1. Growth mindset
a. People who push themselves tend to believe they can always improve, learn new skills and grow. For growth-mindset people, the sky is the limit. This quality comes very handily in any area of life, especially when moving to a new environment or starting a business.
b. Besides this, the second most important trait is the willingness to change and adapt to a new environment. I couldn’t stress this more. When in Rome, act like Romans do.
2. Deep self-awareness
a. To overcome initial challenges of a cultural shock, new environment, or business market, you really need to know who you are, what you stand for as well as what works and what doesn’t work for you. If you don’t, you can be sure to find out throughout the journey.
b. People who travel and live abroad, usually develop a very good awareness of their strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, tendencies, personal hacks to build strong habits, and ultimately find their life purpose which makes them more well-balanced, aligned, focused and productive.
3. Resilience & Creativity
a. To succeed in a new environment, you certainly need to develop a new level of resilience and patience to jump through the hoops and achieve your goals. Part of being resilient is getting creative with your strategies and approach. Tried and true may no longer work so get ready to push yourself outside of your comfort zone.
4. Willingness to fail and pick yourself up
a. On your way to success, there will be some stumbling and fumbling. Failures are OK, what matter is how fast we pick ourselves up. As athletes call it, what matters is our rebound speed. When moving to a new city, the first two months are usually the most challenging. Those who succeed usually don’t give up easy and instead keep trying.
5. Massive action-takers
a. Moving to a new place is hard. Nothing ventured, nothing gained is true here. To find a new job, new friends, or a new passion, requires massive action. Successful people stay open-minded, immerse themselves in a new environment from day one and take massive action. This also means to stop doing what doesn’t work and trying new approaches.
a. You are much more likely to succeed if you believe in your own capabilities to achieve the goals you set for yourself. This doesn’t mean you won’t need help. You should leverage as much help as possible, however, believe that it is in your absolute power to achieve anything you set your mind to.
Sometimes people believe that their problems will miraculously disappear when moving elsewhere. This couldn’t be further from truth, especially if these challenges are related to your mindset, self-relationship, and behaviors.
If you think your life is lacking purpose, adventure, or excitement, moving to a new place may or may not be the right thing to do for you depending on your ability and willingness to change. Before making this type of decision, start with picking up a new hobby, interest, or even starting a business. There are always opportunities out there for those who are seeking. The trick is to allow yourself to see the greatness in the world, and this can happen anywhere you are.
Originally published at medium.com