Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
– Calvin Coolidge
In a little more than a week, we will be moving into 2014! Have you taken the time to reflect back on your accomplishments of 2013? More importantly, have you considered all the goals you wanted to achieve but failed to attain? And why were you not as successful as you had hoped?
There are really only five reasons you don’t accomplish the stuff of legends. The good news is that means there are only five things to watch out for next year. Here they are:
1. You’re lazy. That’s right. You read it correctly. And if you don’t read the other four reasons, just know this – the main reason you haven’t succeeded in just the way you imagine is that you’re not willing to get off your butt and make those things happen. In fact, the other six reasons are really consequences of this first understanding. Listen, consistent success isn’t readily handed to you on a silver platter by someone from room service. If you want prosperity you must get up, dust yourself off, get ready for battle, and then grab your goal by the throat and refuse to let it go until it’s yours.
2. You don’t believe in yourself. Is this some of the rubbish talk you let run through your head: “I don’t know if I can do this?” “What if I’m not good enough?” “What if no one likes this?” That’s right, get all that wasted self-doubt out. Then stop it already. You see, here’s the general unassailable rule you must always remember – If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else believe in you? Richard Bach perhaps wrote it best: “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.” Stop the negative self-talk and start focusing on your advantages rather than your restrictions (limits which probably aren’t real in the first place).
3. You let others dictate your goals. We’ve all worked for someone else at sometime or another. The world is awash in mission statements and value statements and company manifestos that you didn’t write. Everyone has their own agenda and can’t wait to tell you how and when you should act. Take some time and develop your own personal declaration of independence; a statement of your intentions and what you want to get out of life. Then find a way to work your intentions in with the goals of those you work with. This is a far different approach then simply being a “yes” man or woman; a strategy, by the way, that is ultimately doomed to failure. And if you can’t create some coherence between what you believe and who you have to answer to, it just might be time to start out on your own or find someone else who values you for who you are.
4. You think the stars have to align before you start. I’m not a big fan of the “good enough” concept. In fact, having a “good enough” mindset will cost you clients, cost you self-respect, and just might cost you your job. But I also have come to know that if you wait to do something until the time is “ideal” or “perfect” or “exact,” you might not do anything at all. While there’s something to be said for being patient, all too often people use the lack of it being the “perfect time” as an excuse. We are magicians who are compelled to manifest our dreams. That only happens when we take massive action. And sometimes that massive action has to begin before everything’s down pat or impeccably planned.
5. You’re already successful and you don’t need to do more. There’s nothing more frustrating than meeting someone who thinks they’ve achieved all the success that is possible and they’ve lost that hunger for more. If you’ve even bothered to read this far then you have some need to get more out of life than you’ve already obtained. Let’s be real with each other for a moment, shall we? Everyone wants more of something. Don’t tell me you’re content with things the way they are for the rest of your life. Everything changes and nothing stays the same. Not even you. Put a little more suspense and amazement in your life. You do that by committing to wringing every last ounce of flavor out of life that can possibly be extracted. You’re “already” successful? Meh. That’s old news. And you’ve never been the type of enchanter to rest on your laurels.
If you’ve failed to achieve all of your dreams this year, the reasons can be counted on the fingers of one hand. If you’ll just closed those fingers into a fist and start hitting life with all the vigor and enthusiasm you can bear, 2014 will become a year of affluence and accomplishment for you.
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