The Characteristics of a
by Clyde Dennis, a.k.a. "Mr.
As kind of a hobby I like to watch people. Just
kind of sit back and quietly watch how they react and respond to others and
their environment. Through the course of this activity I've noticed a few things
that the real winners in life seem to have in common. I'd like to point out a
few of these characteristics for the purpose of reinforcing them.
So without further delay or introductory
Winners have a pleasing attitude and
personality. - Success seems to come more easily to those who have a pleasing
personality. This is not to say that you should bend to everyone's wishes.
Rather, develop an attitude that is respectful of other's opinions but true to
your own beliefs. Be flexible - don't be so rigid that you can't accept
another's opinion. Be willing, even eager, to learn from others. Changing your
opinion in light of more facts is a sign of strength of character, not weakness.
Winners are extremely teachable - but at the same time very much their own
Winners control their emotions and guard
against emotional responses. - You are susceptible to errors in judgment when
you let your emotions get in the way. Of course, everything we do is done based
somewhat on our emotions, but strong emotions have little place in decision
making. Winners seem to understand this. Hold your emotions in check. Try to
delay decisions if you are in an emotional state. Learn to ignore your emotions
and use reasoning to arrive at your decisions, like winners.
Winners bubble over with enthusiasm. -
Enthusiasm works like a magnet - it draws people. It's a pleasing personality
trait that people like to be a part of. It seems to be contagious - the people
around you become enthusiastic, too, and become more cooperative. Enthusiasm!
Get some on you.
Winners focus on their strengths. - Focusing on
your limitations lets those limitations make your decisions for you. Focusing on
your strengths lets YOU make the decision. See the difference? Very few people
concentrate on fully developing any of their strengths. This is where winners
seem to have that winners edge. Along with this focus on their strengths winners
also have a frightening (to losers) focus on their goals. Winners always know
exactly where they're going.
Winners work at developing themselves to their
fullest potential by focusing on improving, not on being perfect. - Winners turn
their focus toward improvements they can make to become more efficient. You'll
note that most effective, successful people seem to accomplish a great deal. It
is true that this is partly due to enthusiasm for what they're doing, but
there's more to it. The more to it is their single minded determination to
squeeze every ounce from themselves.
Now I'm sure I haven't even come close to
covering all of the characteristics of you real winners out there. As always, my
intention here is to be a catalyst. I hope you'll take a step back and see how
many of these characteristics you wear on a consistent basis. This puts yourself
in position to either know that you are, or know what you could be working on
to... BE A WINNER!
Thanks for hanging out.
Live some. Love some. Learn some. Everyday.
About the Author:
Clyde Dennis, a.k.a. "Mr. How-To" has been writing and publishing
Articles and Newsletters online since 1999. Clyde's company EASYHow-To
Publications provides "How-To" information on How-To do, be or have
just about anything one can imagine. For more information visit http://www.EASYHow-To.com.
Email correspondence for Clyde should be sent to: cdennis at easyhow-to.com