The reality of success extends much further than connections or opportunity. All the benefits in the world can’t overcome a weak mental frame.
This is why a “character” game plan is vital. Your potential and achievements are parallel, neither one exceeding the other. But each can be extended (or diminished) based on you personal development.
The traits listed below, typify the kind of internal work necessary for making your dreams a reality.
DETERMINATION Are you serious about success? If you are, skip the clichés and memorable quotes. Success is this simple; find something you like, and master it. Period. Cut out distractions and push hard. Focus on your goals, and keep everything else in perspective. If you give 100%, nothing can stop you.
FEARLESSNESS When you are “real,” being fearless is easy. Self- serving talk and “extra” behavior is not necessary. Your character will speak for itself. But you must take the first step. Fear never goes away, so there is never a “right time” to realize your potential. Stop waiting for help that will never come. Seek challenges. You can never go wrong by trying, and will only succeed through your efforts.
LEADERSHIP Whether you want business success, or simply to run manage your household, you must be a leader. True leadership is essential for improving your life – and it starts with you. Develop internal strength by clarifying your goals and values. Do not be swayed by the opinions of others. Stand your ground. Move forward with confidence and others will recognize your power, gravitating to you for guidance and insight. But even if you stand alone, you will be fine. Such is the resolve that becoming a leader can bestow.
PATIENCE Patience is imperative. If cultivated, your internal strength will seem superhuman. Hold firm to your truth, and observe others broken by everyday living. A powerful man does not bend to circumstances. This starts by resisting the temptation to blindly react. Measure your responses by fine-tuning your emotional process. Growth in this area will lead to insight far beyond the obvious.
PEOPLE SKILLS If you cannot get along with people, your opportunities will be limited. Why? Because achievement is not solitary. Contrary to what people think, team work is an integral part of success. If you have goals, there is no such thing as going it alone. Every winner has a team, which includes trusted advisors. Of all the talents necessary for success, interpersonal skills are vital. If you are struggling in this area, work hard to improve your social IQ. Your efforts will be the difference between living your dreams or just dreaming.
By making these traits an integral part of your character, you will free yourself from negative thinking and self-sabotaging behavior, which is the only way to reach your potential.
So stop waiting, and make success a habit.
This post is excerpted from Gary’s new book Built For Success: Discover The 30 Qualities You Must Have!