The only path to long-lasting success is to follow your dreams. When you choose not to follow your dreams, you encounter boredom, lack of interest, and lack of focus. How can you possibly succeed under these conditions? The answer is simple. You can’t. Success requires total commitment. You will never work the hours necessary to be a success without total commitment. You will never solve the unsolvable problems that you will face without total commitment. You will never overcome complete failure that you will experience without total commitment. And you will never commit fully to your career unless you commit to following your desire. So, ask yourself this question. “What do I most want to do with my life?” Find that answer, and you will find your path to success. Nobody said it would be easy. You may have to start over. But you will find a way.
Remember that big idea you had? You know, the one that keeps popping back into your conscious at the worst possible moment. Yeah, that one. When are you going to get around to working on it? Someday? Maybe when the time is right? Guess what? Your big idea will never happen. Not unless you stop thinking about sometime in the future and start thinking about today. If you are trying to accomplish something, whether it is quitting smoking, saving for retirement, or starting a new business, then you must start. The right moment will never happen. There will always be an excuse. I am under too much stress at work. I have too many bills to pay. The market is not right. The only way to get something accomplished is to think of now. Nothing will occur just by thinking about it. So, get started today.
No one ever becomes successful alone. Successful people know the only way to accomplish more is to enlist the support of other people. So, they form a team or hire employees to help them reach their goals. But not every business owner achieves their goals. Not every business owner attracts the right people. And not every business owner motivates their team to do their best work. Think about it this way. If you are in a position of leadership, you must have people willing to carry out your instructions. Because you must produce results. If not, you will be removed from your position. You depend on the support of your team to remain a leader, and to advance to a position of higher authority. How do you get people to support you? By taking care of your people. Treat people right, and they will treat you right.
Everyone wants to be successful. But most people do not believe that success is attainable. So, they offer excuses for why success has eluded them. Excuses such as bad luck, lack of sufficient funds, too old, or too young. What is worse, these same people will gladly give you multiple reasons why you will never become successful, either. When you face this negativity, do not be discouraged. Instead, take a long look at the person. Are they living the life you want to live? Probably not. So, take their negativity and use it as your motivation to prove them wrong. Do not let them rob you of your dreams. Finally, remember that you are a product of the company you keep. If you desire to be successful, surround yourself with amazing people. Find other like-minded people with dreams of their own. And build each other up with encouragement.
There just does not seem to be enough time in the day to get everything done that needs to be done. Or is there? Maybe, you need more time to get more accomplished because of how you spend your time. Think about all the things you do in the day, both at work and at home. Can you eradicate or curtail anything? I suspect so. But more often than not, we convince ourselves that we are already operating at full capacity. Instead of complaining about needing more hours in the day, start believing that you can do more. Capacity is a state of mind. Convince yourself that you can do more, and your mind will find ways to make it happen. More importantly, convince yourself that you should do more, and stick to your conviction. Eliminate your distractions – unmotivated coworkers, checking social media, etc. – and get more done.
Fear keeps you from acting. Ask yourself this one question, “What would I do if I were not afraid?” See how fear is keeping you from doing what you really want? See how debilitating fear can really be? Fear keeps people from speaking when they want to speak. Fear keeps people from deciding when they need to decide. Fear keeps people from achieving what they want in life. Don’t let anyone tell you your fears are in your mind. Your fears are not a product of your imagination. They are real. And unless you learn to conquer your fears, you will never achieve the success that you desire. The cure for fear is action. So, decide today what you most fear. And then decide what is the best action to conquer this fear. Then, act. Do what you need to do to achieve what you want to achieve.
The amount of success you achieve is directly proportional to the size of your thoughts. If you believe you will be a small success, you will achieve small successes. But big thoughts lead to big ideas. Big thoughts lead to big solutions. Big thoughts lead to big successes. Simply put, if you believe that you can do it, you will. If you believe that you cannot, then you will not. Believing big will not guarantee you a 100% success rate in life. We all fail. But you believe in yourself. So, you have the confidence to try again after stumbling. You have the wherewithal to keep trying. Because you know you are not a failure. You try again, and your belief and positive thoughts lead to finding the solutions you need. Your obstacles become your opportunities. Choose greatness. Have big ideas and believe that you can achieve them.