What is more important, starting from the facts and trying to adapt to them, or setting goals and doing everything possible to achieve them? This is more of a philosophical question than a psychological one, and yet it serves to intuitively know a great truth: there are many ways of relating to our goals.
In this article we will see what the habits and personality traits of idealistic people, Those who place their visions and principles above many other things.
9 habits and traits of idealistic people
Idealistic people are not always easy to recognize, especially in a world where the scarcity of resources sometimes makes it difficult to aspire to great things. However, by paying attention to details, it is possible to recognize some common signs. Let’s see what they are.
1. They know their ethical principles better
The vast majority of human beings have a moral code, but not everyone is familiar with it. For example, it is possible that part of our scale of values was revealed when we have to make a difficult decision, so that by then this intrigue of our identity had remained hidden.
However, idealistic people they tend to know better the code of ethics that guides them, Because they devoted time exclusively to establishing their moral and practical priorities in life. As a result, they are more clear about what they want to achieve, even if they don’t need to know how to achieve it.
2. They are strongly committed to setting goals.
By being relatively clear about what they want and what they don’t want, perfectionists they can help set ambitious goals, Since they don’t have to face a high risk of fighting for something they really don’t believe in.
3. They are dreamers and want to change society
Normally, idealistic people don’t limit themselves to proposing personal goals, which only concern them. Because they tend to be ambitious when it comes to setting goals, they make them encompass a lot more people, if not the entire planet. For that, solidarity initiatives and projects that respect the environment, For example, this tends to be part of what they value.
4. Lead by example
For idealistic people, what matters is what is done, and not so much what is said. Therefore, they do not limit themselves to trying to defend ideas related to defending the type of society they would like to help build, but also set their example. This means that they act in a way that tries to accommodate what one would expect from a person with clear goals.
5. They try to apply ideas to the world, not the other way around
Idealistic people are, among other things, because they try to apply some pure ideas to the imperfect reality that surrounds us all. For example, they will try to apply the principle of truth even in certain situations where speaking the truth clearly does not benefit anyone, but does the least harm to a person. One way or another, they will act as if the defense of certain ideas modifies reality by emphasizing the importance of the defended principle.
6. They follow many self-imposed rules
As they cling firmly to their goals, they have to create rules for various possible situations that they may go through day by day. This makes their repertoire of standards quite varied and broad, which has positive consequences, such as the lack of opportunism, and negative ones, such as the risk of falling into dogmas and the lack of strategic vision.
7. They believe more in the legitimacy than in the effects of what they do
As we have seen, idealistic people act as “ambassadors” of ideas and “essences”. This is why sometimes they only defend their actions by claiming that they are legitimate, Although cause negative consequences. As a result, they can confuse legitimacy with standards of justice or welfare, and do not have to place much importance on context.
8. They want to leave a legacy
For idealistic people, their own life is a project to have a positive impact on the world, through the defense of their ideals. That is why they like the idea of leaving a legacy that others can benefit from and this, incidentally, makes them feel more transcendent.
9. They feel easily inspired
Idealists tend to find referents on which to base themselves, as they illustrate the defense of certain values so that it is easy to feel identified with them.