posted on May 4, 2020
Throughout my career, I’ve always tried to learn from those individuals who have built their success on learning how to get the most out of life. A majority of those individuals all seem to practice very similar habits and poses certain qualities that help them achieve their goals and live their life to the fullest. The following are six qualities that I believe are some of the main staples that will help you live your fullest life.
1. Have passion and drive:
In my opinion, these two things set the tone for everything else that we are going to discuss coming up. Passion is something that carries over into all aspects of life. Whether it’s with your career, relationships, hobbies, etc., having passion for something will allow you to achieve great things. We all understand that there will be hard times and tough situations that come along the way. That’s inevitable. But being passionate about everything in your life is one of the only things that can keep you moving even when it seems like everything is standing still. Whatever you decide to do in your lifetime. Do it with passion.
2. Believe in your abilities:
Believing in ourselves is something that we are all taught to do from a very young age, but something that we seem to forget along the way. Maybe this is because we let others influence our thought processes and decisions, or maybe it’s because we actually stop believing in ourselves. Either way, a majority of the time the difference between us achieving our goals or falling short comes down to how much we truly believe in our ability to succeed. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right”. The mind is an extremely powerful thing, and positive self-talk is an extremely beneficial tool. If you one hundred percent undoubtedly believe in yourself and everything that you set out to do, you will be successful.
3. Don’t be afraid to fail:
Failure has the power to teach us some of our most valuable lessons. Without failure and learning from our mistakes, there is no growth. I think can all admit that we have been able to take something positive away from something that we failed in the past. Maybe it was a sporting event growing up. Maybe it was a test that we took in college. Or maybe it was a job opportunity that we missed out on as an adult. All of these failures presented us with an opportunity to learn from our mistakes and become better prepared for our future experiences. However, it’s not just as simple as failing and getting better. We have to be open-minded to the situation and willing to learn in order to see the benefit of the lesson. If we choose to play the victim or develop a fear of failure, we will never have the courage to take advantage of the opportunities that are placed in front of us.
4. Value all relationships:
Throughout our lifetime, we are all involved in relationships with others who have had an impact on us. Think about your family and friends. People who have supported and helped you along the way in your efforts to achieve your goals. Maybe they even believed in you in times when you didn’t believe in yourself. Without these relationships, you would not be where you are today. It’s also important to value past relationships, even if they even had a negative outcome. Even though we don’t like to think of those, it’s important to understand that we still grew from those situations. Without even realizing it, those relationships helped shape us into who we are today. Whether good or bad, relationships have taught us things that hold much value, and have helped us to learn and grow along the way. Don’t ever take them for granted.
If you want to live a full life, you have to have balance. The tricky part is understanding that balance is not always going to be 50/50. There will be times where it becomes necessary to put more focus on some areas of your life than others. Understand that this isn’t a bad thing, but do not lose sight of the importance of the other areas. Maybe one of your goals has always been to start your own business. In order to make that happen, you are going to have to make it a number one priority. Know that a large majority of your time and effort will be spent on achieving this. At the same time, understand that those other things in your life such as family, friends, your health, etc., all play a role in your success. Without being able to balance those different areas of your life, you are potentially risking the chance of losing them all. By having balance in your life, you can in fact achieve all of your goals while living a more fulfilled life in the process.
6. Pass on:
Each of us has our own unique experiences and skills that we have acquired throughout our lifetime. However, those things mean nothing if you do not share them with others. Teaching and helping others is one of the most rewarding things you can do. There is nothing better than being able to share your knowledge with those eager to learn and get better. We all were once in that same place, wanting to know more about the particular topic. Most of us were fortunate enough to have a mentor, teacher, or friend that had the patience to share a little bit of that with us. We should each strive to be that person for someone. Not only are you passing on skills and knowledge to others, but you also end up learning more about it in the process. Ultimately, we all should aim to be a teacher, passing on our knowledge to those eager to learn.
– Curtis Miller