It’s true that you are your own worst enemy. Even someone who seems to have it all probably feels like a failure at one point or another. It’s like we’re all wired to beat ourselves up over life.
We spend a lifetime setting goals and building expectations, and then we focus on failures more than success. Well, it’s time to stop. You’re amazing, even if you don’t always feel like it.
Still don’t believe it? Check out these eight signs that you’re actually succeeding in life.
1. You Have Less Drama in Your Life
When we’re young and foolish, we tend to be a bit more dramatic about things. Even if you didn’t realize your own part in the drama, it was there. Now it isn’t. This is a sign of maturity, and it’s also a sign of life success. If you find it easier to maintain good (and drama-free) relationships, you’re winning at life.
2. You Accept Failure
Successful people don’t see failure as the opposite of success. They see it as a part of success. Every failure is a lesson that makes you wiser and brings you closer to your goals. If you have even a basic understanding of this concept and are able to apply it to your life, you’re doing quite well.
3. People Love You Fiercely
Look around at your inner circle of friends and family members. If this group is made up of people who would do anything for you, check off the success column in your notebook. The people we surround ourselves with are a reflection of ourselves. If they care enough about you to be there in your time of need, you must have done something right along the way.
4. You’ve Stopped Complaining
Maybe everyone complains sometimes, but you’ve made this practice less of a habit. Successful people understand that they’re in control. If something was not to their liking, it’s up to them to change it or change their situation to avoid it. You’re smart enough to realize that complaining isn’t going to do anything positive.
5. You’ve Let Go of Petty Jealousy
You don’t need to be jealous of other people’s successes because you know that you’re in control of your own destiny. You can celebrate with them and work towards anything you want for yourself. In fact, you’re so confident in your own abilities that you may even help someone else achieve their goals.
6. You Look Forward to Most Days
You have a reason to get out of bed every morning, or at least most mornings. That’s a major accomplishment that many people don’t have. Think about it this way: Your life is about your happiness. It doesn’t matter what car you drive; if you’re miserable, you’re not a success. When you have hope and happiness, regardless of what’s in your bank account, you’re succeeding at life.
7. You’ve Let Go of The Past
If you’re wise enough to know that your past mistakes have not ruined you, you’re a major success. Maybe you broke the law or struggled with substance abuse, but you’re better now. If you aren’t still doing those things, don’t let them define you. Everyone has a past, and we all have skeletons. Just keep the skeletons out of your driver’s seat, and you’ll be just fine.
8. You Love Deeply
Love is one of life’s greatest accomplishments. And let’s not kid ourselves. It’s not easy. If you can love purely and unconditionally, you’re succeeding at life. Even if you only love your dog this way, it’s a start. Think about those feelings and try to apply them to other areas of your life.
If you nodded in agreement to any item on this list, you’re successful in some way. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Simply work on the things that need work and try to enjoy yourself. Life is what we make it.