Do you have something really important you want to achieve in your career? Your life?

Alternatively do you want to avoid failing at something?

Those questions remind me of sports teams leading in the game. Some play to win. Others become very careful and play not to lose. I have seen those teams lose more times than I can count.

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I have studied motivation and high achievers over many years. Recently I found this Psychology Today article: How Do High Achievers Really Think?

After making the point that high achievers want to achieve something important, the writer lists the core beliefs that differentiate achievement motivated individuals:

1. Success is your personal responsibility

I tell lawyers you are the architect of your career.

2. Demanding tasks are opportunities

I like Churchill’s quote:

The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty and the pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity.

3. Achievement striving is enjoyable

I have always loved striving to get better at something. It started long ago with sports and it continues today in my effort to write fiction.

4. Achievement striving is valuable

Seth Godin said: Being best in the world is seriously underrated.

5. Skills can be improved

I love coaching lawyers who believe they can develop the ability to attract, retain and expand relationships with clients.

6. Persistence works

I know. When I decided to focus on transportation construction contractors, it took over two years before the first contractor called seeking my help.