“Success has to do with deliberate practice. Practice must be focused, determined, and in an environment where there’s feedback.”— Malcolm Gladwell
Success doesn’t happen by chance; it is deliberate; it doesn’t yield to wishful thinking. Wishing to be successful without the corresponding action wont make it happen; it definitely won’t.
The old Scottish proverb, “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride” still hold true today. If wishing could make things happen, then even the most destitute people would have everything they wanted. Success, therefore, requires hard work and deliberate attention (the kind you give to someone you care about deeply).
Here are tips to help you achieve success deliberately;
Make up your mind
To be successful, you have to make up your mind. I established earlier that success is deliberate; therefore, you have to feel the need to be successful. It has to be a personal decision and not what someone suggest. When you make up your mind to be successful, it forces you to follow thought patterns that lead to incredibly productive habits. These habits becomes your identity.
“Distractions destroy action. If it’s not moving you towards your purpose, leave it alone.”– Jermaine Riley
If you must succeed, you must shut out all distractions; shut out everything that interferes with you goal. In todays interconnected world, distractions comes from myriad of places; its no wonder why many people don’t achieve any significant success.
To reach your true potential, you have to be disciplined enough to shut out distractions. Successful people are those who have learnt the art of shutting out the world.
Your belief is capable of affecting the quality of your work, relationship and ultimately your life. Whether you like it or not, your beliefs are capable of robing you of your happiness and accomplishment. To become successful in any endeavor you must overcome limiting beliefs by evaluating and examining your thoughts. You need to look within yourself to ascertain what is dictating your beliefs.
Self-belief guides and influences your behavior and subsequently, your accomplishments; It is so powerful that it is capable of influencing your decision on the career you seek and ultimately what you accomplish. It is the guiding principle that governs your capabilities, how you direct your energy and the outcomes you expect as a result of your efforts.
To be successful you must believe in your abilities; self-belief is crucial in learning as well as in determining your progress. Stop dwelling on your inabilities; it is rather important to identify them as weaknesses then work towards converting them to strengths; one weakness at a time.
Taking responsibility will give you the leverage of making crucial and positive changes in and with your life. Learn to hold yourself accountable for your actions and inactions. Successful people do not make excuses. They do not find the easy way out. When you make excuses, you tend to remain a mediocre. Successful people do not blame others for their actions; they take responsibility.
Taking responsibility allows you to to respond to challenges knowing that you are responsible for the direction you paddle your canoe.
In my opinion, there is nothing like no-action; whether you decide to act or not, you’ve definitely acted. The canoe analogy used earlier shows that if you do not paddle your canoe to the direction you want, you will continually drift in the direction of the wind.
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.– Jimmy Dean
If your goal is to be successful, take actions that will lead you to the fulfilment of your goals.
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