It’s hard to fail but it’s worse never to have tried to succeed.
- Theodore Roosevelt
If you want something but never try to actually achieve it then you don’t actually want it. You can tell me you want it all day but until you show me the results, I won’t believe you.
Actions speak louder than words so take action instead of wasting your breath.
As much as I want everyone I help to succeed, I know some of them will fail. It’s not because they can’t succeed or I can’t help them. It’s because they just don’t want to succeed. They make excuses or set themselves up for failure from the start.
Most people can tell you how they can achieve what they want but few ever do. They’ll talk your ear off about how much they truly want something then never even make an attempt at it.
Having the inclination to do something with your life doesn’t mean you’re going to do it so how do you actually do it?
Simple! Visualize. Plan. Grind. Achieve.
Four steps that anyone can follow to help anyone foster the mindset of success.
It’s not easy, it takes a lot of practice and determination to succeed at anything.
How bad do you want it?
How could you get it?
What would it mean if you had it?
How long would it take?
Do you really want it?
When visualizing something you want you need to ask yourself the hard-hitting questions. Actually determine if you want this or if it’s one of those “well, it would be nice” kind of things.
If you ask the hard-hitting and deep questions early on it will help you to realize if this is something you truly want. It will also determine how tangible it is which helps you determine how long it will take to achieve.
This is a great way to not be instantly disappointed when your goal doesn’t happen in the short term. Some goals can happen short term but a lot tend to take months and years to achieve.
If you don’t have a road map for the things you want in life then you’ll struggle to predict how long it will take to get there. It will also be difficult to take the needed steps which can leave you frustrated.
Give yourself a solid foundation for achieving your goals by creating a plan to go by. Look at your plan every day and try to make progress towards what it is you want.
Let’s say you want to be a writer. This is the career you know you’re meant for so what’s the plan to achieve it?
- Set a writing goal for yourself every day and try to reach it — 750–1400 words daily to start
- Learn online. Take classes on Skillshare, learn on YouTube, or read Medium articles.
- Read everything you can. Articles, books, essays, research papers, and whatever else interests you.
- Look for work. There are tons of jobs for freelance writers that make good money
- Start a book and keep a daily book goal. Something like 1,000 words a day is good
- Reach out to publishers with your book
You need some form of a road map. It can be broad like the example. I like having more details. I write in a journal every day, have a list of articles that I write every other day, and write a specific amount for my book.
Having a plan keeps me from feeling frustrated and like I’m not achieving my goal quick enough. It’s about the journey, not the destination. I’m in a great place right now; that’s what matters.
Once you’ve planned how to succeed and reach your goals it’s time to take action and actually start the journey. It will take time to achieve and that’s why you planned. The best thing you can do is work toward your goals every day. Learn something new every day. Practice every day. Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way.
Few success stories come in the get rich quick format. Truth is, you’re going to have to grind for your success. It’s not going to fall in your lap. It won’t come easily. It’s not meant to. You’re going to have to spend the time to make your success story a reality.
The only person who can put in the time and work to make you a success is you. Stop waiting for the “right time.” The right time is now. Start working toward your goals and don’t stop until you’ve achieved them. Then when you have achieved them work just as hard to keep your goals.
So start the grind and don’t look back.
Huh, so you did it? Impressive!
Well, now that you’ve achieved what you wanted it’s time to keep on keeping on. Just because you met your goal doesn’t mean you get to stop. It means you keep doing what got you there. Keep learning every day. Keep practicing every day.
If your goal was to become ‘good’ your new goal is to become ‘great’. Always work on becoming a better you and honing your skills.
When you stop learning and stop practicing that’s when you start becoming less useful. Your skill fades into the pool of others who are content in their current success. Don’t be like that.
Wrapping It Up
If you follow this ideology you will be successful. You will create a mindset of success within yourself. It takes practice and determination but anyone can do it. Keep working toward what you want and don’t let anything stand in your way. You’ll get there.
What tips do you have for people trying to reach their goals? What do you want to have success with? Let me know in the responses