8 Signs Foretelling You’re Destined To Be Successful
It’s rough out there trying to make your mark in the world. At some point or another we come across people, situations, quotes, that inspire us. What we do with that inspiration is up to us. We can either make the choice to be average, or make the choice to become something much, much greater. We often relate success to careers or finances, but it’s much more broad than that. You define what success is to you and these traits show you’re on the right track.
- You’re action-oriented
You’re one of those people who likes to take on a task and get things done. You’re not afraid to make mistakes along the way because in your eyes, you’d rather get things moving and adjust your approach after seeing some results. You’re a leader, you like to be in charge. Some may look at this as a bad thing, but sometimes with you, it’s an “it’s my way or the highway” kind of deal.
You may also at times find yourself being mildly stubborn in some situations. You’re the complete opposite of indecisive. You take on leadership roles with ease, and you actually enjoy the responsibility that comes along with it. What is patience? You know little to almost nothing about it. You often find yourself becoming impatient with those around you who aren’t like you.
- You keep an open mind
One of the most important characteristics of successful people is learning to keep an open mind about literally anything and everything, but you know that already. You notice that the more you learn, you realize how little you know. This mindset allows for you to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves to you. You’re always open to new ideas, new ways of thinking, and you’re constantly challenging your own beliefs.
- You have the habit of setting goals
Most think that setting goals means “what do I want five years from now?” But you realize the importance of setting daily, achievable goals. You understand that by sometimes setting long-term goals you can lose your vision, so you establish small daily goals that will help you achieve that vision much easier. You’re a realistic optimist.
- You aren’t stuck in the past or failure
You know that what’s done is done and you can’t go back and change anything in the past. You use your past as a vital tool for your future. Everything from your past has brought you to the present and you don’t waste any of your time wallowing in the could’ve, should’ve, would’ve beens. You know that by getting stuck in the past you’re robbing yourself of the present and future. You’re completely adaptable and you fully embrace change. You’re comfortable with the unknown and you’re always ready to take it head on.
- You can delay gratification
You have an uncanny ability to wait it out for the big reward for all your dedication and hard work. You take a look at what you have and what you want, and you’re able to avoid making impulsive decisions. For example, if someone told you that you could have one cookie now, or you could wait 20 minutes and receive two cookies, you’re smart enough to wait it out and reap the larger reward.
Delayed gratification truly applies to all aspects of life. Whether it be with your career, finances, relationships, health, etc. You have acquired the ability to ignore the temptations of instant gratification because you know that it is an essential element when you’re trying to reach your ultimate goal.
- You work on maximizing your strengths
“Successful people maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses. They know what they are good at.” – Alan Stein
You use your strengths as your foundation to success. You rely on the skills in which you are proficient and use them to do what you love. You’re fully aware of your weaknesses and look to others for their knowledge and skills in areas in which you lack. You know that you can’t do everything on your own so reaching out to others for assistance when needed isn’t a difficult task for you. You use your strengths as your prime resource to reach your goals.
- You’re ambitious
You can clearly see yourself being the best of the best. You wake up every day ready to tackle anything and everything thrown your way. Why? Because you know in the long run it’s going to help you achieve your end goal. You know that it isn’t just about working longs hours and seeing a journey to its end. Ambition is truly the reason for existence. It’s your soul telling you where the meaning in life is found. You’re extremely persistent and nothing stands in your way.
- You have passion for improvement.
You have this deep desire and craving to always want to improve yourself and often times you can be too hard on yourself. You’re constantly wanting to change and improve so you can become the best version of you. You’re never satisfied and you’re your own worst critic, in every aspect of your life.
to send or that person you don’t want to call, even though you know at the end of the day it will make you better and that much closer to your goal.
Here is a list of eight of those uncomfortable things, though the list could go on and on. Let’s be honest: we all procrastinate. How do you overcome procrastination? You make things easier to do.
It’s not rocket science. When you do uncomfortable things more often, they become more comfortable. Maybe after doing these things more often, you’ll lose that pit in your stomach the next time it’s your turn to show up.
- Waking Up Early
We know we should do it and that it will make us feel great for the rest of the day. We feel energized and ready for the day the one time a month we finally do it. So, why do we not do this every day? I’ll tell you why I don’t: because my bed is so warm and comfy! When my alarm wakes me up early and I know I can either a) Get up and spend some time for myself before the day gets started, or b) Spend another hour or two getting some more Z’s, I’ll pick the snooze button almost every time.
We’ve all heard the interviews with the most successful people telling us about their early morning routines. How they read, work out, make a healthy and organic breakfast, and then still have time to journal all before work. It’s pretty hard to believe they’ve ever heard of a snooze button.
One thing that I started recently to help me wake up a little earlier is the Five Minute Journal. It has been a great first step in waking up earlier than normal. The best part is, it’s only five minutes earlier than I would usually get up!
- Public Speaking
Talk about a pit in your stomach! The only people you meet that love public speaking are public speakers! They do it all the time and likely get paid to do it. You can’t be successful without someone giving you a stage to tell your story. You can try to avoid it all you want, but it comes with the territory.
People striving for success (like you and me) want to know how successful people got to where they are. How do you think they tell their story to us?
Public speaking, like everything else on this list, is something we need to start doing to make it more comfortable. Whether it’s volunteering for a toast, starting a video blog, or chiming in when the speaker says “does anyone have any questions?”. That’s our turn to push through the discomfort!
You might be saying “Hey, I exercise all the time and I’m still not successful.” Maybe you’re not, but you are one step ahead of most of us! For those of you, like me, who break a sweat twice a week every 30 days (aka 2 times a month), exercising isn’t on the list of top to-dos. Maybe you just can’t seem to find the time. It’s time to make the time.
I wish they would come out with a study that shows that getting that extra hour of sleep before work or the extra episode on Netflix before bed gives you more energy and is better for your body than exercising, but I still haven’t seen it. Instead, I keep seeing studies like this one from Harvard that reads “Regular exercise changes the brain to improve memory, thinking skills,” and just hoping they misplaced “exercise” when it should’ve said “doughnuts.” Still waiting on that study.
You just received an email in your inbox that reads, “The local business professional networking group will be at the office from 5:00 to 5:30 today, please stay late to network with them.” This just makes you jump for joy, right? Not even close! You know you should, and you might meet an awesome connection to help you with your next goal or job, but your soft, warm couch is calling your name in a calming, late-night radio voice that you can’t resist.
I give the excuse of “I am terrible at small talk and I could care less about meaningless conversation.” It’s a valid excuse and my go-to every time. It doesn’t get me anymore connections and I never meet anyone exciting or new because of it. Let’s start small and start asking questions.
The people that are the most charismatic and outgoing ask the most questions. Have you ever noticed that? You don’t need to make small talk. Ask questions and let the other person talk. The truth is that the more people talk, the more they like you. Strange, but true.
- Taking The Blame
This point does not read “taking the blame for someone else.” This is about admitting your own mistakes when you mess up. It’s so easy and comfortable to quickly make excuses for when you mess up. When a mistake is made and no one takes the blame, it’s hard to move forward and get it fixed because no one wants to fix someone else’s mistake if they won’t fess up.
This one is so simple, but it’s not our first reaction. Leaders take responsibility. When they or their team mess up, they take it on the cheek. The best part about this very uncomfortable action is that it helps everyone quickly move on. You can’t move forward unless you start to look in that direction. Take the blame and take the next step forward.
- Continuously Learning
You know your dream and your goals. Are you reading the right books to reach those goals? Are you attending seminars and conferences in that genre?
I was very guilty of this for a long time. I was reading books that I wanted to read, books that were comfortable. Of course, reading is a great hobby. If you are a reader, don’t stop. If you are not, start!
The uncomfortable part is reading books that you know will get you closer to your dream or goal, but are not on the top of your reading list. Don’t just read for joy, read to build your knowledge.
If the leader of the smartphone revolution didn’t let his kids use his own inventions, there must be a benefit. There are more smartphones than humans on this planet now. We are even starting to wear these devices on our wrists because it’s too difficult to reach into our pockets to read texts! We are all guilty of the smartphone and other technologies ruling our lives.
If you want to be successful, do as the successful do. Who doesn’t want to have the success Steve Jobs had? He limited the time his kids spent with technology because he knew it would slow them down in the long run. As much as we like to think our iPhones keep us more connected and more efficient, they don’t. We could get a lot more done in a day if we weren’t checking out what our friends are eating, where they are in the world, or perfecting our next post to make them just as jealous.
You know exactly what I’m talking about — we are all guilty. Let’s get uncomfortable and start unplugging at the times we want to plug in the most!
- Meeting Adversity On Purpose
Who is ready to face the most difficult and most uncomfortable thing they can think of and jump headfirst in? Adversity is more simply defined as “Difficulty.” I’m not talking about feeling good when you start off your day with a spilled latte. That stinks, but I’m talking about getting in over your head, taking on something that you know you can’t accomplish right away, but that you believe in yourself enough to try and make it happen.
The great philosopher John Wayne said it best, “Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.”
There is a quick story in the Bible that I love about a man named Benaiah:
Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, mighty in deeds, struck down the two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion inside a pit on a snowy day.
He went face to face with a lion and killed it. Not with a gun in perfect weather, but on a snowy day with some sort of ancient weapon— he faced a deadly predator and conquered it.
What gives you a pit in your stomach that you know will make you a better person, a better parent, a better boss, a better employee, or will help you reach your big audacious goals? If it’s uncomfortable, it’s probably something we know we should start doing.