Two of the most important things people search for in life are; to live happily as much as possible, and to feel satisfied with their lives.
I know these are two areas I have worked on a lot over recent years, and I have made dramatic improvements – by looking at qualities that promote professional and personal success.
Like all personal development, it takes self-awareness and the ability to question oneself.
To be happy we need to feel happy. It’s not something we can outwardly project successfully if we are not truly feeling it.
Being satisfied has an even deeper intrinsic value. Feeling truly satisfied is one of the best feelings in the world, but achieving it is something some people chase throughout their lives. Without ever really knowing what, or why they are chasing it.
We all have qualities within us to help develop our professional lives flourish, as well as your personal successes. But it requires a mindset shift.
Here are 10 qualities that promote professional and personal success. Read through the list and questions how you approach these qualities. Also ask others how they perceive you, or think about that yourself.
Always Remain Humble
Try to focus on your work, and let the work do the talking. Humility is an internal reflection, and it doesn’t come across well if you’re boastful. Make time to help others, don’t get tied up in just thinking about yourself.
Being self-centered is a terribly unattractive way to present yourself. We can all get caught up in self-promotion, or thinking about ourselves. Especially in a competitive working environment. Stop worrying about your own image, take risks and chances by putting yourself out there.
Too many people try to be perfect, or maintain an image that they are perfect. There is something much more endearing about people who are more transparent. This frees you up from the chains of fearing failure.
When you are genuinely humble, you can have a much more flexible and open attitude to life. You’ll find success and happiness will follow when you are not chasing it so hard. Being involved in larger projects and work tasks that involve a whole team, and not trying to take any credit will paint you in a good light.
Be Grateful for What You Have
When you find gratefulness in your heart for what you have, you’ll feel positive emotions. Pushing any negative emotions, and other unproductive feels to the back of your mind. Gratitude is a positive emotion, something we should all be focusing on.
We will all experience help from others in both our personal and professional lives, being grateful for every piece of advice shapes who we are. Redirect this attitude to others, and help them whenever possible.
Live Your Dreams
Easier said than done, right? Well you’ll only find it if you try. Don’t just daydream and never act on it, or follow your dreams from a safe distance. Start taking action to live your dreams, start by making a list and how you intend to achieve them.
Your passion and dreams bring meaning to your life. It motivates you, helps shape who you are and what your purpose is. One day you will want to look someone in the eye and tell them to follow their dreams, don’t do this without living that practice yourself.
Practice Being Patience
It’s tough being patient, we all wants results yesterday. But practicing patience is a valuable skill to being successful. There is a huge difference between waiting, and patience, and these two are not to be confused.
Impatience is on the anger spectrum, and can cause added stress to whatever you are impatiently waiting for. It can damage personal relationships, working relationships, and cause people to question how in control you are.
Being patient shows self-control, and means you believe in what you’re waiting for. If it’s right, and meant to be, it will be worth waiting for. Being impatient often doesn’t help.
Be a Good Human Being
This is quite a bold statement. But there is a lot to it, and by being the best person you can you’ll achieve much more success. This means incorporating some of the other points in this article. Being authentic to others, humble, patient, and always pleasant to others.
Tolerance and acceptance are two essential qualities. We all get challenged, annoyed, and have to deal with some unpleasant things. That doesn’t mean its ok to act in a similar manner. Rise above it and be a better person.
Be Thoughtful and Considerate
When dealing with other people always take a moment to be considerate to their feelings, and thoughtful about the situation. This applies to both our personal and working lives. Making a special someone feel exactly that – special. Make your work colleagues feel important.
This doesn’t mean that you need to be a ‘yes’ person, don’t put yourself out there to be taken advantage of. But by being thoughtful to others, treating them with respect and consideration, you’ll find the best in yourself and others.
Put Love First
Work and friendships come and go, as painful as that is to accept. But those who love us and are significant in our lives, should be held on higher esteem. Because they are the ones who will be there for us when we’re in need, and likewise.
Those who love us, accept us for our good and bad points. Forgive our mistakes, and are willing to help us on our journeys. They help reaffirm who we are, an important gut-check we all need from time to time.
Those who do not appreciate and respect their love ones are more likely to fail. Missing that key ingredient generally means they are missing something in themselves. Don’t be that person.
Be Sure to Challenge Yourself
In order to be successful and get the best out of ourselves, we need to challenge ourselves. Playing it safe, and never challenging yourself means you’ll never raise your game. It’s natural to want a certain level of security, but ask yourself, “when was the last time I challenged myself?”
Try setting yourself some goals, make them difficult but achievable. The more you challenge yourself the more you’ll flourish. Challenges push us to achieve more, in both our personal and professional lives.
There are few values, if any, more important than being honest. Being seen as a person with integrity should be high on your priorities. Ask yourself what you think of other people when you find out they are being dishonest. There isn’t a silver lining to be found anywhere.
Being truthful allows you to build real, long-lasting relationships based on trust. Being able to trust people in business is fundamental in the progression of a company. Friends and family will be energized and feel comfortable building on their friendships too.
Always Be Authentic
We all find out who we are and more about ourselves throughout our lives. But being authentic is a choice we are all able to make. Always develop and spread your own ideas and free-will, be independent and true to yourself.
When you are true to yourself you’ll see opportunity everywhere. Your professional and personal life will be full of opportunities, not restrictions. You will have a more positive outlook, and you will feel optimism.
Some say the easiest path to happiness in life, is to help others achieve their happiness. This is something I have found to be true, and incredibly satisfying.
To find that deep sense of happiness and satisfaction, reflect daily on what is important to you, and how you are being humble, authentic, and true to yourself.
I bet if you look around at everything you have achieved, you’ll feel quite proud. Consider how and why you’re at your position.
A greater professional and personal level of success awaits you, follow the above points and embrace any changes you need to make. I wish you the best of luck.
Any comments regarding the above, please feel free to leave a comment.
Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.