After spending quite some time delving into the old “positive thinking” side of sport psychology, I have found myself in contact with numerous sources of information (books, videos and such like), and, quite to my surprise, mostly not sports related. A lot seems to be in the area of business, people like Warren Buffet, Colonel Sanders, Richard Branson, Bill Gates etc (there are hundreds so I’ve only named the ones people would have heard of. From these, I have noticed certain traits that appear common across most, if not all, successful people. Not just high-flyer business men & women, but athletes as well. (1) They all have a Passion for what they do. Bill Gates had a passion for computer programming, he lived it, breathed it and slept it, that passion has lead him to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs on the planet and one of the richest men in the World. (2) They all have the belief that they will succeed. Colonel Sanders spoke to over 1000 ‘prospects’ to sell his KFC chicken recipe before someone agreed. How many would have stopped after being told “No” 10 times? 100times? 500 times? He had a belief in himself and his product and new it would be a success. Because of his belief, KFC is one of the top fast food places in the world. (3) They have a strategy for achieving their goals. They have a plan of how they start, and a strategy for progressing, they start off with what they have, usually taking a risk, initially; and follow a structured and detailed strategy of how they plan to progress. Many know about Richard Branson taking out a £5000 loan to open up his own record shop, he followed a strategy that has led to the Virgin empire (4) They have values. This speaks for itself. They know exactly what they will do, and exactly what they will not do, and they rarely waver from this. Many in the finance sectors have this strength. They now what they will invest in, at what price. (5) They have energy, an enthusiasm, if you will, for acting out the strategy they have in place. (6) Bonding power – they have a great ability to for a connection with others (7) Communication skills. They all have great communication skills, not just with others, but with themselves. They do not sabotage their own progress by allowing self-doubts to enter their head; they manage the ‘internal mono/dialogue’ that many unsuccessful people allow to ‘talk themselves out’ of achieving their goals. How many of these’s traits do you possess? How strong are you in each trait? The more successful you become in your chosen field, the stronger you will find you are in each of these. There could be more, but I think this encapsulates the essentials. Food for thought!