Two Controllable Success Factors
If you are looking for the Holy Grail of success, you will not find it here. Success is not an event, but a dedicated process of activities that compound toward the desired goal. There are no easy roads to success, each person has to invest their own energy and strategies to make it work. You can shorten the process by learning what others have done to succeed. This can be achieved by reading, interviewing a person of the same field, YouTube or scouring the internet for resources and ideas.
The best part of any success journey is the beginning and end. The beginning is filled with excitement to fuel your ambition and passion. The end is heading toward the conclusion and you can feel the payoff.
The toughest part of any success journey is the middle section or as I refer to as the work. This is where you are going to see if you have what it takes to make your dream come true. You will be tested in ways you never knew. You will want to quit at some point and some of you reading this will quit. This is true when the REAL journey begins. Your journey will be full of obstacles and roadblocks that will discourage you and question your dream. There are many factors to success but the two most tested success factors will be your attitude and effort. These are the only two things you can truly control during your quest for greatness. You have the ability to think any way you want and choose what you will do.
Attitude and effort go hand in hand. They are married success factors.
Let me explain. When your attitude is up, your effort goes up and when your effort is up, your attitude follows suit. Conversely, the opposite is true. When your attitude is down, your effort goes down and when your effort is down, your attitude follows. Your journey of success will heavily test both of these success factors, but you can prepare to not let it affect you.
Protect Your Attitude:
- See the Finish: Have a picture of what it will look like when you reach your completed goal. Keep this vision by you when you have a bad day to remind you of what you are working toward.
- Quote a Quote: Quotes are great because they remind you that others have gone through what you are experiencing. A good quote is like a shot of B12 in the middle of the day. It can help you reach the end of that day and prepare you for the next one.
- Speed Dial: Have a mentor, friend or family member on speed dial for when you need that push or just assurance. When you question if you are doing the right thing or ready to quit, lean on this person. Make sure they believe in you or your goal; otherwise this will be a nightmare.
Control Your Effort:
- Have A Plan: If you do not have a plan, it is much easier to get off course and ultimately fail. The plan is designed to help make sure you are applying the right effort. When your effort is misdirected it can be frustrating. Make sure you let your plan be fluid and not in concrete.
- Go To Your Happy Place: When you are in an effort lull, do something you love. It will help your attitude and also help you get closer to your goal. It can be the right medicine for what is ailing your effort.
- Take A Break: If you are going after your goal hard, you will get tired. Take a break and do something different. Allowing your mind to rest will give you a rejuvenated attitude. Many times in moments of rest, you will have a breakthrough idea or thought. Remember, your effort is just as much mental as it is physical.
Final Thought: Don’t be stubborn. The key to success is being prepared and aware that your attitude or effort may need a tune-up. You want to be prepared for those moments and smart enough to have a solution ready to get yourself back on track.