“The ‘self-image’ is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self-image and you change the personality and the behavior.” – Maxwell Maltz
As the popular saying goes, “change is the only constant thing in life.” And this is true. It applies to us humans, too. Over time, our personalities change. This is why you’ll often hear the phrase “you’ve changed.” Because people do change.
If you’ve been failing in life, then perhaps you need to take a look deep within you. Why do you keep failing? What do you need to change so you can succeed? If you keep on doing the same things and look at life the same way, then you cannot expect to get different results.
So, what you need to do then in order to succeed, is that you’ve got to change whatever undesirable traits you have. You’ve got to remove the bad, so the good traits can take over!
And you know exactly what kind of bad traits you have. If you like procrastinating, then you have to learn to let go of that. If you tend to think negatively, then you’ve got to find a way to look at things in a positive light.
If you’re always late, then you’ve got to try harder so you can get to your appointments early or on time. If you’re inconsistent, then you’ve got to try harder so you can be more consistent. If you need to practice, do it.
Overcoming negative attributes will take you some time. But it’s time well spent because you’ll soon be reaping the rewards of your success.
Consider it as an investment – one that will help you reach your goals in life much faster.
Setting the right kind of goals and having the motivation to see it through until the end is important. But, having the right kind of personality or characteristic is an essential part of the process too. Your attitude will also help determine your success or failure, and how you react to either event.
So, here are some of the top qualities that many successful people share. If you want to succeed, then you’d best read up so you can change for the better.
If you’re passionate about achieving your big goals in life, then you’re willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. You’re not going to quit when you bump into obstacles. Sure, it may set you back, but it’s not going to stop you.
This is why when identifying your goals, it’s important to aim for something you really, really want to do. It’s so much easier to motivate yourself when you really want to do something. But, when you’re stuck chasing a goal you’re not particularly interested in, then you can easily get discouraged.
When you’re passionate about something, you’ve got the heart to keep on fighting. It will drive you to improve yourself and your techniques and your processes just so you can reach your goals.
You’ll literally look for ways to succeed. You’re not going to turn your back and hide away from problems. You’ve got your eyes set on the goal – it is your passion that will help keep your eyes glued to that goal as well as the driving force that will take you there.
Having a positive mindset is important so you can reach your goals. You are constantly surrounded by negativity – from negative friends to negative emotions to negative surroundings.
You’ve got to stand out from the crowd and keep your distance from all the negativity that surrounds you.
A positive mindset will allow you to look at things far differently than having a negative mindset. When you think positively, you tend to see opportunities where others may only see doom and gloom. You tend to look for the silver lining. You’re optimistic about everything in life.
With a positive mindset, you welcome failure with open arms. Because you know it’s going to help you in the long run, and you’re going to learn a lot from failing.
So you don’t run away. You don’t go hiding in your comfort zone. Instead, you face failure head on and use it as an opportunity to succeed.
Successful people have plenty of self-confidence. They know they’ve got the talent, the skills, and the resources to succeed. They have healthy self-esteem, and they hold themselves in high regard. They believe in themselves.
Confident people have a different aura about them. If you’ve ever been around confident people, you’ll notice they carry themselves differently. They hold their heads high, they talk in a confident manner. They believe in what they’re saying. They will look you straight in the eyes and you can see their confidence clearly.
With self-confidence, you can easily conquer doubt. At times you may feel low, but you can quickly recover. You’ll go back to being productive, you’ll work on tasks that will contribute to your growth and your success.
You know you’ve got what it takes to succeed, so keep on doing what you need to do. Work on your mini-goals until you eventually succeed at your main goal.
People with integrity have greater chances of success. They’re honest with themselves, and they’re honest with the people around them. They do what they promise to do. So, when they set goals and promise themselves they’ll achieve that goal in a few years, then that’s exactly what they’re going to do.
They’re not going to lie to themselves and tell them they’re going to succeed when they’re clearly not doing anything to further themselves.
With integrity, you devote yourself to doing your tasks to the best of your abilities. You’re not going to turn in a low-quality piece of work. Instead, you’ll do your best to deliver above and beyond what’s required of you. Your integrity will strengthen your character.
You know how we all love and look up to people with integrity. You know you can take their word at face value because they’ve built a solid reputation as someone you can trust.
Integrity is especially important when it comes to chasing your goals in life. Once you commit yourself to achieving something, then you do everything in your power to achieve it. You’re not going to slack around, you’re not going to give up at the first sign of trouble
Self-discipline doesn’t come innately to us humans. From a young age, our parents do their best to instill discipline in us. However, depending on the parent’s skills, some kids may grow up to become disciplined adults while many, as we all know, remain largely undisciplined.
We’ve got to put in the work if we want to have self-discipline. You’re going to need to work on acquiring new, positive habits that will help instill discipline in you. You’re going to have to learn how to reject temptations, how to say no to activities that will lead you astray from your goals in life.
If you’ve got self-discipline, you’ve got a strong foundation for success. Your discipline will allow you to put blinders on so you can focus on the road ahead. Even when you’re not feeling too good, you can rely on your discipline to give you a good kick to get you back on your feet.
Self-discipline is an important quality shared by many, if not all, successful people. If you want to be one of them, then you had better start working on building the right discipline-instilling habits.
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