I've always been a driven person. There are many characteristics of any driven individual. I believe these attributes are the most important.
Love, start with yourself and include the other most important people in your life, ie. wife, husband children, partner, father, mother, siblings. The key is to love not hate, put the negative aside, refuse to let it appear. You have so much riding on your success and people wanting to share your good news.
Planning is not a big deal to start but it is an essential to drive to success. What I mean by it is not a big deal, is that we are constantly planning, without noticing it. When I get up in the morning, I plan to do many things unconsciously, eating, shower, brush teeth, select attire, you get the idea. The rest of the day should be formalized. The plan should be complete before you leave the house. Try and set your plan the night before you retire. You will awake refreshed and anxious to start the day.
Persistence and perspiration are similar in many respects . It takes real persistence to arrive at perspiration. Never ever give up. You have heard that all your life. You have to work hard (perspire) to meet your goals and by never giving up you obtain that level of persistence. I have always been advised to make one more call. I also believe that taking the difficult or unhappy clients call right away helps me build on the positive as I know I will create a worthwhile result.
Goal setting is essential and should be the most structured and fluid of all of these characteristics. Set annual, monthly, weekly and daily goals. These goals will be always changing, however, they must be adhered to in the final analysis for productivity and monetary rewards. Analysis of the goals with a clear understanding of success is paramount. Make a simple list and look at it every hour, striking out the items when complete.
Be proud, show it and reward yourself . Your self-confidence is the key to drive you closer to success. Successful people do not want to deal with unorganized, negative, complaining negative people. I remember being told if you leave the house as a negative, turn around and go back in the house. Reward yourself at the end of the day with an analysis of what you accomplished. The more you do the better you will feel.
Build, build, and build on each of your accomplishments of the day.