Being driven is a crucial mindset that most, if not all, elite professionals embrace. They use this mindset to drive their success which separates them from others and gives them the satisfaction they hunger for.
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Many people will explain being driven as being motivated or passionate, and although we agree most driven people also promote those traits too, we think of having a driven mindset as being something slightly different.
Motivation to us is the ‘what’ you will be doing it for, for example you are working towards a job promotion, so you are motivated by advancement. Passion on the other hand is the ‘why’ you do it, for example “I love my job so I excel at it because it is the emotional fuel I need to get it done”.
We believe drive is the key attribute for ‘how’ you get things done.
The relationship between the person and their drive is intimate and personal. It creates an internal voice pushing you to go The Xtra Mile and often do whatever it takes.
It’s the get out of bed and get your backside to the gym voice, and when at the gym, it’s the voice that screams at you to do an Xtra 10 mins on the treadmill, don’t be soft!
So, what are the specific elements and traits that make up a driven person? Below we’ve described our top seven reasons for you to identify whether you have drive.
They don’t accept excuses from themselves
They are ruthless with themselves
They go beyond their comfort zone
They don’t cut corners
Eat the frog
1. Internally driven
Drive is something that comes from the inside and mechanically moves you to do what is needed. Some people say it is a trigger, switch and/or a voice.
When work needs to get done then we all come to a tipping point, driven professionals are those that have the ability to flick that switch and physically get the engine started and the vehicle rolling towards getting the job done.
2. They don’t accept excuses from themselves
The Xtra Mile professional will have an internal filtering mechanism that will allow them to get rid of the excuses as to why they cannot do something and replace that with a ‘you must move now’.
Excuses annoy driven people, they don’t accept the inner voice telling them to take the easy path or laying blame at the feet of something or someone else. They accept ownership of their responsibilities which allows them to adjust when they make mistakes.
3. They are ruthless with themselves
Connected to the ‘not making excuses’ trait these types of professionals are often quite ruthless with themselves. They are their own biggest critic and in their pursuit of getting the job done they’ll not accept anything but their best work.
By their own high standards, they will sometimes come up short and therein lies a strength as their own expectations of excellence will weigh on them and they will be desperate to learn from each error and not make the same mistake twice.
4. They go beyond their comfort zone
Driven people get the job done! No matter what it takes.
Every person on the planet has a work median. An output space in which they are comfortable, and it will have a high and low productivity score at either end of the ‘bell curve’ and this is ok for your average worker.
Driven people tend not to pay much attention to these comfort zones. They are fixated on outcomes and goals. The journey to the destination is made up of necessary stages but if arriving at the goal demands pushing through those comfort zones then that will happen.
Often this takes the shape of time management and work load, at this point sacrifice of something personally usually takes place and driven people are ok with that as they know the rewards will be reaped as an outcome of achieving the objective.
5. They don’t cut corners
Driven Xtra Mile pros are incredibly disciplined. As described above they don’t like excuses and accept responsibility for the work they do. They expect nothing but excellence from themselves and understand that they will be measured by their output.
If they were to cut corners the final product would be flawed. The rest of the world might not perceive the flaws but the person delivering it would know and this is something their mind set would struggle to accept.
Driven people are in pursuit of quality and success. They recognise that the world around them is forever changing and understand that they need to keep pace with that change if they are going to continue to be successful.
To keep pace you need to proactively go out of your way to learn and evolve, this way they will continue to deliver consistently high quality as they drive towards their goals.
7. Eat the frog
The famous Mark Twain saying about getting the hardest thing done at the beginning of the day is something driven people will do without much thought.
The quote suggests if eating a frog was something you had to do on a list of tasks throughout your day, and it was the hardest thing you had to do (because let’s be honest eating a frog cannot be easy) then do that first. Then the rest of your day will be easy in comparison.
Driven people know, deal with the most painful points first, confront them, smash them then move on.
If you embody many or all these traits and you are looking for an environment that embraces this type of professional then why not click here and explore what TXM Recruit has to offer.