Life is tough, it can feel too hard to deal with sometimes. Despite that, there are plenty of people who manage to walk away winners constantly. How on earth do they do it? They seem to have an endless measure of magic stuffed in their pockets, a supply they dip into when they need to sprinkle success on everything they do.

The truth is that the qualities necessary for success at the beginning of time remain the same as they are now. The path to success never changes, yet we’re all guilty of trying to find shortcuts to speed up the road to success. Winners tend to have certain characteristics; however, they apply them. Let’s talk about five of them.

1| No Excuses

Do you make excuses when you’re late for work, miss a workout, or forget to tackle meal prep? Winners don’t make excuses and it’s easy to find justification for not doing what you’re supposed to do. The difference between winning and excuse-making is that the latter will only give you an out to quit, give up, and walk away. Winners stick to it, even if the conditions aren’t ideal.

2| Priorities

Winners know how to – prioritize. Do you look at everything that needs to be done and work out a plan to knock each of them out in the order of importance? Or do you walk blindly through your day, disorganized, and stressed out because you have no idea what’s going on. If you prioritize you can make plenty of time for work, home, and hobbies, too. Winners do.

3| Consistency

Do you know what winners know how to do? Win! All the time. They’re winning constantly because they are consistent. It’s not a one-off, it isn’t a sometimes thing, winning is a lifestyle. It becomes a habit. Winners are consistent. A yo-yo diet is the perfect way to describe what winners avoid. They don’t start off dieting on Monday morning only to give up after they slip-up come Friday night. They find a way to avoid future slip-ups, and they press the reset button on Saturday morning.

4| Team Work

Winners understand that sometimes success is a team effort. When someone else succeeds it doesn’t mean they can’t. When they see others succeed it simply fuels their want to succeed more. They don’t just aim to succeed for themselves, they also build others up physically, spiritually, and mentally so that everyone can succeed.

5| Risk-Taking

Winners win because they’re willing to take risks. If you never take a risk, then you will never succeed for success lies outside the comfort zone. Winners know that by taking risks and controlling things where possible they provide the best chance to succeed. Winners don’t worry about loss; they don’t concern themselves with the potential disaster that awaits them because they’re too busy doing absolutely everything possible to ensure their success.

A winner has a good grasp of who they are, they aren’t afraid to be honest with themselves. They know when to recover and when to push and they’re not afraid to push themselves to the limit. Winners believe everything is possible. They know their purpose, they compete, they train, and they do it meaningfully. Winners don’t waste time. They remain focused on people and activities that build them up.

If you want to be a winner, then you have to look at life differently. It isn’t a race; it’s a journey and that journey will be filled with twists and turns. Do you have what it takes to keep moving forward? If you can’t answer yes to that question right now, I encourage you to take the necessary steps to ensure you can in the future.