“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” Chris Grosser.
From experience I can say that being successful is an ongoing balancing act. It’s not one of those things that just happens – like the common cold and growing old (hey, that rhymes!).
No, success is much more evasive!
If you want success you have to earn it. Maybe you want more money, more connections, more acres of land or other things. But you’re stuck. Why is that, you ask?
Birds of a feather…
Flock together. If you want to do greater things in life you have to let some people go. This might include: family members and your best friend. The person you need to let go of the most? The old you!
…because everyone else is doing it
This is a bad reason to do anything. Once you figure out where you want to end up in life the best thing to do is make a plan that works for you. The path that led someone else to success might not be the way for you to go.
You know it all
Well not really – but you think you do. Reaching your full potential requires you to keep learning and trying new things. Keep in mind that learning can come in many forms and from many different people. You might be inspired by someone younger than you or learn an interesting fact from a TV program.
Diagnosis: “Yes” Syndrome
Are you that person who commits to each event that you’re invited to?
Are you that person who constantly indulges in the urge to shop?
Do you spend your weekends catching up with shows on Netflix or DVR?
When you say “yes” to all things recreational, there’s no time to pursue your master plan. If you grew up in the 90’s, you have to remember Pinky and the Brain (a segment of Warner Brothers’ ‘Animaniacs’). At the closing scene of each episode, Pinky and the Brain always had the exact same dialogue.
Classic! The takeaway here is that Brain was diligent. He tried to take over the world every night, no matter what. Be that relentless with your own goals in life.
BOTTOM LINE: success will not come overnight. Or next month. It may not even come next year. But if you put a plan in place and follow it with action, success will come.