Many of us find contentment in our average lives, but why is that? We are happy being just who we are, without striving to push ourselves further.
A huge part of that is caused by a sense of fear—fear that if we try to be more successful, we might fail.
Though we might not admit it, there is an underlying belief in many people that successful people are successful simply because “that’s what they were born to be.”
But success isn’t something you are born with (unless you’re a child star or royalty, of course).
Success is something that anyone can achieve, with the right combination of hard work, dedication, and a few other factors.
More specifically, there are 7 life changing ways you can start your path to success today. Implement these points, and within no time you will be a much different person than you currently are:
1) Have a Vision
Success is all about having a vision. After all, you can’t go down a road if you have no idea at all what your destination might be.
There must be an intimate understanding of what exactly you are looking for, of what success means for you.
Is it being the CEO of a company? Is it founding a startup? Is it writing a bestselling novel? You have to know where you are going if you are to have any shot at all of getting there.
Define your vision and follow your dreams.
2) Commitment and Determination
What successful person have you ever seen that wasn’t absolutely committed and determined to their craft?
Here’s the cold hard truth: you may have a dream, but there are thousands if not millions of other people who have the same dream as you.
You have to prove that you can accomplish your dream in a way that others can’t.
This means committing yourself completely towards your pursuits. Pushing for what you want more than anyone else around you.
On obstacles where everyone else would give up and put their guns down, you have to find a way to overcome them.
3) Fail, Fail, and Fail
No one has ever succeeded without failing a thousand times. Success isn’t a straight path between where you are and where you want to be; success is a long and winding road, with twists and turns, bumps and walls, and every obstacle you could ever imagine.
There are going to be thousands of ways you will fail on your road to success. You will stumble again and again—people will reject you, people will tell you your ideas are bad, people will use you and make fun of you.
Every successful person in the world has gone through this, and when faced with adversity they have all turned around and said, “I’m going to keep going.” With every failure comes more experience, and with more experience comes a greater shot at reaching your goals.
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4) Practice Absolute Excellence
Many people are happy with “just enough”, but when have you ever loved any product that was “just enough”? Was your favorite movie directed by someone who did “just enough”; was your favorite book written by an author who wrote “just enough”?
Of course not.
Successful creators go above and beyond. They do absolutely everything to achieve perfection, getting as close to perfection as they absolutely can, even if it means working until their hands bleed.
Give yourself standards that you can’t reach, and then work hard enough until you reach them.
5) Exercise Your Will
Will, desire, willpower—all mean the same thing. It means how much you want something, and how far you are willing to go to achieve it.
We have a limited amount of willpower that we can use per day, so making sure that you use your willpower on the right things is important.
Don’t waste your willpower on activities that add strain to your life; push forward on your path to success every single day.
There must be a burning desire inside of you to see yourself in your vision. Are you ready to do whatever it takes to get there?
Playing it safe is for people who never achieved anything substantial in their lives. Dare to do the impossible, what others say that can’t be done. Dare to reach out and become more than anyone ever expected of you.
Dare to get out of your comfort zone and expand what you know. Dare to become a bigger person than you ever thought you could be. Dare to be the dream you want to be, because that’s the only way it will ever happen.
7) Go To Success
And finally—go to it. You know where success is. You’ve identified what needs to be done, what you need to do to get there. So ask yourself the question: are you going to do it?
If the answer is no, then give up now; success was never yours to begin with. If yes, then go for it, right here, right now.
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