Life is tough. With each new day, a lot of things happen that are beyond your control. Even within the realm of your control, things often don’t go according to plan. So many people enter your lives every day and even more leave. You have days, weeks and even months which make you question your entire existence. You face situations that you never saw coming in your wildest dreams.
All of us face rejection, heartbreak, death of loved ones, or other tragedies at one point or another during the course of our lives. Amidst all the adversity and all the hard times, the one thing that determines whether you’ll make it or not is having a strong personality. You have to be resilient within, in order to survive. You have to be strong for the people who love you. You have to be strong for your own self. You have to be strong if you want a chance at making your life worthwhile.
Here are 7 signs that will confirm whether you have a strong personality:
You know who your real friends are
You’re not someone who gets easily influenced or impressed by anyone they meet. You can judge what kind of person someone is in the first few meetings. You might have the biggest social circle in the world but there are a very few people in that circle who you can truly trust, who you would call up in the middle of the night if you needed help and who you actually consider a good friend.
You don’t tolerate ignorance
Ignorance can come in many forms – ignorance about your own life, ignorance about the feelings of those around you, and ignorance expressed as hatred or intolerance. People with strong personalities like to be well-informed about all the realities of life and it’s hard for them to be around people who have no knowledge or direction in life and live every day in the most nonchalant manner.
You’re not an attention seeker
You live life for yourself or for those you love. Whatever you do is motivated by a desire to be better than you were yesterday or to make your own life better, not by a desire to seek constant approval or attention for your actions. Your strong personality might sometimes attract attention but it’s not something you were looking for.
You’re an amazing listener
Strong people understand how bad it feels when you’re telling someone a story and the person in front of you keeps checking their phone or fidgeting. So when you’re talking to these strong people, they’ll be sure to maintain eye contact the entire time and give you their full attention. You’ll never feel like they’re losing interest and you’ll want to keep telling them more and more.
Your life isn’t clouded by fear
Some people just spend their entire lives in fear! Fear of what others would say or think. Fear of what the consequences might be. And fear of things not turning out the way they expect them to. We get so caught up in all of our fears that we forget to live our own lives, we forget to pursue the things that make us happy and we forget how short this life is. Strong people are not like this. They are confident enough to follow their own heart and to know that they are capable of handling any problems that might never even come.
You view difficulties as opportunities to grow
When life gets hard, when nothing seems to go their way, strong people don’t feel the need to run. They don’t avoid their own problems and wait for them to end magically. They actively seek to tackle all the difficulties of life. They see every complication as a challenge, as an opportunity to become wiser and an opportunity to grow as a person. They embrace all experiences with open arms, whether they are good or bad.
You don’t permit excuses
This might be the most useful trait of a strong person. These people don’t allow excuses for anyone, not even themselves. They believe that every person is responsible for their own decisions and actions. If they make a mistake, they’re not afraid to admit it. If they’re given a hard task, they won’t think of excuses to avoid it. They accept and handle all of their decisions no matter how hard or counter-intuitive it might seem to them.
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