Do you ever feel uncertain about the path you’re on, because you’re not where you want to be? Or maybe you’re sitting there, second-guessing your own potential, and feel as if you’re not smart, original, or talented enough. I know this is going to sound strange, but you’re doing it right. These experiences are normal. It’s only when you stop questioning and become complacent about where you are that stops you from dreaming boldly. Lately, I’ve been in the process of picking myself up when my fears spiraled out of control and took the best of me. But resilience brought me perspective and I am willing to live with the price of going after what I want. I hope you find the strength to do the same, too. Psych2Go shares with you 7 strange signs you will be successful:
1. You know what you want, even though you don’t know how to get it yet.
Have you ever been so sure of something that you’re constantly bursting with energy? Perhaps you knew you always wanted to be a dancer ever since you were given your first pair of ballet flats, or maybe staring up at the night sky as a lost lonely teenager made you curious about what is beyond the empty void of adulthood that motivated you to become an astronaut. You can be absolutely sure about what you want, but you may not know how to necessarily obtain your dreams yet, and that’s okay. You’re starting somewhere, and that’s what counts.
There are two things I’ve always been passionate about: helping others and understanding myself better. Haha, I bet you thought I was going to say something like, “I’ve always been passionate about writing!” Writing is a tool that helps me reflect, understand myself better, and help others do the same, so yes. In a way, I am passionate about it, but it’s secondary to what truly matters to me. I still have a long way to go, and I try to figure things out as I go. It’s a special kind of journey—going within yourself to search for answers. It teaches me the art of patience and self-awareness, and for that, I am grateful for all my struggles.
2. You’re easily bored and love challenges.
We often identify traits like novelty-seeking that can lead to behaviors, such as gambling, drug abuse, and ADHD. But according to Dr. Robert Clominger, a psychiatrist who developed personality tests for measuring this trait, novelty-seeking is what keeps people happy, healthy, and creative. Clominger states, “To succeed, you want to be able to regulate your impulses while also having the imagination to see what the future would be like if you tried something new.” When you’re easily bored, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re unmotivated. Instead, you have the potential to grow when you seek new experiences that allow you to make the most out of your creativity.
Tai Khuong, co-founder and CEO of Psych2Go, states, “I’m good at taking risks.” If he wasn’t, this site wouldn’t exist! Taking risks isn’t just a trait—it’s a skill you can learn and embrace. When you step out of your comfort zone and face your fears, it’s liberating and life-changing. In fact, it’s the main reason why being comfortable and settling are two circumstances I actively avoid that helps me appreciate my everyday challenges.
3. You don’t maintain a work/life balance. Instead, you just focus on life.
I used to think that passion meant adapting an “all-or-nothing” attitude, but it’s not. I also learned that balance means setting healthy boundaries that work, but they don’t necessarily have to be rigid. But, what does it mean to just focus on life? As humans, we try to systematically organize by categorizing the different aspects of our lives, so they don’t spiral out of control. But instead of working on neatly giving everything a place to belong, it’s easy to get fixed on the small details that we forget about the bigger picture.
Being successful means going with the flow and doing what you feel is best for your mental health, your friends, family, and coworkers. Although a certain degree of discipline and getting into a rhythm that works for you are important, it’s also essential to make the most of everyday. Being successful also doesn’t necessarily translate to 40-hour work weeks. When I’m not working, I still work on personal projects on my day-offs, whether that means brainstorming new ideas at the movies, or winding down reading self-help books that keep my goals grounded. It’s all a matter of finding purpose and meaning in what you do on a daily basis.
4. You practice empathy, look out for your teammates, and celebrate the happiness of others.
Although it’s exciting to be motivated in what you do, successful people don’t just ditch and forget about the people around them. Success never happens alone—it’s always a collaborative effort. If you have great people skills, often look out for your teammates, and empathize with others, then you’re already on a great path! Society often paints the workplace to be a dog-eat-dog world, but competition doesn’t hold meaning when people can’t learn from one another. It’s important to refrain from adapting self-absorbed habits and learn to reach out as much as possible. Be supportive of each other’s dreams, and help each other achieve them. You’ll start to see that your insecurities begin to heal. It changes everything, I promise. ♥
5. You practice humility—again and again.
You don’t focus on your achievements or constantly want to prove yourself to others by finding opportunities to be in the spotlight. Instead, you just want to get better—not for an audience, but for yourself. When you work on improving your skills behind the scenes, your work journey becomes much more authentic, because your progress is only for you to see. It’s not about the A you earned on a test that’s pinned to the classroom board or the amount of likes you receive on social media. You care about progress because you want to genuinely get better, not perform better.
6. You’re not motivated by money as a reward, but rather see it as a resource.
You don’t care about making the big bucks just to be able to afford extravagant possessions, such as fancy cars or attend special functions like cocktail parties. In fact, you see it almost as a slap in the face that success can supposedly be measured by something that can be spent just as easily as it is earned. Yes, earning money is necessary for survival, but you don’t allow it to be everything. Instead, you focus more on earning money to give back to your community of supporters and your team members’ hard work, and to buy resources or afford experiences that help sustain and grow your business, projects, and passion.
7. You don’t believe in “dream jobs.” Instead, you believe in hard work!
Persistence is key. People often say there’s no such thing as fairy tale love. The same goes for success. Rather than daydreaming about the possibilities of what your ideal career entails, you go out and actively work towards building it. Overnight success is a myth. In order to reach your goals, you understand that sacrifice, hard work, and failures are all essential components of the journey. In fact, that’s what makes it all the more worthwhile.
If success were easily handed to you without a single day of sweat or tears, it would be hard to find meaning in it. But you also realize that success isn’t everything. In fact, it’s just a moment. When you recognize that, it’s a humbling experience, because you understand that success doesn’t amount to much without the respect and love you have for yourself and others.
What are your dreams? Do you experience these signs? Psych2Go would love to hear your thoughts! Please be sure to leave a comment down below!
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