Success is a fascinating thing.
There are good people with every possible advantage that struggle with success and life in general. It’s also easy to find people with no education, a poor attitude, and a lack of morality that seem to thrive. Both groups of people want to get ahead, but only one is successful.
Why is that?
Successful people, regardless of their advantages or disadvantages, have one thing in common: they consistently work at their goals.
I call this discipline. Its what’s left when everything goes away.
It’s necessary to do everything you can to be successful and take that attitude into every goal you set for yourself. You must be willing to make sacrifices and push to get what you want and what you deserve for yourself.
It’s never really easy because if it were, everyone would be doing it!
Add these behaviors to your life and create more success:
- Make use of what you have. This includes your capabilities, time, and other resources. There’s no reason to wait until you learn something new, save a certain amount of money, or make the right contacts. You can do those things on the side, but the bulk of your time should be spent on doing everything you can with what you currently possess.
- Read books that enable you to spend your time more productively. By learning more, you can correct your mistakes and use your time more wisely. The right book can teach you more discipline or how to better interact with others. Books give you access to the very best minds in the world, past and present. Every book you read can improve you in some way and enhance the way you spend your time.
- Commit to being your best. Most of us are either too lazy or too afraid to bring our best to each day. Discipline and courage are required if you want to consistently be successful at a high level.
- Make plans. Dreams are nice, but they’re just a starting point. You must convert your dreams into concrete plans, and then put everything you have into executing those plans. Building a life without a good plan is like trying to build a home without a good plan. Eventually, you run into trouble and must use make-shift solutions just to keep it from falling apart.
- Plan your day, but not all of it. Ensure that you can hit the ground running, but leave yourself enough wiggle room to take advantage of any opportunities that present themselves along the way. The same goes for your week, month, and year. Have a good, solid outline for your time for at least the next year.
- View problems as challenges to be solved. Becoming successful requires dealing with a nearly endless stream of obstacles. View these obstacles as challenges that make you stronger, smarter, and more capable to handle the next challenge. The bigger the challenge you’re able to solve, the more successful you will become.
- Avoid distractions. Spend your time on the most important activities. If learning to play the piano is a priority for you, spending time perfecting your photography skills, playing the guitar, and learning to oil paint ensures that you’ll never become the best pianist you can be. Building a life without a good plan is like trying to build a home without a good plan.Eventually, you run into trouble and must use make-shift solutions just to keep it from falling apart. The same goes for your week, month, and year. Have a good, solid outline for your time for at least the next year.
It’s easy to look around and see that the universe isn’t judging “good” people and “bad” people when it comes to success. You know plenty of awful people that are doing well, and plenty of wonderful people that are struggling.
You must have a plan and put it into action each day. That is the ultimate determiner of success.
Make a plan for your life today and live the life you want.