Did you know that you can determine now whether you will be successful or not? Like looking into a crystal ball, you can see what the future holds. Sounds captivating doesn’t it?
Today, I’ll reveal 13 clues to know whether what you are doing now in your life will lead you to a successful future… or not.
As you read through this article, compare your present habits and actions against these clues of personal growth. Consider if you are already embracing these actions. If not, think about how you could incorporate them into your life.
You have a specific purpose
Successful people know what they want and have a high sense of clarity about what they will accomplish. Vague desires and beliefs lead to vague outcomes. It is a sense of direction, that gives the successful staying power to stick to their goals and achieve their dreams.
You are less concerned now about what other people think
On the path to success, you’re willing to do what you think is best for you – even if someone else won’t like it. Its fine to get advice from time to time. But in the end, it’s your view that counts. You’ll never be happy following someone else’s plan for your life.
You read more than before
Successful people like to read. They believe that success leaves clues and that reading should be a part of daily life. They don’t read just to read. They read to make a difference in their lives.
You no longer look back
Successful people accept personal responsibility. They don’t dwell on past events because they know they can’t change them. Rather, they learn from the past and take action today to create a positive future.
You have raised your standards
You don’t tolerate bad behavior any more from other people. You hold people accountable for their actions. You don’t spend time with the “energy vampires” in your life anymore.
You see money as a responsibility, not a reward
Successful people don’t see money solely as a personal reward; they see money as a way to grow their lives, purchase their freedom and give back to the community…in short, not just to make their own lives better but to improve the lives of other people, too. And most importantly, they do so without fanfare, because the true reward is always in the act, not the recognition.
You are more brave
Successful people have the courage to begin and the courage to continue. They are willing to go “all in” on themselves. They are not afraid of change and know that reinventing themselves is just part of the process. They understand that success is the combination of both confidence and competence.
Your horizons have expanded
Successful people don’t view happiness or success as a finite resource. They believe that there is more and more abundance available. They begin to get ideas and visions about great things they can accomplish, and they have the courage to go after them. They know that the path of growth demands that a person venture into the unknown.
You outgrow some friends (and family members)
Successful people know that the company they keep has a big impact on their habits, language and beliefs. They are not afraid to burn some relationship bridges that are not positive and adding value to their lives. They outgrow their old friends and relationships who only want mediocrity. They also know that they are the average of the five people they associate with the most.
You become selfish with your time
Successful people are successful because they get a lot done. People doing extraordinary things value their time and see the direct connection between how they spend their time and their level of success. Their list of what’s truly important in life continues to shrink to just the people and activities that will give them the highest return on the goals they want to accomplish. They passionately say “no” to everything else.
You welcome discipline
Successful people pay attention to the fundamentals, day in and day out. They do this because they know there are no shortcuts. They stopped looking for the “get rich quick” schemes long ago and just do the work instead. They find satisfaction in sticking with something and mastering it over a period of time. They’ve learned to harness the power of discipline and make it work for them. The love the process as much as the outcome.
You don’t go to sleep before planning the next day
Successful people manage their time, and they do so by ending their nights in a very simple way. They plan out the things they want to accomplish for the following day. That way, they can wake up in the morning and get to work on their most important tasks, right away.
You have something to prove–to yourself
Many people have a burning desire to prove other people wrong. That’s a great motivator. Incredibly successful people are driven by something deeper and more personal. True drive, commitment, and dedication spring from a desire to prove something to the most important person of all. You.
There you have it, 13 clues to help you know if you’re on track. Don’t worry if some of the clues don’t match your current progress. What’s important is the direction, not if you’ve crossed each milestone yet.
Consider bookmarking and reviewing this list often, to measure yourself against it. Use it as a checklist, knowing that the more qualities above that you have, the higher your likelihood of being successful.
Be free. Nothing else is worth it.
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