Those who adorn rose-colored glasses are destined to live a life below their fullest possibility. Why? Because the ability to see things as they really are and face the brutal facts is necessary to make a good decision. And yet one good decision is never enough to achieve the success that you so desire. People and organizations become successful by not making just one good decision but by making a series of good decisions. This succession of good decisions builds upon each other, accelerating you on your success journey. Even if you do not always make good decisions, bad decisions will not be detrimental, as long as you truly accept and understand the brutal facts. How do you get the brutal facts? Surround yourself with honest people. And create an environment where those people respect you and know that you desire their brutal honesty.
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.
Knowing your purpose keeps you energized. It motivates you to develop your vision, to push through adversity, and to work through failures. Living a successful life without knowing your purpose is impossible. Your purpose keeps you grounded. It keeps you centered. It keeps you facing the right direction on your life’s journey. And it should be shared. Because you will never truly lead and you will never truly affect those around you without sharing your life’s purpose with them. It is all about leading with heart. Finally, remember that you cannot find your purpose by looking at the world around you. Your purpose is found within. And no, your purpose should not be to make lots of money. You will have to dig down deeper than that.
The people you surround yourself with have a significant impact on your long-term success. If you surround yourself with negative people, you will become negative. And a negative attitude guarantees a life of disappointment. Instead, surround yourself with positive people. Chances are, you already have some people in your life who radiate positive emotions. People that you enjoy being around. People who lift up your spirits. People who are genuinely concerned for your well-being. These are the people that you need on your team. Wherever you need support, whether at home, at work, or at church, build a team of positive people. Support one another, listen to one another, encourage one another. And most importantly, acknowledge your teammates when you have a big win in your life. Because no one succeeds alone.
You have goals, and you know exactly what you need to do to accomplish them. This knowledge puts you ahead of most of the world. But you are never going to accomplish your goals if you never begin. Franklin was right. Most people do not know what is best for them. Those who do have a difficult time doing what is in their best interest. Whatever it is that is keeping you from beginning, get over it. Waiting for the perfect time, the proper motivation, or the positive attitude is just that. Waiting. Instead, press on towards your goal. Pursue your dreams. Start today.