Written By Teraysa Guinasso, MA

According to the Urban dictionary, “The Badass carves his or her own path. He(She) wears, drives, drinks, watches, and listens to what (s)he chooses, when (s)he chooses, where (s)he chooses, uninfluenced by fads or advertising campaigns. Badass style is understated but instantly recognizable. Like a  good pair of sunglasses: simple, direct, and functional.”

High achievers are the people who excel in terms of skills and responsibilities. They can be true assets to their teams. Results-driven and motivated, they work to a high standard, with little need for supervision or hand-holding, and in fact, don’t usually want it. This is because they are:

  1. Taking Responsibility for Their Lives  They make good choices based on their values that they take time to determine and re-evaluate every 6 months to a year.
  2. Cultivating Curiosity by Asking Themselves Important Questions  Such as: “What is my personal mission? What is it that I want in the end for my life? What is the vision for this project, the end result that I want? Can I imagine it in great detail? What plan or strategy can I put in place based on my personal mission? They obviously begin with the end in mind.
  3. Mastering Their Minutes, Because They Know How Valuable Time Is  Money can be made and lost again, but time spent can never be reclaimed. They prioritize and put first things first realizing it is more than ok to say, “NO!” in fact they understand that it’s imperative. Many won’t even attend meetings because of what time suckers they can be. And because they know what they value it makes it easier for them to focus on one thing; the one thing that brings them closer to their goal.
  4. Consciously Working at Mastering the Art of Communication  They know how to really listen, being present, giving their full attention. They ask questions instead of making assumptions. They think in terms of win-win; what might be mutually beneficial in the vein of cooperation.
  5. Creative Cooperators  Imaginative and open-minded, valuing the differences in people and how that might be beneficial to teamwork makes them pretty Badass. They know that the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
  6. Like Covey says, “Sharpening the Saw”  They consciously choose to have a balanced program for self-renewal in place. That means taking good care of the 4 main areas of their own life; physical, social/emotional, mental and spiritual. It increases their capacity to handle the challenges in life. And, they are not afraid to ask for help if they need it.
  7. Practicing a Consistent Morning Routine  Over 200 highly successful people were interviewed (by another party) and it was astonishing how many of them have a morning ritual. Most nurtured their bodies in the morning with water, a healthy breakfast, and light exercise. They cultivated their minds with meditation or prayer, inspirational reading, or journaling, often focusing on appreciation. Gratitude is key according to Shawn Achor, Harvard author and researcher.
  8. Keeping a Notebook  Richard Branson has said many times that he wouldn’t have been able to build Virgin without a simple notebook, which he takes with him wherever he goes.
  9. Following the 80/20 Rule  AKA the Pareto Principle is the idea that 80 percent of results come from only 20 percent of activities. They learn quickly which activities obtain the greatest results and focus on them.
  10. Delegating Almost Everything.  Enough said.
  11. Often Going Back to the Future  They figure out what they can do now that ensures that their future selves will do the very thing that is in alignment with their goals and values. They understand and never underestimate how much their mindset matters. They anticipate how they might self-sabotage in the future and come up with solutions to keep it from ever occurring. Genius. Which is why they often hire a good Life Coach, they know it helps.

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