Twelve traits that’ll make you an authentic, better person.
In an increasingly busy and demanding world where we often feel disconnected, it is becoming more and more important to check in with ourselves and our relationship to others and the world around us.
We can change the world through little acts of kindness, which have the potential to become unstoppable forces.
We can do this by working on ourselves.
Incorporating the following twelve traits into your daily routine will help you be a kinder, gentler you, that will have a huge impact on society.
1. Be Kind
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ― Plato
Responding to others with kindness takes very little effort but is massively rewarding. The smiles you leave behind have a tremendous effect on the world, leading from one person to another and another until it snowballs into something unstoppable.
2. Be Brave
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”― Anais Nin
We should always find the courage to push ourselves to our limits, because it is at the edge of our experiences where true growth happens. By believing in ourselves and allowing ourselves to be our authentic “self” we will be happy and through our joy we will spread love.
3. Be Humble
“A great man is always willing to be little.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
The act of being humble allows us to view the world from a different perspective. It is essentially a study of our surroundings. Through our observations we come to understand the points of view of others and it allows us to be more receptive and appreciative and ultimately more mindful.
4. Be Creative
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” ― Albert Einstein
A life of creativity allows us to explore untethered and to find within the world an abundance of opportunities. When we allow ourselves to be free we can dream anything and within the fabric of those dreams we can manifest and turn out dreams into reality. Creativity makes our lives interesting and beautiful.
5. Be Present
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh,
It is important to focus on what is in front of you. This moment that you’re always in, is the specific space that you occupy and in that moment, always, you control everything, including the future. Understanding that your life in this moment is perfect and wonderful, will make you unstoppable.
6. Be Critical
“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. “ ― Voltaire
Our world is becoming increasingly busier and more fragile as we become more connected and integrated with it. Our relationships with people and our surroundings are evolving and it is important for us to constantly asses and analyze how we receive information and what and how we send it back. It is important to reflect on our thoughts before we simply respond. This will guide us into being more considerate and appreciative of what we allow ourselves to consume.
7. Be Grateful
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ― Maya Angelou
Every moment in our lives are precious. Every opportunity is a gift. When we approach our life from a point of appreciation, we will understand the idea that; all of life is a miracle, and from that point of view we will always live in abundance. When you live in a space of abundance, you wont need anything, even though the universe keeps giving.
8. Be Wise
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” ― Rumi
Living a life nestled in wisdom, is a life of reflection. It requires us to take account of our actions and our surroundings, and to reflect on that. Through constant revision we will take calculated actions and respond to our exterior world from within our interior world. It will help us foster a deeper understanding of everything around us and ultimately will cultivate a serene state of mind.
9. Be Remarkable
“We didn’t come to the world just to entertain, we came to play remarkable roles, and our reward is to see you doing more than us.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson
We should aspire to find our authentic self and our true voice so that we can give the gift of us to the rest of the world. We are all beautiful beings with unlimited potential. The only thing stopping you from reaching your full potential, is YOU. We need to sweep our limiting beliefs off the table and fly.
10. Be Honest
“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.” ― Thomas Jefferson
Living a life of honesty is living a life of constant revision where you face your fears, head on. We all wear masks but once we strip them away only the true version of ourselves will exist. Se should aspire to a life of complete honesty, in our dealing with people and especially with ourselves. Mastery of the self allows us to be true to others.
11. Be Moral
“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
We live in a complicated world with many different cultures, ethnicities, beliefs and other social and economical tendencies. What ties all of this together are the fundamental practices of good nature and ethical practices. In navigating through life we need to be mindful of others and attempt to understand their points of view. This kindles kinship and fosters beautiful friendships and relationships. Our hearts need to guide us.
12. Be Passionate
“Let all of life be an unfettered howl.” ― Vladimir Nabokov
This miracle that we all have, this gift of life, this limitless potential to create anything, is the most wondrous concept. We are microcosms and we can create anything. There is absolutely no reason to not be excited. Every moment should be a gift that we send back to the universe. We have to live it fully.