Some people seem to be born with a golden touch that turns every project into a success. However, high achievers
aren't just born to win; anyone can achieve their dreams when armed with the right tools and knowledge.
High achievers like and Tony Robbins
share several common traits you can develop, too.
1. Ability to Hold a Long Vision
High achievers always think beyond their current circumstances. They don't have to figure out how to do this; it's part of who they are. Their vision is naturally oriented toward the future.
To realize any worthy dream requires sustained focus on where you want to be and the goal you want to achieve. For instance, if you're in debt, you won't get out of debt by focusing on how much money you owe. You need to shift your focus to finding the solution.
Long vision comes into play when your goal is exceptionally large. You're going to need to keep your focus on your vision for a long time while you work on creating your dream.
If you want to create a billion-dollar company, for example, it won't happen overnight. You'll undoubtedly encounter obstacles, setbacks, and inconveniences along the way. You may even experience a setback that makes you think everything is about to fail. That setback may or may not actually be a setback, but how you handle that setback leads to the next trait.
2. Ability to Keep Moving Forward Despite Evidence to the Contrary
High achievers possess the ability to bounce back quickly as if they never fell in the first place. A setback that would be disastrous to the average person is just a bump in the road for the high achiever. Even if they must take a hit, they don't focus on what was lost; they just keep moving forward.
3. Ability to Invent a New Possibility
You've likely heard the phrase, "consider the possibilities," many times throughout your life. High achievers don't just consider existing possibilities; they invent new ones. The difference is huge.
For instance, considering existing possibilities results in adding one person's invention to another person's. For example, cars now come with tablet entertainment systems, built-in GPS systems, Bluetooth, and other tech inventions. Whoever thought of putting these features in a car was creative, but they didn't invent anything new.
The people who came up with the idea for an autonomous, self-driving car invented
a new possibility. Today, many car manufacturers create and test-drive self-driving vehicles. Audi was the first automaker to demonstrate an autonomous vehicle in the state of New York. Their demonstration in June 2017
was one of many demos around the United States.
It All Starts with a Vision
Inventing a possibility requires a vision for something not yet created. Choosing from existing possibilities will only give you more of the same—just rearranged. The greatest visionaries pay no mind to what others deem possible. In fact, every major technological advancement seemed like a fairy tale before it was successfully created.
Just look at these examples of yesterday's science fiction
that have become today's reality. Years ago, concepts like the Jetson's flat screen television and Star Trek's
"communicator" were just fanciful ideas. Today, we've got televisions you can lift with one hand and cell phones in our pockets.
Another example of creative vision-turned-reality can be seen in the movie Minority Report
. The characters in the movie interact with a non-physical computer screen that floats in thin air.
Like you see in the movie, ITIR out of Taiwan has created air-input technology
, and researchers from Bristol have used haptic feedback to create a computer screen you don't have to touch. Normally, haptic feedback happens after a button has been touched on a flat screen. However, these researchers are using acoustic radiation pressure to project ultrasound waves above the screen, so no touch is required.
"We can give different points of feeling at the same time that feel different so you can assign a meaning to them," Tom Carter
, from the BIG research group, says. "So, the 'play' button feels different from the 'volume' button, and you can feel them just by waving your hand."
Touchscreen technology on a flat surface was a creative evolution of the standard keyboards and buttons we've been using for decades. Applying those same principles to the air is a revolution—a possibility invented
Make Your Dream as Big as the Sun
Big dreams aren't impossible to achieve; you just have to stay focused and never give up.
Larry is an independent business consultant specializing in tech, social media trends, business, and entrepreneurship. Follow him on LarryAlton3Twitter and LinkedIn.