Many people are poor because they have accepted poverty. They have failed because they have accepted failure and it is labeled all around them? Failure or poverty is a state of mind. If I asked you whether you want to succeed most likely the answer would be yes yet, you are doing nothing to change your current situation. It is this kind of negative mentality that leaves most people stagnant and wallowing in poverty and failure.
I like to define success not by the things or possessions you have but, by the many obstacles you have overcome. The more huddles or obstacles you overcome the more stronger and successful you are. Most successful people are stronger than the average or the below average people. By strong I do not necessarily mean physical strength only but also and more importantly mental strength. I have not come across a successful person with a weak mental strength. Most of them do a lot of reading and keep on accumulating knowledge. They say Knowledge is power (strength) strive to acquire it.
I personally have come to appreciate the knowledge and understanding am getting through reading. I have become conscious about many things and able to make good judgments and better decisions. My target this year is to read at least 24 books that is 2 books per month. This is besides my usual reading of business magazines and newsletters and other literature of my interest. Through my experience in life and the analysis of some books written by successful people I have devised a short list of characteristics to help assess if you have what it takes to be successful.
Love what you do
This is perhaps the most important element among other things. If you love and enjoy what you do it makes things even much easier. Most of the time I do not perform to the very best of my abilities when something is imposed on me. If you are working and your primary objective is to just earn a salary, chances are that you do not enjoy your work and are just in it for the money. You are miserable. I am very aware that we all need money to survive but money should not be the ultimate motivator. Mind you having a lot of money does not necessarily mean you are successful.
When you love to do what you do, you do it with a passion. When you do something with a passion it shows even in the end product. Take for example 2 artists one paints just to earn a living and the other paints with passion. When the two painters paintings are up for sale the quality will be very distinct. The artist who paints with a passion will be more likely to sell their products at a more high value than the other artist. This is because he will pay more attention to detail and quality.
Believe in your self
This is a key factor in motivating yourself. How can you honestly succeed if you cannot even believe in yourself to succeed? I would strongly encourage you to first meditate and condition your mind to believe that you can succeed at achieving your set goals. The more you believe in yourself the more self confidence you develop. And the more confidence you have ,the more results you can achieve.
When you have belief and confidence on your side, you can overcome any obstacle that comes your way. Remember the journey to success is not an easy one. There is no short cut. It starts with your mind set.
Master your plan
You cannot succeed without a plan. This is cardinal. You must formulate a plan and a purpose to achieve. This must be written down. There is power in putting things down. Be the master of your plan. Seek divine guidance over your plan. This may require you to meditate and make adjustments as you go along, but ensure that your plan is at the back of your mind. What is your plan?
Do not wait to have a clear plan
Start immediately you have a verge plan. Do not wait until you have a clear one. The more you walk through your plan the more clearer and visible the end product becomes. If you wait for a clear cut plan you will probably wait forever. The plan will become even more visible and tangible as you remain focused. Along the way you will have to make adjustments and amend the course of your plan. Do not make changes that completely change your intended purpose unless you are sure of it.
Your mind is your limit
What you think is your limit to achieving your goals. Read my article on “The Power of Thought” for more insight on what your thinking can do. Do not limit your mind but control what you think. Your mind is one of your greatest assets. If you do not like books or rather reading which is unlikely if you have come this far. Then success will elude you. Start acquiring knowledge and understanding read and read and read and read. Knowledge is one of the few assets no one can ever take away from you. Acquire vital knowledge and understanding, it is key to your success
Ability to handle people
If your intended goal includes handling other people. You must learn and develop the ability to handle them properly. Human beings can be very difficult to deal with. My intended purpose is not so human intensity but rather help them “Standout tall and be counted“.
Dorothea Brande says “Act as if it were impossible to fail” very true. Accepting failure is an act, accepting success is also an act. Why not act successful, after all it makes you feel good and look bright. I have said to my self that even when I fail at the first attempt I will act successful. I always say that those who failed are those who have tried and those who have succeeded have failed before. I will always try to succeed in what ever I am doing. It is better to die trying than die without trying.
This has been a long article I hope that you found it useful. You can book mark it and come back or read it offline. This is not the exhaustive list it is my own analysis. You should always have a positive mind and attitude in your quest for success. Remember “standout tall and be counted“.