Success is defined differently for each of us. For some, it can come from a great financial achievement, while others find themselves happy and content with the simple pleasures of life, such as having love and security. Despite the varying definitions of success, every successful person must possess some qualities that ensure their happiness and fulfillment is long lived, and that they continue to grow. Here are 5 important traits that you must have to achieve greatness.
1. Be open-minded
When you are open to new ideas, thoughts and beliefs, you widen your range of opportunities. Having a clear cut plan can be reassuring, but nothing usually ever goes according to plan. Things will get altered along the way, and you have to be receptive to taking in new methods of doing things. Giving yourself leeway to explore alternative suggestions, opens new doors to growing as an individual. You will learn more about yourself, your goals, and even more about the world around you.
2. Grow a thick skin
There is absolutely no doubt, that when you tell some people your dreams, goals and aspirations, they will stare at you in the face, perhaps laugh or ridicule you and call you a fool. Trolls likes these exist under every rock and in every crevice. Be prepared to face the nasties. Don’t let their negativity get you down. Infact, take their words or actions, and use them as stepping stones to climb higher. The view from the top is enchanting, and you might get to send them a postcard!
3. Follow your intuition
Your heart knows best. It’s as easy as that. If something feels right, go for it. And if it doesn’t, take a moment to step back and analyze the situation completely. Are you shying away out of fear, or is it a genuine feeling of discomfort and uneasiness? Whatever the situation at hand, always trust that intuitive feeling you get. It never deceives you. Your intuition is a divine tool. Use it to its maximum.
4. Communicate effectively
Human beings function best with people who support and encourage them. Deep down, we all know when someone has an ulterior motive when speaking to us. And our natural response to these people, is to get as far away from them as possible. We enjoy spending time with people who make us feel good when we are around them. If you want to get success, it is important to communicate openly, honestly and freely with those around you. Being genuine will gain you worthy friendships. And who better to celebrate your success with, than those who are genuinely happy for you?
5. Be Confident
Life throws us challenges…curves balls of every kind. We get bogged down every now and then, and we tend to question whether this is really cut out for us or not. Doubt and worry sets in, and before you know it, you find yourself backing down from achieving what it is that your heart desires. Don’t let this overwhelming feeling of insecurity and fear, stop you. Confidence is key to getting any job done. You must believe in yourself. The whole world can throw stones at you, but if you stand up, have courage and take on the raging bull by the horns, no amount of discouragement will deter you.
Remember, success is what you make of it. There are no limits to what you can achieve and gain in this lifetime. The world is your playground. Go out and explore. Challenge yourself. Be brave. And stay grounded always. You have infinite potential. Go for it!