I recently joined a network of amazing people who yearn for success in life. Our quest is not only abundance from a financial point but also the opportunity to positively influence, impact and change lives. From these interactions, I came to realize that these folks are not special or different from the rest. What makes successful people different is the choices they make, the boundaries they push to birth abundance in their lives. Successful people are those keen to reach new frontiers because they give themselves permission to achieve against all odds.
I gathered that success blue print is defined by the following factors:
Your “WHY”should be bigger than your obstacles
There should be an overriding reason to want to succeed. This reason should inform at what time you wake up, at what time you sleep and who you speak to. Most importantly, your why will help you surmount obstacles and challenges along the way. If you want to give up, revisit your why and remind yourself that the future of your kids, the sanity of your family and making the world a better place is bigger than the obstacles confronting you. Going through the obstacles presents a temporary pain, however failing to face your obstacles will create a permanent pain in your life. Your why should be your ticket to the future you want.
If for a moment, you are tempted to give up, ask yourself what obstacles did Nick Vujicic born with phocomelia, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of legs and arms, had to go through to be the best author and motivational speaker he is today.
Working hard is not hardly working
Success driven people invest effort and energy especially at the beginning of their endeavors. They understand that energy follows intention and that abundant living is not found on a silver platter. Commitment is their first name. They are not deterred by different time zones, nor by the volume of work they must go through. They are never confused by the difference between working hard and hardly working. Their goal in life is to toil for success because they know anything less means that they must work with what they are given. While some people want to outsource their dreams and visions to others, success driven people take it upon themselves through determination and dedication.
Have a strong belief
To believe means to have a strong conviction that your goals will come to fruition. It is an attitude that resides within that no matter how hard it gets and how long it takes, you will get to your destination. Self-belief comes by sending the correct signal and instructions to your mind. Your mind will react based on what it is fed, hence it is incumbent upon you to believe that you can achieve no matter what. Most of us understand this concept however we practice it against ourselves. We believe that we are failures, that nothing will ever work for us. Guess what? If that is your belief you are right. Remember, ask and it shall be given. Success driven people believe that they can cross the sea of poverty and they do because they have the “I can do it attitude”.
In your journal:
- Write down goals you want to achieve in 2-3 years and why is it important to you.
- Ask yourself who else will benefit from achieving these goals
- What is it that you need to do to achieve these goals
- Write down your self-limiting beliefs on a sheet of paper and for each self-limiting belief, write the positive beliefs to counter the negative ones.
Read this three more times before the next article. Make sure that you do the exercise above because growth happens only through change in behavior. If you do the above, you will appear to be one of the special kind.