Endure Your Journey
Success is a climb. It’s a journey. It’s lifelong and built with undulating and unpredictable ups and downs. Success is always built upon risk, change, and personal development. The journey teaches you to cope with failure. You learn to get up anyway, and to push onward towards your dreams. Many start their journey with pie-in-the-sky, smooth-road ideals, yet, success is rarely, if ever, that type of journey. If you want to succeed you must have the resilience to face the inevitable.
Success is the fuel of life, it’s an enabler, a renewable resource and our prize to be claimed. It does not come through chance, it’s earned through hard work but every one of us can craft a life of enduring success. A life in which you continually grow and build from one success to another, in a never-ending journey of fulfilment.
In the business of success there are two types of people – the one-hit-wonders who enjoy short-term success and those who achieve enduring success that sustains them for life. The person who holds the belief that they already have what it takes to be succesful and that they already know what they need to know, approach success from a limited and closed mind. They avoid change, have difficulty accepting advice or criticism and sidestep personal growth. This type of person can climb (or bully) their way to the top but their long-term success does not prove to be sustaining. To achieve enduring success, adopt the mindset that success is determined by how much you grow and develop. You have to believe that the more you learn, the more successful you have the opportunity to become.
Stay in your own lane. The path you have to go in life is your path! Don’t follow others. Now don’t misunderstand me here, I think it is important to be inspired by others and draw similarities and new ideas, but you must find your own way to run, your own way to success. If we are not careful, we can unconsciously be following someone else’s agenda for our lives. This usually happens because we are unwilling to take responsibility for our own lives.
There are different roads for everyone, that’s why we’re all born different and we have different personalities. Each of us has our own story, you just need to have the courage to write it.
Define YOURSELF on your own terms. Who do you want to be? Stripped of all expectations, you can choose what you want to create. And if what you’re currently doing isn’t cracking you open and lighting you up, then you aren’t the person for that job. Because ultimately, becoming your true self is your life’s purpose.
Defining success on your own terms allows you to ignore the standard one-size-fits all approach and live from a place of truth and knowing. It allows you to embrace your genius instead of hiding from it, thinking that success can only look a certain way. When challenged, you’ll have a fluid definition of success that will be true for you and not dependent on external situations that could make or break you. You won’t be at the mercy of life’s ups and downs, because your happiness won’t depend on anything external. And isn’t that really what success is all about?
Success is a process, not an event. Set your mind to the readiness to make mistakes and to experience great challenge. These times will prove to be your greatest gifts. If you are wrong, you will likely be corrected. Take this in because it is an opportunity to learn and to do better the next time. Each time you are corrected and you adjust your approach you are directly increasing your intelligence and trajectory for success. Each time you do not know the answer to something and you ask for assistance you are gaining the knowledge necessary to promote yourself forward.
Mistakes help you to adapt, grow, change, and become more knowledgeable and efficient. They help you to discover who you are through the learning of who you do not want to be. They teach you to forgive, to let go of fears, to live life without regrets, to evolve and grow. They teach you resilience. Success is largely built upon your ability to be humble and learn from your mistakes.
Ultimately….we must dare to be great!
I will leave you with a speech that Teddy Roosevelt gave in 1910
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
To Your Success!
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