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.
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.
Everyone suffers a little from know-it-all syndrome. While most of us relish in giving advice, few of us wish to receive advice. And when we do, how many of us actually heed the instruction of someone who has learned by experience? Look at the lives of the ultra-successful. Many are quite willing to share their experiences. And most show gratefulness to their mentors. They credit their success to the advice they received from those who preceded them. If the ultra-successful can acknowledge the instruction they received, then why are the rest of us so stubbornly determined to succeed by our own efforts? Most businesses fail within the first five years. If you are struggling with your business, seek out the advice of someone who has successfully run a business. And if you are fortunate enough to have a mentor, take time today to thank them for their influence.
Some people are in the right place at the right time. Others, not so much. Those unfortunate enough not to be in the right place at the right time are destined for mediocrity and failure. That is how most people see the world. But is that reality? Certainly not. Yes, we observe people who achieve monumental greatness due to their circumstances. Think about the Industrialists of the 1800s or the Technologists of the late 20th Century. Yes, they were born at a time where they would have a significant advantage in these emerging industries over those slightly older or younger than themselves. But so were a lot of other people. The difference? They chose greatness. They chose a life of hard work, constant learning and improvement, and sacrifice. That’s reality. So, instead of lamenting your personal circumstances, remember you have the power to choose greatness.
Success is not a destination, and neither is failure. We are all on a journey, and we will all encounter successes and failures along the way. The successful understand that failure cannot be avoided. The unsuccessful expect failure and give up when they experience it. When you experience failure, do not give up. Learn from it. Remember, with failure comes experience. From this experience, you are preparing yourself for greater successes in the future. But whatever you do, do not allow yourself to believe that you are a failure. If you do, you will continue to fail. Because you will eventually stop trying.