Why are some people more successful than others? Is it just that some people get all the luck and that’s just the way it is? Or is there more to it? Gary Player the famous golfer once said, “The harder I work, the luckier I get” and I think this statement has a lot of truth to it. I believe that success is a mindset and if I’m right, then that means that anyone can achieve it.
If you listen carefully to people you will notice that they become very adept at providing reasons for their ‘bad luck’. It’s the upbringing, the schooling, the boss, the partner and many other reasons including the fact that there are not enough hours in the day (eh?). I’m of the opinion that these limiting beliefs are a way of avoiding the simple truth; some people just don’t want it enough. It’s a lot easier to sit in your lazyboy chair and proclaim to the world that you didn’t get the breaks, than it is to get up and do something about it.
Now I’m not saying that everyone should want to be the best at everything they do, but I do think that those people who decide to live life in the slow lane forego their right to complain about it. If you really care that much then it’s up to you to change things.
So for those people that want to get out of the rut and move on in life, I’ve put together ten rules. If you follow them, I see no reason why success shouldn’t follow.
1. Nobody else is to blame for the way you are. Those things that happen to you (good or bad) simply create choices. You are a product of your own making.
2. The world owes you nothing. If you want the stars, buy your own ladder and climb. Nobody will give you a leg-up.
3. Thinking is not doing. Good luck rarely comes to the inactive. Hard work is a dream-maker.
4. Failure is progress. Every mistake is a step closer to success, as long as you learn from it.
5. Focus on the important things in life. If you spend too long worrying about the small things, that’s all you’ll end up with.
6. Take pride in what you do. There’s no shame in thinking positively about yourself. If you don’t love you, nobody else will.
7. Celebrate success. If it goes right, shout it from the roof-tops. You can learn from good stuff too.
8. Take what works and build on it. If you find success in one area, model it and apply the learning to other areas.
9. Stick with it. There will be moments when it all seems too much like hard work, that’s when you’re getting closer.
10. Share your success with others, there’s enough to go around. Successful people work together and build winning relationships.
There you have it, ten simple steps to achieving your dreams. So stop looking for reasons not to succeed and start working towards your goals. I’ve never once heard an elderly person complain about the things they did in life, but I’ve heard a few regrets about the things they didn’t.