Know what makes a person successful? It’s no real secret: they do.
Let’s take someone who wants to be a model as an example. Sure, sometimes a model is “discovered” while walking down the streets of New York, but that’s the exception and not the rule. And even if they are discovered, they still have to do the work. It’s not like, bam, they’re rich, famous, and successful because they decided to step out for donuts one day.
No, they have to show up for the hours of prep work. They have to smile on cue all day during the work itself. They have to make sure they don’t gain weight (and they probably have to lose some too) in order to keep on getting the work. They have to face rejection from people who decide they “aren’t right for the job”. They have to work to make sure that what money they do earn doesn’t fly out the window into the hands of unscrupulous people.
That word I keep using
Did you notice that word I keep using? It’s work. To wrench open the door to success, you’ve got to do the work.
Decide what you want to have happen, and do what it takes to get there — whether that’s finding a new job in a field that interests you, getting your money in order, or being a good parent.
Do more than just try
And and you can’t just give something a try and then shrug your shoulders if things don’t end up perfectly. “Oh well, I tried” isn’t saying much, unless you really, REALLY tried, for an exceedingly long period of time. And I don’t just mean sitting around talking about how you really want to succeed at something.
I’ve been saying for a long time that I want my Pay Off Debt app to really take off. But what have I done to actually help it succeed? Well, I’ve made an ad for it, which you can see in the right hand column here. I put it out to a few review sites. I asked folks if they would review it. And I started a web site about getting out of debt. That sounds like a lot, but realistically it’s not. I haven’t worked at it every. day. I haven’t tried everything I could. I haven’t even tried consistently. I’ve mostly whined. And whining will get you nowhere.
Change your habits
To really wrench open the door to success, you’ve got to change your habits. Think about what you did yesterday, and what you normally do each day. If there isn’t SOMETHING in each day that’s leading you toward where you want to be, you haven’t made success a habit yet.
And it’s got to be one. So figure out where you want to be, and then change things up so that you habitually work at getting there. That’s how you wrench open the door to success and step right on through.Posted in Success on 05.11.12 with 13 comments.