"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential"
Many start but very few actually continue their journey towards reaching their goals, plans, and outcomes that we hope to see. For example, many embark on the continuous fitness and personal development journey, especially at the beginning of each New Year. Typically, such journey last for two to three weeks at most. Why? Because, things get difficult and not as fun as they might have been at the beginning. So, many stop, and make plans to try again at a later time, which in most cases does not take place until beginning of the following year. What's missing here, in my opinion, is the continuous effort and never-give-up attitude.
" I know the price of success, dedication, hard work and unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen"
Determination, focus, and extreme desire to make a word a better place is what's driving and will continue to drive the change we see around us. It's not about wanting or hoping for things to change for a better some day, it's about us making that a priority in everything that we do every day, and not because someone expects us to do it, but because we want it for ourselves and those around us. Receiving a praise or acknowledgement from others is just an icing on the cake, not the goal. The cost of achieving success in life can be very high, so the main question that we must answer is - Am I fully committed to go after my dream, no matter how challenging it may be over time?
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity to act despite our fears"- John McCain
Lack of courage is what keeps many of us in our place. We see other people acting from what looks from our point of view as fearless, however, what we do not know about are all those internal battles that many of us are fighting before we can move past our fears and show others what are capable of. In many cases it encourages and motivates people to act and find courage and belief in their own strength and power.
"Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!"
Do you believe that you can, and will achieve success? You know that it will happen you just don't know when? That's great, because, knowing that you will achieve your goals and dreams in life is one of the main ingredients to crossing that finish line that we call 'success.' So, setting the right mindset is very important here. Saying that you plan of achieving something great is not the same as stating that you are achieving it now, and that is just a matter of time before everyone around you would be able to see your achievements and your success.
"We can achieve what we can conceive and believe" - Mark Twain
I strongly believe that people are capable of achieving amazing and grand things in life if they simply believe in their own abilities and exercise their unique strengths. If we believe in ourselves, we can achieve anything, and it can certainly works the other way around, which, unfortunately, happens more frequently than not. We often talk a lot about the things we want and can do, but we hardly ever back up our words and claims with taking action, and actually do that what we say we were going to do. After a period of time, many forget about what was said or promised, which allows us to put things on hold, just to get back to them sometime in the future.
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do"
Overcoming our own inner fears with which we've lived for many years is very difficult but not impossible. The reason why many of us stop trying is, because, we are not comfortable being outside of our comfort zone. It's much easier to keep things as status quo, be comfortable, even though we continue to live with our fears. If only we try and step outside of our comfort zone once in a while, I think many would be pleasantly surprised by opportunities that may be available for our professional and personal growth on the other side of fear.
"Success doesn't come to you, you go to it" - Marva Collins
Standing still and expecting for things to somehow change for a better, won't happen. We must seek and welcome change into our lives. If we hope to change and improve our lifestyle, career or our health, we must take necessary steps and make required changes to do so. For example, we can't say that we want to improve our health, without any excercising and without adjusting our diet to eat healthier meals every day. Same way, we can't achieve success by sitting on our couch watching tv every day, hoping for success to find us. Instead, we must create a plan of action and follow our set plan, working hard and overcoming any difficulty and any challenge on our path, and never ever give up.
"It takes time to create excellence. If it could be done quickly, more people would do it"
Many expect to achieve goals that we set almost immediately, and when patience threshold has been reached and exceeded, whatever it may be for each of us, most of the time we lose interest in whatever we were working towards and stop trying, which eventually leads to us giving up. What we don't realize is that it takes time to reach that what we hope to achieve. It takes patience, persistence and determination to keep on going even after we fail to reach our objective in terms of time that we've initially committed to. Have patience, as achievement of great things and objectives in life takes time and often a very long time.
"Just believe in yourself. Even if you don't, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will" = Venus Williams
Just like the power of goal-setting and visualizations, the concept of self-assurance and belief in one's own abilities, helps our very busy mind to focus on what's important to us, to remind us that we are strong and are capable of achieving great things in life. Certain things and goals may seem way out of our reach initially, however, all it is is a way for our mind to protect us and to keep us safe, mitigating any potential risks that we may be subjecting ourselves to. So, our mind will tell us to wait, don't try, remain status quo when our gut is telling us that we can do whatever we think about accomplishing and, therefore, must try. At the end of the day, we decide what we can or cannot do. The question is, are we willing to try and challenge the status quo?
"If you don't like what's being said, change the conversation" - Don Draper, Mad Men
We should be comfortable to change the course of any conversation if we do not like or agree with what is being said. We should be able to express our point of view and our concerns in a polite and professional manner as soon as we are able to do so. Other people may not be even aware that what is being said is not being received by everyone involved in the conversation, unless one notifies the group and provides recommendations and/or direction as an alternative, or asks to change the topic of the conversation. If we do not express our point off view and our concerns to others, we shouldn't expect for things to change