As they say, success is something that is earned. The most successful people in the world are the ones who put in the time, work, and effort over a consistent period of time. Sometimes the hard work may seem eternal, with no end insight. With your head down and nose to the grindstone, you may be so focused on achieving your goals that you don’t even notice the progress you’re making.
However, recognizing and acknowledging your progress is key to continuing to work hard. Here are five signs that your hard work is indeed paying off.
You Can Pay For Your Basic Needs
Sometimes we’re so focused on buying a luxury pair of earrings, or a new car, yet, we forget to be grateful and conscious of the fact that we can pay for our basic needs. In Western society we can lose sight of the big picture, and forget that just being able to pay for your groceries or rent is already a huge achievement! Be grateful for what you have, and recognize that being able to pay your bills as it is is already something to be proud of.
While we shouldn’t live our lives constantly in need of others’ approval, there’s something to be said about getting positive feedback. Whether it’s appreciation from your boss at work, or a friend, praise for your work and achievements is a sign that you’re doing something right.
Remember, positive feedback comes in many forms and should be accepted. Far too often we only pay attention to the negative feedback and lose sight of the positive comments.
Regardless of your industry or your project, a clear indication that you’re advancing is increased knowledge of the subject matter. If you start to find yourself struggling less to find a solution and answers come to mind immediately, then this is a sign that you’re becoming an expert in your field.
Increased knowledge and growth are concrete proof of your hard work. The most successful people are the ones that continuously develop their skills and knowledge since this ultimately contributes to your long-term success.
Have you noticed that you’re starting to carry yourself differently? As you get better at what you do and the more that you achieve, the more confident you’ll start to feel. A decrease in your insecurities is evidence that you’re growing and becoming the best version of yourself thanks to your hard work and commitment to your goals.
Don’t forget that part of success is giving yourself a little credit. Regardless of how far you still have to go, don’t forget to pause at each milestone and acknowledge how far you’ve come.