4 Critical Characteristics You Must Possess To Succeed
Many people are going to disagree with me on this, but I will say it anyway: “Hard work is NOT always an essential ingredient to financial, professional and personal success”!
The truth is, most of us have been taught, since a noticeably young age, that if we work really hard, then everything else will fall into place.
Now does it help?
Often yes if you are able to sustain the hard work without burning out.
However, if you think about it, there would be many more successful people on earth if working hard was the most important characteristic for success.
When you observe the world’s most successful people, you will notice they have a few other tricks up their sleeves.
Here are 4 critical AND essential, and often overlooked, characteristics that are each as important, if not more important, as hard work. They are as follows:
So you have clarity on WHAT your main goal in life is –but are you aware of WHY you want to achieve it?
A lack of purpose can often be the only thing holding you back from success.
Because when you are not invested in the REASON you are working towards a goal, there is little to shield you from inevitable distractions and demotivation.
So next time you set a goal, either figure out how it aligns with your unique purpose in life or decide on a new purpose you can aspire to.
It is in our programming to keep doing things that give us joy and fulfillment –and your personal and career goals should reflect this.
Of course, many people do not know what their passion is, and in some cases, passions can even shift or disappear.
So if you are chasing a long-term goal, it is important to know how to follow your gut and put in the effort to find and sustain the passion in what you are doing.
Vince Lombardi, the famous and winning football coach of the Green Bay Packers, once said, “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength and not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will”.
When you have self-determination, you are owning your personal power and freedom of choice.
Self-determination comes from your inner strength and courage, and it helps you strengthen your internal beliefs so you can take on challenges and changes in life with ease.
When you have a clear vision of what you want, and complete confidence that you can achieve it, your mental blocks are easier to dissolve.
If you lack confidence in yourself and if you are not 100% sure you can achieve your dreams, then you will most likely keep finding excuses and procrastinating out of fear.
Remember what Napoleon Hill once said: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve”.