Have you ever spent time with someone who seems to have it all together? They’re happier. Healthier. They are brave and strong. And they appreciate everything, even the struggles they have to endure. How does someone like that come to be?
By choice, of course.
The people that are strong have traits that stick out in their everyday life. Here are 4 traits of the strong, and what you can do to make these traits your own:
Strong people are confident. They believe in themselves and their passions. Confidence takes work to own, and requires regular persistence and practice to feel it. Even when the strong feel less than confident, they know what minor adjustments to make so they can take their confidence back.
What To Do: Walk taller. Keep your head up. By moving this way physically, your body tells your brain that you’re confident. This is the beginning of rewiring old patterns of unworthiness and replacing them with new patterns of confidence and strength.
This “glass half full” frame of mind is a mindset held by some of the most successful people in the world. Successful people look for the silver lining in everything. The truth is there really is optimism in every situation. Choose to find it and you will.
What To Do: Take inventory of the situation that you’re struggling with. What good can come of it? How can you use what happened to grow? Stop looking at all that can go wrong and start looking at all that can go right.
Strong people are reliable. They show up when they’re supposed to. They believe in the old adage, “What comes around, goes around.” They are givers. Strong, reliable people understand that if they give to someone in need, what they get in return far exceeds any material prize.
What To Do: If you say you’re going to do something, do it. Offer someone the ride. Put your best food forward. When you show up as the best version of yourself, people don’t forget that. Your reliability doesn’t just serve them, it serves you, too. You will genuinely feel better about yourself when you become more reliable to yourself and others.
Trust is hard to find in some people. Trust states that one is both reliable and honest. Strong people are trustworthy because they want to be, not because they have to be. It fills them to know other people can count on them.
What To Do: Be true to your word every time. If someone tells you something in confidence, give them the gift of trustworthiness. We all need someone to share things with. The next time someone puts his or her trust in you, hold it close.
Trustworthy people are held in high regard because they’re giving the world something that is a rare find. Be rare. The world needs more of you.
Take this one day at a time and one attribute at a time. Strength builds great character. It also gives you what you need to get through some of the most difficult times in your life. Choose to be strong, and watch the world change around you.
Joleene Moody is a PositivityGuides writer and Robbins-Madanes interventionist, specializing in offering information that helps readers shift their mindset quickly in order to improve their lives.