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15 Signs You Are Living Up To Your Potential (Though You Don’t Know You Are)

15 Signs You Are Living Up To Your Potential (Though You Don’t Know You Are)

Potential is the possibility of something amazing. To live up to one’s potential is to be open to one’s greatness. Do you believe you have greatness in you? Not sure? Then use these 15 signs to clue you in if you are living up to your potential awesomeness. (Get ready to feel good because I know you got some of this badass-beast-juice in you!)

1. You have a positive outlook.

Most days you walk around with a smile. People like to hang around you because you’re generally an upbeat person. When things upset you, you find a way to see the silver-lining.

2. You focus on solutions.

You don’t dwell on ‘spilled milk.’ You want to fix the problem as soon as possible so you can move on. You know that most situations can be solved with a different perspective and an optimistic attitude.

3. You pursue your goals.

Your goals help you stay focused and motivated. From small milestones to big ones, every success means something to you. You don’t mind baby steps because you know it all adds up.

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4. You don’t mind hard work.

You come in early when you can and leave late when you must. You’re willing to do extra work if need be to get the job done. You take pride in your work and you’re known to be reliable.

5. You keep your promises.

Your word is important to you. When you solemnly swear to someone to do something, you feel strongly motivated to come through.

6. You are constantly learning.

You immerse yourself in your industry. You take courses to become better. You surround yourself with knowledgeable people so you can learn from them and you’re not afraid to ask for help.

7. You are open to change.

You try to practice acceptance and feel that if it doesn’t go your way — it wasn’t meant to be and you’re OK with that. You believe that things happen for a reason and good things are coming for you.

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8. You deal with stress well.

    Staying balanced is important to you so you may have a mindful practice like meditating, prayer, or journaling. Whatever you do, having peace of mind is essential to your way of life. You’re not a stranger to self-help or motivational books.

    9. You eat healthy.

    You’re all about eating right because it supports your healthy lifestyle. You’re on the go a lot so you try and stay naturally energized by eat quality foods.

    10. You stay in shape.

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      You work out because it helps with stress relief and the balance you crave. After a session at the gym, you think more clearly. You may hike or do outdoor activities because getting outside the office is part of your healthy outlook.

      11. You dress for success.

      You’ve taken to heart the saying, ‘Dress for the job you want.’ You want to be ready just in case a big opportunity knocks on your door. You dress in a way that showcases your professionalism and personal style.

      12. You keep healthy relationships.

      Your relationships are important to you. You make an effort to stay close with friends and family because it keeps you grounded. It’s not all about the grind for you because you believe – if you don’t have love, you don’t have much.

      13. You have fun.

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        Life is full for you. Along with work and spending time with your family, you do fun stuff that makes you feel good. You instinctively subscribe to that saying, ‘All work and no play makes you dull and depressed.’ (Or something like that…)

        14. You are grateful and humble.

        You find many things to be blessings. You practice gratitude and show your appreciation wholeheartedly. You may not know how good you really are, but you know you got something to offer!

        15. You have a life motto.

        You have a driving force that makes you want to succeed in life. It can be as simple as the words of Nike – Just Do It. It may be moving like Jack Kerouac’s quote ‘Be in love with your life, every detail of it.’ Whether your motto is profound or prosaic, it gets your fire burning and has you living out your undeniable potential. (You got this!)

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        Last Updated on August 7, 2018

        14 Powerful Leadership Traits That All Great Leaders Have

        14 Powerful Leadership Traits That All Great Leaders Have

        Being a leader of a company or organization is certainly a difficult and often frustrating position – but it can also be tremendously rewarding.

        Whether you’re just starting out as a leader, or have been leading for a while, you’ll be sure to benefit from knowing the essential traits that all great leaders possess.

        Effective and successful leaders transcend the title of ‘manager’ or ‘boss’. They’ve found a way to achieve the perfect combination of charisma, enthusiasm and self-assurance (with a healthy dose of luck and timing probably added to the mix).

        It may seem like some people are gifted with leadership skills, but the truth is most leadership traits can be learned, adopted, and strengthened with time and practice.

        As we delve into the list of effective leadership traits, you will learn the behaviors and attitudes of a good leader.

        The 14 most important leadership traits

        Please read through the list of leadership qualities carefully. Take note of which of the traits you excel at – and which ones you need to work at.

        Traits for better self-development

        1. Vision and mission

        Having a clear picture of what needs to be achieved is a crucial quality of good leadership.

        This vision is often communicated in a mission statement, such as this one from Starbucks:

          How to develop vision? Spend time pinpointing what you need to achieve, and then plan the steps to get there. Here’s a complete guide on creating your own vision.

          2. Self-motivated

          It’s no coincidence that successful leaders have an abundance of self-motivation.

          Without a decent level of self-motivation, you’ll struggle to become a strong and respected leader. However, if you don’t have a lot of self-motivation right now, don’t despair.

          One of the secrets is to have definite goals to keep you motivated at all times. Some people also choose to reward themselves every time they achieve a goal, and this is certainly a good way to keep yourself enthused and motivated. Learn how to set an ambitious yet achievable goal here.

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          3. Optimism and positivity

          Positive energy is contagious. Great leaders are overflowing with this type of energy.

          Not only does a positive mindset make leaders easy to work with, but it also gives them a constant source of inspiration and ideas.

          Tap into this energy by aligning yourself with positive people and positive goals. Find out more about the habits of positive people here.

          4. Emotional stability

          In leadership positions, frustration and stress are daily occurrences. This is why leaders need to have strong and stable emotions. They can’t allow themselves to be easily knocked off track.

          If you’re prone to losing your emotional stability when stressed or frustrated, try some of these techniques: breath deeply and slowly for 30 seconds, go for a walk, drink some water (instead of tea or coffee), turn your focus onto something you can resolve. Here’re some effective ways to control your emotions.

          5. Self-confidence

          Watch a presentation by any CEO and you’ll see that even if they’re not natural presenters – they make up for this by having powerful self-confidence.

          It’s not just CEOs who have self-confidence, any successful leader will have this trait in abundance. One reason for this, is that only a confident person can persuade others and gain their respect.

          Worried that you have low self-confidence? Try faking it. Psychologists often recommend that if you ‘act’ at being confident, you’ll start to look, sound and feel like you ARE confident. And in time… you will be.

          If you look for more ways to boost your self-confidence, this confidence coach has got you some nice advice:

          How to Be Confident: 62 Proven Ways to Build Self-Confidence

          6. Decisiveness

          Leaders are frequently called upon to make decisions (some leaders may have to make dozens of decisions every day). In fact, you could say that making decisions is one of the key things a leader must do.

          Spend some time observing highly-successful leaders and you’ll see that they are quick to make decisions. They also enjoy making decisions, rather than stressing out like many non-leaders do when they’re asked to decide on something.

          Put yourself in the leadership bracket by developing your decision-making skills. Start with small decisions – and then work your way up to bigger and more difficult decisions. Once other people notice your decision-making prowess, they’ll automatically see you as leadership material.

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          I know it’s really quite difficult to make the right decisions sometimes, but don’t worry, here’s a guide for you:

          How To Make Good Decisions All The Time

          7. Passion and enthusiasm

          Expressive. Active. Energetic. These are words best describe a passionate leader.

          Great leaders are lively, driven and are possessed with zeal and purpose. It’s this passion that helps them achieve big results. If you want to emulate their success, then you need to develop passion and enthusiasm for the work at hand, and the end goals.

          Take a look at this Passion Pyramid to find out how importance a leader’s passion is to the team:

            One way to do this is to find what motivates you, and keep your focus firmly on that. For example, i f you’re motivated by helping others, then make sure your role and company are both suited to realizing this. If you’re motivated by money, then put your focus on achieving bonuses and pay rises.

            Take a look at Leo Babauta’s guide on how to find your passion.

            8. Accountability and responsibility

            Exceptional leaders know that at all times they’ll need to take responsibility for tasks and their results. This includes things likes individual and team performance, as well as being accountable for when things go wrong.

            When negative things occur (and you can guarantee they will from time-to-time), a great leader will immediately step in and take responsibility. Initially, they’ll try to resolve the problem in as quick and smooth a way as possible. But if this is not feasible, they’ll be sure to say that the buck stops with them – and they take full responsibility for what has happened.

            To develop your leadership skills, you must never shy away from responsibility or accountability. If you prefer to sweep mistakes under the carpet, then you’re demonstrating non-leadership traits. Try owning up to issues and finding solutions to them. By doing this, you’ll immediately gain people’s respect.

            Find out some tips on how to be a more responsible person here.

            9. Focus

            Distractions are everywhere. And it takes major focus to stay committed to tasks and goals. The best leaders understand this, and therefore, they’re always looking at ways to boost their team’s focus.

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            One way leaders do this, is to keep their team intensely focused on the bigger picture. This might entail allocating specific time for tasks and eliminating any non-essential work.

            If you’re easily knocked off track, you’ll need to spend some time boosting your focus. Try planning your day, week, month and year to help ensure that you don’t fall behind with achieving your goals. Check out the 7 strategies of staying super focus recommended by a productivity coach.

            10. Ever-learning

            Leaders know that to be successful they need to continually update their skills and knowledge. They deliberately learn all they can about their profession and industry, so they’ll able to make confident and assured decisions.

            Why is ever learning so important? I’ll leave it to you to find out the reason here:

            If I Am Living a Good Life, Why Should I Bother Learning New Stuff?

            Imagine a CEO of a solar power company. His company may have amazing solar panels, but when it comes to discussing business with potential buyers, if the CEO or his sales team show a lack of understanding about the solar industry and future trends, etc., they’ll be unlikely to win any business.

            It’s exactly the same for you. If you’re a team leader at an electronics store, you should make sure you fully understand all the products that you offer. But go beyond just that, and read about upcoming products and trends that might change what customers are interesting in buying in the future.

            Traits for effective communication

            11. Empathy

            The best leaders understand the feeling of their team members, customers and associates. They know when to praise, and when to discuss problems (usually in private).

            Without empathy, leaders will be seen as cold, harsh and lacking understanding. They’re also likely to be regarded as untrustworthy.

            One way to ‘put yourself in someone else’s shoes’ is to have regular informal discussions with your colleagues. When you do this, you’ll quickly learn their fears and desires. And when you understand why they have these – you’ll be in a position to express empathy. You can also learn to be more sensitive to others’ needs by taking up these communication skills.

            12. Persuasive and influential

            Communications are at the heart of all transactions. Whether it’s pitching for a sale or resolving a customer complaint, how you communicate will determine the outcome.

            Charismatic leaders such as Richard Branson (Virgin) and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) are confident and persuasive communicators. They know how to win over audiences and leave a lasting impressing in people’s minds.

            There’re some common barriers that you’ll have to overcome in order to communicate effectively:

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            How to learn effective communication? You could join the world-renowned U.S. nonprofit Toastmasters International. They’ve been training people in the art of public speaking since 1924, and members have included Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, and Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy.

            If you don’t have time to join a club, then practice your communications skills at home. You can do this in front of a mirror, or even better, video yourself presenting, and then ask some friends and family members for feedback. You’ll be amazed at what they pick up on.

            Traits for ensuring an engaging team

            13. Team building

            If you put a bunch of random people together, you may have a loose definition of a team. In reality, a real team has purpose, drive – and a leader lighting the way.

            If you’ve worked in different teams and with different managers, you’ll no doubt have come to this conclusion:

            Managers who treat their team members like children are unpopular with the team. Conversely, managers who treat their team members like adults, are respected and well-liked by the team.

            The days of disciplinarian managers are passed. Nowadays, successful team leaders know how to inspire and motivate their team, while keeping a harmonious atmosphere between all team members.

            14. Fostering creativity

            Solutions to problems are rarely black and white. Often it takes a leader who can ‘think outside the box’ to come up with answers. In other words, a leader must be creative, and also help to foster creativity and innovation throughout their team.

            Creativity is not only associated with pursuits such as arts, literature and music, running a team can be just as creative. There will be times every day when you need to come up with ideas and give guidelines for your team to come up with theirs to solve problems.

            Leadership is a journey of continuous learning

            Leadership is an amazing experience that will take you on roads you’ve never traveled before.

            Begin now to build your skills and experience, pick out the traits that you currently lack – and then work on developing those.

            It will take tons of practice and time before becoming an effective leader but eventually you will join the ranks of great leaders.

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