Following on from High self-esteem, the third characteristic of a powerful signature presence is drive.
We all know someone who is driven. We recognise it as passion, total focus, high achievement, and commitment. I believe that different things drive people; some are driven by money, and can be seen continually striving to earn more and have more. Others can be driven by significance, their feeling of importance, meaning and substance. Power can be a driver for status, achieving a powerful position in work and in life. Power can personal, like having the power over a situation, another person or thing, a habit they want to conquer, or an obsession to get the job done.
A drive to be more is not just about being driven in the sense of money significance, power or status. It is about having the self-awareness and the drive to be better tomorrow than you are today. It is also about forming habits to get you closer to your goals, accepting responsibility, continually rising above the limitations you put on yourself and moving out of mediocrity.
A drive to be more comes from having a sense of purpose, a vision for a better future and a strong respect for yourself and others.
How self-aware are you of your habits, your behaviour, your thoughts and your stories? What would others say about you? Do you ever get curious about how others perceive you?
If you have continual negative or limiting thoughts about yourself in your conscious mind (yes that is the mind chatter, or that voice in your head that narrates everyday life) – then your subconscious is led to believe that this is true. Your subconscious is a very useful tool, but cannot differentiate between a thought and a fact, so the result is that the negative thought or limiting belief becomes ‘true’. Now your subconscious mind will help you ‘live down’ to that. Wouldn’t it be much more helpful, useful and positive to use our conscious and subconscious mind to ‘live up’ to things instead??
To discover what drives you – ask yourself the following questions:
- How well do I know myself?
- How important to me is a sense of continual personal development?
- How much time and money do I invest in myself to develop my skills?
- How important to me is living a fulfilling life?
- How often do I take the time plan my life, or do I just live from day to day?
- Can I see beyond the limiting beliefs that are holding me back?
- How can I change my thoughts so that I am living up to the things I want?
Are you ready to put your life into drive and create a signature Personal Presence?
Resource: James Scouller