Personal success is something that most individuals dream of. Each and every person desires to live a life of meaning and purpose. However, not everyone knows where, when or even how to begin this journey. Not everyone was born with a concrete idea of what would make for a successful life. Whether or not you know what your true purpose is, one thing is always certain: it takes a special person with the right personal attributes to find success in life. In order to give yourself the best chance to succeed you must develop the right attributes. Here are some personal attributes you can begin developing today:
A life of meaning and purpose has to begin somewhere. Those who eventually achieve success, have the most important personal attribute – the ability to start. You can’t achieve personal success by waiting for things to happen. The hardest thing to do is to start an endeavor. As soon as you get the ball rolling, all you have to do is maintain your momentum and you’ll eventually accomplish your goals. But you have to get the ball rolling first – you have to start. It’s the people with initiative who succeed in life because they try to succeed, they begin the journey, and they start somewhere.
When the topic of personal success is raised, one of the most common attributes mentioned is confidence. People with confidence don’t shy away from challenges. They take on challenges always expecting to be able to overcome them. Such an attitude of positivity allows confident people to try more things, take on more projects, and lead others. A life of meaning and purpose is a life of confidence. If you want a good life, you have to get out there and take it.
Some of the biggest business empires began as small businesses struggling to make ends meet. Most of the people who have found personal success in their lives have found it through patience. There’s a saying that goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” A life of meaning and purpose isn’t built in a day. It is cultivated over a period of years. Building a meaningful life is akin to watering a seed until it grows into tree. This process takes time. If you want to find success, you have to be patient enough not to force it and let it grow in its own time.
For successful people, there are only 2 ways to go about things: the right way and the wrong way. The right way of handling a project is working on it at a steady and measured pace. The wrong way of doing it is procrastinating or taking short-cuts. Personal success is found by people who have the discipline to do things the right way. A life of meaning and purpose requires people to consistently make the right decisions. It is very easy to be distracted and to lose one’s focus. Those who can stay disciplined deserve every bit of fortune they have earned.
A life of meaning and purpose is founded on an attitude of optimism. There are some traits you can compensate for with other personal attributes. You can compensate for a lack of physical strength by relying on your wits. You can compensate for a lack of skill with a supreme work ethic. But there is nothing that can compensate for genuine optimism. Optimistic individuals expect to succeed. An expectation of success makes them more confident, more patient, and more resilient to failure. Can you imagine how difficult it would be to start a project while expecting it to fail? Personal success is found by those who expect it in their lives.
Personal success is different for everyone. There is no objective standard or universal definition for what it means to be successful. At the end of the day, the only way you’ll truly know if you’ve achieved success is if you feel that you are living a life of meaning and purpose. Fulfillment is not found in how many possessions you have gathered, but in how many lives you have touched. Meaning, purpose, and success are only names we call the feeling of contentment and satisfaction we have when we help our fellow men.