7 Characteristics of great achievers Part 2 of 7


*I define high achievers or great achievers, the people who have gone above and beyond in any area of their lives and have accomplished more than the average person. This is not an inclusive list, but I limited it to seven. One for each day of the week.

**If you missed part 1, you can find it HERE.

Part 2: Great achievers value TIME

Everyone has heard “time is money” but familiarity builds contempt. You could repeat something so much that it completely loses its meaning. Procrastinating and having the intention to do things without actual planning them is very dangerous. You blink one second, and there goes a second you’ll never have back. Next thing you know, it’s 10 years later and you say “I wish I had…”

Great achievers understand the true meaning behind it because they respect their time and what they do with it. As a punctual person myself, one of my biggest pet peeves is when someone doesn’t respect a meeting time or simply doesn’t bother to show up for an appointment. To them, it might not be a big deal because their word and their time doesn’t mean anything or that they don’t think it has affected me in any way, but the truth is I deeply value both my commitment and my time.

The difference between people who accomplish more and people who don’t is not that they are more talented; it’s usually because they understand the concept of time. Here are 2 things you can start implementing in your life today if you want to achieve more:

1. Be present and show up!

There is nothing more important than the concept of being here and now. Whatever you do, be fully present with your spirit, mind and body.

Most people’s minds are either in the past or in the future most of the time. When your mind is in the past, you will carry a lot of guilt and they will stop you from getting things done now. You can’t change the past and you can only change the future by doing something about it today. When your mind is in the future, you will make too many plans, procrastinate a lot and worry too much. It’s virtually impossible for a human being to be constantly in the present, but it’s important to recognize when our mind starts wandering in order to bring it back to the task at hand. 

Thinking of the past or planning the future is not good or bad; think of it more as “useful or not useful.” Thinking of the past is not useful if you can’t change it or make amends. Thinking of the future is useful in order to have something to look forward to and plans to work on but they will never happen if you keep planning. Eventually you’ll have to take action. A mountain is climbed one step at a time. Take one step each day towards your goals.

2. Prioritize your time and stay organized.

Another one of my pet peeves is when someone says that they don’t have enough time to do something that will improve their life.

Everyone is given 24 hours a day. Nobody gets less and nobody gets more. It’s not that you don’t have time, it’s just that you choose not to do the things you need to do with your time. It’s an issue of prioritizing poorly and putting less important things at the top.

With an overwhelming “to-do” list, do the things that are most important first and do each task until completion without stressing about the next. When a life-changing opportunity comes your way and will not last long, seize the moment instead of putting it off to “one day.”

The busiest people in the world, including every single president of the U.S. have been known to wake up every morning before 6am in order to exercise and plan their day. That’s why being organized and planning each day is very important. You can never control time or all the outcomes, but respecting it is an important step for success.


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