Five Characteristics of Successful People (and How To Get Better At Each Step) by Stephen Kraus (PhD

The bottom line from all this research is that there are five key characteristics repeatedly found in studies of highly successful people and organizations: Vision, Strategy, Belief, Persistence and Learning.

At each step, we go beyond the common knowledge, beyond the same old clichés and anecdotes that you’ll find in most self-help books.  Instead, we dig into the uncommon knowledge — the latest findings from cutting edge research.  Most importantly, we focus on scientifically-proven tools and techniques for performing better at each step.

 

“This book will stand the test of time as one of the most comprehensive success manuals ever written.”  – Television host Phillippe Matthews

 

Step One:  Vision  –  The Science of Figuring Out What You Really Want From Life

Research backs up the common knowledge that successful people have the “vision thing” – their lives are characterized by a sense of passion, purpose and meaning because they truly know what they want from life.  Those who aren’t sure of what they want, or who have conflicting goals, are six times more likely to fail when attempting life changes; they are also more prone to anxiety, depression, physical illnesses, and a host of other psychological and physical problems.  But the main focus is on tools and techniques for strengthening your Vision and getting more of the vision thing.  You’ll get…

  • Proven techniques to help you think more effectively about what you really want from life
  • Thought-provoking questions to clarify your true passion and purpose
  • Entertaining, science-based tools for avoiding a life of uncertainty and ambiguity
  • Effective ways to use the six characteristics of how highly successful people think as you consider your future

“I am just starting chapter five but already I’ve gotten my money’s worth.  This is one of the best books I have read on this subject.”  – Philip Henderson, Founder of LeadersWithIntegrity.com

Step Two:  Strategy  –  The Science of Turning Lofty Ambitions Into Consistent Action

Success requires more than a Vision of what you want – it requires a Strategy for making that Vision a reality.  “If you think it, it will come” may have worked in the movie Field of Dreams, but it doesn’t work in real life, despite what many self-help books say.  In this section, you will…

  • Create the best mood and frame of mind of for developing a life Strategy
  • Craft a compelling Strategy for making your Vision a reality
  • “Set yourself up for success” with on-target action plans
  • Set maximally-effective goals using the six proven principles of goal setting

“I find your book an extraordinarily practical and helpful tool in my work with elite athletes.  It really helps them develop a compelling vision and set productive goals, both in sports and in life.” Doug Garfield, President of Motioneering, Inc.

Step Three:  Belief  –  The Science of Minimizing FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt)

Successful people Believe they will be successful.  Research has examined many “flavors” of Belief, including self-confidence, self-esteem, self-efficacy and locus of control.  Regardless of the label, the findings are clear:  Belief is one of the most powerful predictors of change, success and happiness.  Those who truly believe they will be successful work harder, achieve more, and react better to setbacks.  You’ll learn 12 scientifically-proven Belief-building tools, including…

  • How to generate positive emotions in lasting, authentic ways
  • How to identify and crush your ANTs – Automatic Negative Thoughts
  • How to prevent isolated negative thoughts from spinning into negatives cycles of memories and emotions
  • How to strip counter-productive thoughts of their negative emotional energy
  • How to build Belief with behavioral baby steps
  • Why it is easier to “behave yourself into a new way of thinking” than it is to “think yourself into a new way of behaving”
  • Proven ways to “move beyond” painful events from your past
  • How and why motivational seminar techniques like walking barefoot on red-hot coals really work
  • How to use visualization to build Belief, and how to avoid common visualization mistakes that actually hamper performance
  • How to isolate negative emotions and prevent them from taking over your day

“I saw myself so much in this book.  I agree with it and it has so many good ideas… I just wanted to tell you I have NEVER not been able to put a book down until last night when I read yours.. thank you for writing it… I can’t wait to finish it…”  – Shannon Holcomb, personal trainer

Step Four:&
nbsp; Persistence  –  The Science of Drive and Determination

We all know that successful people are persistent: they work hard and they don’t give up.  But the big question is: How do you get more persistent?  That’s why this section offers 10 scientifically-proven Persistence-promoting techniques, including…

  • How to prevent minor lapses from snowballing into major relapses and total collapses
  • How to move toward your goals with greater determination by using commitment-enhancing and “pre-commitment” strategies
  • How to create effective self-reward systems, including the scientifically-tested “deposit-and-refund” method
  • How to avoid counter-productive self-punishment strategies, and how to avoid beating yourself up over minor mistakes and setbacks
  • How to surround yourself with supportive people, and create networks of excellence
  • How to reshape your physical environment so that it is motivating, not counterproductive
  • How to manage your attention so that you focus your thoughts on future successes rather than past failures
  • Proven ways to stay more optimistic (optimism is a powerful predictor of success in many areas, including sales, politics and physical health)
  • How to avoid the “depressive attributional style” and the destructive 3 P’s — personal, permanent, and pervasive — when explaining negative events

Step Five:  Learning  –  The Science of Making Course Corrections in Life

Success requires more than just Persistence — it requires persisting in the right direction.  In other words, it requires paying attention to feedback from your environment so that you can Learn whether your Strategy is being effective.  And if your Strategy isn’t working, you’ve got to know when to make “course corrections” in life.  In this section, you’ll learn…

  • How successful people manage to learn from every experience — even negative ones
  • Why high achievers don’t necessarily equate learning with formal education or degrees (for example, research shows that the average college GPA of millionaires was 2.92 — less than a B average)
  • How to simply and powerfully record progress toward your goals — enabling you to Learn about your success patterns, success drivers, and when to make course corrections

“My wife recommended that I read this book because as a family practice physician I see many cases of depression every day. She said that perhaps the scientific research noted in the book would be helpful in evaluating and helping my patients. Not only is this true, the book also added much value to my own life! It is very positive, uplifting, and motivating, not to mention easy to read. It was chock-full of fascinating research studies about happiness, among other topics. I have recommended the book to patients, colleagues, and friends.”  Dr. Marc Lewin

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