Most people have big plans for their life. They dream big and want to make a difference in the world. But unfortunately, some people don't achieve their dreams — they don’t even come close. Others, on the other hand, accomplish more than they ever thought possible.
There's no way to predict the future, so there's no way to know with certainty what direction our life will move in. But while there are no guarantees, there are signs that you're going to live a successful life.
1. You Know What You Want
To move forward and accomplish your dreams, you have to know exactly what you want — or at least have an idea. For example, which career path will make you the happiest? Do you want to get married or have a family? Do you want to be an employee or an entrepreneur? Going about life aimlessly can take you down paths that don’t lead to happiness.
2. You Believe You Can Achieve Greatness
Even if you know what you want, you're not going to be successful unless you believe in yourself. There's nothing wrong with dreaming big, but you have to be confident in your ability to achieve greatness. If you tell yourself you can't do something, this can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Remove the word “can’t" from your vocabulary.
3. You Have a Plan
A life plan is one of the best ways to keep your goals and dreams on track. No matter what you want out of life, you're not likely to achieve it overnight, and you definitely won't achieve it unless your life moves in that direction. Whether you have career, financial or personal aspirations, create a plan that clearly outlines the steps you need to take to achieve your end goals. This might be a one-year plan, or it can be a five-year plan.
4. You’re Self-motivated
Self-motivation means you're able to get stuff done without the influence of others. You don't need someone looking over your shoulder and coaching you. You're driven and focused, and you're willing to do whatever it takes to reach your goals.
5. You Don’t Listen to the Naysayers
Even if you have big plans for your life, not everyone will support your plans. Your friends and some of your family members might say you can't achieve something. Rather than let their words get you down, prove the naysayers wrong. Let their skepticism be your driving force.
6. You’re Not Afraid to Fail
Some people aren't happy with their lives. But they don't take action because they're afraid to fail. Talk with any successful business owners and they'll tell you about setbacks in the beginning of their careers. Problems and setbacks are unavoidable in life. If you’re determined to be successful, you're able to rise and overcome these problems and continue moving forward.
7. You Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
The worst thing we can do is compare our efforts to another person’s. Everyone has different circumstances. You and a friend might be working toward the same goal, but because of different circumstances, she's able to hit milestones before you. To be successful in life, you can't let little things discourage you.
Everyone has their own definition of what it means to be successful. Nonetheless, successful people have traits and qualities in common — they don’t give up and they believe in themselves. Take a lesson from these people and you can achieve whatever you want. What are other lessons we can take from successful people?