Success…it’s such a loose term that it’s hard to put a handle on what it really means, much less on how to get there. Nonetheless, I know how to succeed, whether you’re an astronaut or a newborn child.
Success is sometimes defined as a tangible goal, definable by figures and recognizable by milestones and end points. For others it’s an ambiguous term that defines itself and redefines itself based on the changing nature of the circumstances around it. Of course I’m talking about your own personal view of success, and since everyone’s idea of what success is is different there can be no universal standard. The 6 points that I’m about to mention are the keys that will take you to success – no matter what your definition of it may be.
A healthy burning passion for whatever it is that you do is the first step to true success. If you enter into any process with only half a mind to push yourself to succeed there’s no way you can turn that enterprise into something successful. You need to be driven to do what you do, and through that drive you can fuel more passion.
Anybody who says there’s an easy way to success is a lying sack of ineptitude. Work is the embodiment of the steps that you take down the road to your success, and with each passing step your body or enterprise as a whole moves closer to the end of the road. For me it’s about writing, and sometimes I have to write for 5 or 6 hours straight in order to meet deadlines. I don’t enjoy it, but without that work the paycheck doesn’t come in, and each paycheck allows me to continue along the path. It’s a self-serving circle, and like any circle it only rolls until there’s a break in the structure. Another word for this could be discipline, but in this context they’re synonymous.
Eyes on the prize, she falls to the skies, never to fall, never to fly, only to float, only to float, only to float ’til the day she dies. Focus yourself on the goal ahead of you by blurring out everything in your peripheral vision. With every action you take, stop and ask yourself how this gets you closer to your goal. If the answer is “it doesn’t,” then ask yourself why you’re doing it. Your vision, your dream, your success, needs to become your motivation for every waking moment. The food you eat gives you energy to push harder, stronger. The air you breathe keeps your head clear so that it can work out problems and create new, innovative solutions. Everything points towards a purpose.