Before you even start, you must define what success is to you. Success is different for everyone. For some, making the Olympic team is success, and that’s amazing. For others, it is making the final. Still others, anything short of winning is failure. As you can see, success is in the eye of the beholder. It is no different in life. For some, getting a good job, others owning their own business. It’s all relative. But…and it is a big but, there are many misconceptions about how to achieve your definition of success but one (and only one) commonality. You hear about dreams and goals, talents and genetics. All of that means absolutely nothing without one common practice. It’s why only 5% of the population is successful. People read, study, attend seminars, set goals and dream. Yet 95% will still not achieve success. You can make all the decisions you want to be successful. Write down your goals. but without this one simple action, your goals are nothing but a wish and a dream. 1st learn this…dreams don’t come true. A dream is a wish, a New Year’s Resolution. You know why New Year’s Resolutions don’t work? Neither do I, they just don’t. There are two things you “MUST” do. One you have total control over, and another you don’t.
The one thing that is not an option when it comes to success. Over and above all of the goal setting, dreaming, wishing and hoping. And that one thing is “WORK.”
There is no substitute for it. Every single successful person, no matter how much talent and intelligence they might possess, has rolled up their sleeves and “WORKED.” Period! I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “You have to work smarter, not harder.” You know who made that up? Lazy people! I’ve never met a successful athlete, artist or business person that when they became successful said, “Oh, that was easy.” Never! There is only one route to success. No matter how smart, talented or genetically gifted you are. And that is to “Work,” and to work damn hard.
The second part of the equation is good ‘ol father “TIME.” Success takes “TIME.” One reason New Year’s Resolutions don’t work is that people just don’t work hard enough, and they want it “yesterday.” There is no better industry to illustrate that point than mine. For 300 day a year people totally abuse their bodies. Feeding it crap, sitting in front of the T.V., computer or some other electronic device, and then on January the 1st (actually more like the 2nd or 3rd because they are still recovering from the mega abuse of December) they show up at the gym expecting that by March break they will be ready to get back into that bikini that they haven’t been able to get into for the past 10 years of abuse. They bounce around from quick fix to quick fix because that 3 weeks didn’t seem to be working. That expert they are working with didn’t give them back their 18-year-old body in 21 days. So they relapse into their old ways and say, “next year I’m going to do this.” Unfortunately, next year is like tomorrow…it never comes. And on goes the downward spiral because it never happened fast enough. That’s how we think. Well, that’s how you think. I don’t. It takes “WORK” and it takes “TIME.” There are no substitutions!
Keep in mind that with all of this. With all of the ups and downs. With all of the trials and tribulations. With all of the minor victories and multitude of failures along the way. With all of the hard work. With all of the time and effort that you put in. This will still not guarantee the success you are seeking. It will only increase your chances.