10 Top Skills & Traits to Develop & Use to Achieve Your Goals


You need more than the right tools; you need the right skills and traits to achieve your goals

Productivity is the key that unlocks your full potential as a top performer. If you want to become a top performer, then it’s best to have a plan in place that helps you make the most use of your time. Increasing your productivity will help you achieve more.

Being busy is different than becoming productive. If you don’t have any goals set for your performance, then you’ll merely stay busy with your efforts aimlessly wandering without guidance.

To dig even deeper, it’s not good enough to attempt these outward activities. What makes these outward activities work is your character, skills and inward constitution. 

It seems like some people are just born with it. What you have to realize is those skills and traits can be developed.

There are specific characteristics that you can develop to maximize your full potential in productivity and achieving your goals.

Improve Personal Productivity with These Skills and Traits

Achieving your goals is possible, even if the world seems to be working against you. When you have all of these skills and traits in your toolbox, then it’s possible to overcome any obstacle that might get in your way.

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1. Persistence

Continue to work hard for what you want when times become tough. There will be people in your life who might tell you to give up.

Even the work you need to do might seem to be pointless and overwhelming at times, but being persistent will keep you pushing forward on your journey.

Develop a willingness in your life to continue pressing forward with the challenges you face. The most meaningful goals and dreams don’t come easy.

2. Resiliency

Resiliency differs from persistence in that it speaks to the process of adapting to an adverse situation. Even if you do plan out your day, unfortunate things happen to everyone. That’s just how life is. 

Your circumstances can change at any moment. However, if something negative happens, you can get back on track. 

There will be times in your life when situations or individuals will try to take you off of the path toward your goals. 

Even when things seem bleak, accept that life is tough and figure out how you can move toward your goals.

Adaptability enables you to embrace challenges and changes. No matter the setback, you have the flexibility and versatility to overcome.

3. Patience

It takes time to achieve the most meaningful goals you have in life. Instead of expecting something immediate to happen, appreciate the efforts you put into the processes of productivity. 

It won’t happen overnight. No shortcuts exist to take you to the place of productivity where you become immediately competent at what you do.

When you create a to-do list for your goals, always place the highest-priority item at the top of the list. Then, you can progress through each item until you reach the bottom. 

When you start out, your goals may seem daunting, but as you look back periodically, you’ll see all the progress you’ve made.

4. Focus

Focus is the ability to concentrate on your goals. The drawbacks of multi-tasking also applies to pursuing too many goals. We only have so much time in the day.

Warren Buffet recommends a three-step 5/25 rule. Write your 25 dreams or goals. Circle your top five. The remainder are your secondary goals, which you should avoid at all costs until the top five have been achieved.

Don’t work on your secondary goals even when you feel like you have some time. This will remove the distractions of secondary goals that keep you from completing your primary objectives.

5. Positivity

Everything starts with a positive mindset when you want to achieve a goal or improve productivity levels. When you put your mind to something, then believing in yourself can take you to astounding heights. 

Discouraging yourself from starting something because of one reason or another will limit what you could potentially gain. Even if the endeavor doesn’t result in your targeted measure of success, there are lessons and personal development that you could discover.

One of the best ways to encourage this trait is to surround yourself with people who will help you to press forward while holding you accountable when you stop moving.

Your mindset will greatly influence the achievement of your goals.

6. Authenticity

You cannot reach goals in life if you’re creating a pretend world for yourself. Embrace who you are and what you hope to accomplish with your productivity efforts. False pretenses will only hold you back from your full potential.

Think about what you really want. Not what others want for you. 

People, or society, may put expectations on you to fill a certain role or status. You may receive pressure to conform. 

Or you may even put pressure on yourself with the desire to fit in or the desire for approval.

Do your goals truly align with your values?

7. Honesty

Does anyone ever experience long-term life benefits if they’re lying all the time? Even if you’re the only person you’re lying to, you’re still cheating yourself. 

Many of us may subconsciously do this to ourselves. It can be easy to stay busy and think you’re accomplishing something.

However, take a good look at yourself. Evaluate what you’re working on. Are you really making progress or are you just doing busywork?

Of course, dishonesty can tarnish your relationships with others. If you lose your reputation, it can weigh on you and affect your mentality. 

At that point, it’s almost impossible to maximize your productivity. You’re battling either to put up a front or to regain trust. 

Truthfulness will compel forward progress, creating more energy for you to use along the way.

8. Organization

If you make a list of every task to accomplish during the day, you’ll know exactly what you need to accomplish for success. 

After creating your list, or lists, reorganize the items so that the most critical needs of the day take the top priority. To take it another step, create those tasks in your calendar. If it’s in your calendar, it’s part of your schedule.

Staying organized has practical benefits to consider. When you look at the cost of searching for lost items and files, over $177 billion gets lost each year because of cluttered workspaces. 

If your mental and physical environment are prepared for the work you do each, then it is easier to accomplish your daily tasks.

9. Gratefulness

A grateful heart allows you to express positive emotions while decreasing negative influences. Instead of focusing on feelings of victimization or envy, you can embrace the successes in life. 

This personality trait improves productivity because your focus is on becoming better instead of where you think the world holds you back. This is a more productive attitude.

An emphasis on gratitude makes life a more enjoyable place to be because each interaction seeks out the best of the encounter. Working with a grateful heart will help you appreciate the steps you’re taking and how you’re able to work towards your goals. This will drive you forward.

10. Discipline

Discipline is the skill of keeping yourself focused and organized in a world that feels chaotic. You’re employing self-regulation to control your short-term desires, emotions, and behaviors while pursuing your goals and dreams. 

Discipline helps you break the barrier of merely having a feeling to choosing to act on it. It even constrains you to make sacrifices.

You may end up spending less time with a certain group of friends or family. You may have to place secondary goals or hobbies on hold.

Others can encourage you all they want, but ultimately, it is up to you to execute.

How Will You Improve Your Productivity Today?

You can start the process of reaching your goals today. All it takes is the willingness to move forward. You can employ some tools that can help you along the way.

One of the best ways to develop these skills and traits is to find a support group. Either those who are pursuing similar goals or those invested in your potential. Such relationships can encourage you and help you find insight into progress.

Your journey toward better productivity and success begins when you can set aside any preconceived notions that might exist. 

If you work hard every day, use these skills and incorporate these traits, then there is nothing that will hold you back from your goals.

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