When you aim for success, you must commit yourself to reach it. Success means different things to each individual, but, in general, we have a good idea of what success can lead to. If you want to reach success, you must realize that a big portion of getting there is being mentally prepared.
After repeatedly reading biographies and watching television programs about successful people, one clearly obvious thing that all these people share is confidence.
Today, many people commonly misconstrue confidence as cockiness, and while for the most part these people could be right, it certainly can help to keep someone pushing for progress.
A person’s worst enemy can be themselves, and someone who doesn’t believe that they can succeed, in nearly every case, won’t. Others who constantly bring you down, tell you that something can’t be done, or are negative in general can easily ruin your success. I try to surround myself with those who motivate me to try harder, and it really does help—especially when you experience one of those days you wish you could take back.
Do know those people who say that will never fail? Well, to be successful, one must learn to accept failure, which can be extremely difficult for many. It is obvious as to why people should learn to do this: what happens when the plan, concept, design, event, or idea isn’t working out? Will that person continue to push on with that failing idea? Maybe give it a few more tries, but you would hope that this person would move on, right?
Some of the greatest minds in history knew when to set pride aside and move on to bigger and better things.
Take the time to evaluate your situation, and if there are better opportunities elsewhere, at the very least, take some time to consider the alternatives. The next best thing might actually be the solution to your problem(s).
Having Realistic Expectations
Realistic expectations can really help guide you to success. Having too high expectations can result in much disappointment and stress. On the contrary, having too little expectations can result in less motivation and progress. You must balance it out to push yourself but be satisfied with the results.
A Brutal Evaluation of Oneself
Finally, one of the best things any person can do to make progress in life is to be honest with yourself. Several people have said that the best thing they have done with their career is to be “brutally honest” while evaluating themselves, and it makes perfect sense. If you are 7’5”, you might not be the smartest person due to the countless times you’ve hit your head on solid objects that got in your way, but you might be an excellent candidate for a professional volleyball or basketball player! That would be playing to your strengths.
Someone who can acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses can build for their strengths and improve or avoid their weaknesses—this is very important, and it is a shame how people don’t do this.
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