It all begins with setting clear goals. Knowing what you want along with a rough idea of the time frame in which you want to accomplish those wants is where success begins. No one stumbles into success. Without clearly defined goals even winning the lottery will lead to failure as the bankruptcy rates for lottery winners seem to indicate. We’ve managed to create a society in the United States where success is demonized and those who acquire it are viewed as the bad guys. Lines continue to form for hand-outs and entitlement programs. We’ve more than doubled the ranks on government assistance in the past 8 years, and the news is littered with stories on just how little the rich and successful do for those less fortunate.
Those who don’t succeed often whine about the who, the how, and the what. Who prevented them from succeeding how they were derailed from success, and what’s missing from the system that if there would enable them to succeed. These folks just don’t seem to get it. They must have slept through history class…not just ours but civilizations across the globe. Remember the caveman wasn’t born with fire or a wheel. It took thought, vision, hard work and persistence. Our country was founded on the basic principle that anyone willing to work hard while applying their God-given talents could succeed. We never guaranteed success…only a chance at it.
People who complain about success will never attain it. I’d propose that the biggest reason they will not achieve success is that they haven’t taken the time to identify what success is. They simply look at the material things that they associate with success. They have no idea what is required to obtain those things, they see only the after-results. Whether it’s a heart surgeon, a mutual fund manager, a business owner, or a school teacher, those who are successful have a clear idea of what success means to them and for most it’s never about the money or stuff. It is however always about the personal accomplishment, achievement and having the ability to say “I did it.” That alone defines success. You know, Frank Sinatra got it right in his song My Way, more people should listen to it.
So if you’re feeling low and not sure where you’re headed remember it’s up to you. You have to think about what you want. You have to answer the question how hard you’re willing to work to get it.. You have to be willing to put the time in. You have to take complete responsibility and accountability for your successes and failures. Once you do that success will find its way into your life.