers wouldn’t have the same
literal DNA but what about a figurative DNA? Is there a common “gene” that
they all have? Are there common “genes” perhaps? I think so!
If we could get right down to it, I think these are the genes we would find
in the DNA of top achievers:
A predisposition to setting high, lofty goals. Top achievers are people who
won’t and can’t settle for the status quo. They see average as a place they
want to keep in the rear-view mirror. Instead, they continually look for
ways to stretch themselves, to get better, to do better, to be better! They
set their sights on goals that others have never even thought of. They want
to shoot so high that even if they miss, they go higher than everyone else.
This is what makes them top achievers.
An ability to focus intently upon reaching their desired destination. Many
people can set high goals, but just as many people get sidetracked by one
thing or another on their way to those goals. High, lofty goals usually take
a while to get there so there will always be plenty of time to be tempted to
stray away from the road that is taking you to those goals. Often, those
things that sidetrack people are good things, but not the best things. Top
achievers do not get sidetracked. They stay focused. They know where they
are going. They have an ability to say “no” to the good things in order to
get to the best things.
The willingness to personally sacrifice in order to get to their goal. When
the going gets tough, many people quit. When the going get tough personally,
most people quit. When the going gets tough for top achievers, they remind
themselves of the high. lofty goals they have set for themselves. They
remind themselves of what an accomplishment it will be for them and that the
reward is worth pushing through the momentary trials. They are willing to
sacrifice personally in the short-term in order to get the reward and the
prize long-term. Keeping their eyes on the big picture enables them to
persevere through any personal pain they may experience.
A predisposition to tenacity. Tenacity is the ability to “keep on going.”
Tough times? Keep on going! Financial troubles? Keep on going! People are
suspect? Keep on going! You look like a dreamer? Keep on going! Tired? Keep
on going! Want to quit and take it easy? Keep on going! Just remember this:
Keep on going! The prize is ahead! Many people quit just before they were to
get the reward, so keep on going!
The ability to see available resources and to use them accordingly. Those
who are top achievers know that they cannot be lone-rangers on the way to
the top. No one makes it by himself or herself. Top achievers recognize
their weaknesses – the weaknesses that if they don’t cover will keep them
from becoming a top achiever! They see their resources and they work to get
them into a helping position so they can continue the route to becoming a
top achiever. And they don’t use them, they utilize them. There is a big
difference! People, finances, etc are all brought in to help by the top
A desire to help others achieve more for themselves as well. The top
achiever knows that they can make a difference for others by becoming a top
achiever. They know that the wealth they make can feed the hungry. They know
that the position of influence they achieve can open a door for someone who
may not normally get a chance. True top achievers look at how they can bring
many with them, not how they can leave many in the dust. People are helped
by the top achiever, not trampled upon!
I think if we could get to the DNA of top achievers, the things we talked
about above would be at the core and fiber of their beings. What about you?
Did you recognize yourself at all? I hope so! The good news about the DNA we
are talking about today as opposed to real DNA is that you can go out and
work on top achiever DNA whereas you are stuck with real DNA. So if you lack
a little in the above-mentioned areas, take heart – you can get better and
work on them so that you can become a top achiever!
Chris Widener is a popular speaker and writer as well as the President of
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