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Everyone wants success but is it for everyone? Experts will tell you that anyone can be successful at anything they want only if they put their mind to it. But is that how success works? Is it really that simple?
If anything, success comes at a cost. Most people never become successful because they’re not willing to pay the price of success. It’s a choice they have to make where they have to step out of the box, make some changes to their existing lifestyle, drop old habits and pick up new ones and invest effort, attitude and morale to keep things going.
But if you’re willing to learn and transform yourself in all the right areas, then success is definitely for you. So to find out how you can do that, let’s get reading.
Set Big Goals
If you’re going to set yourself up for success in life, then you need to set some mighty meaningful goals for yourself. So as a starting point, the first and foremost thing to remember on the journey of personal success is a positive attitude towards everything.
If you fail once, brush up your knees and get back out there. If you get rejected the first time, better yourself with a positive outlook, prove yourself instead of bringing yourself down with negativity. Tell yourself through every obstacle and hardship, 'I did not come this far, to ONLY come this far'. No success is achieved overnight, no mountain is climbed without a few falls or two. If others can put up a fight to achieve personal success despite countless hardships, so can you.
Better To Aim High And Miss, Than To Aim Low And Achieve
It’s always better to aim high, even if you don’t succeed at first. When you aim big, you dream big, and tell yourself that you stand a chance against all odds.
The problem with setting lower standards is that the lower you set your aim, the more you confine yourself. You miss more chances and more of your abilities are left unknown. Likewise, more of your will goes without a test.
Where you could achieve the stars, your low aim of never going that high will hold you back. No matter how many people look down on you and doubt your capability, it’s your own personal belief, unwavering resilience and ambitions that lead you to achieving your ultimate dream. But the moment you start to doubt yourself, the moment you decide you can’t aim higher for the fear of failure, is when your downfall begins.
With a higher aim, you may miss at first, or, you may make it on your first try. Take your chances; a leap of faith in yourself. The higher you aim, the more you achieve. Even if you fall short of your goal, you won’t end up too far from it.
Just think of achieving a good score on a test. If you aim low at getting 50% mark on the test, you might be successful and achieve that. But that’s all it will be; an average and low achievement. If you aim higher at getting 90%, you may miss and hit an 80, which is still higher and so much better than the low set aim of a 50%. The same goes for all tests and trials life puts you through.
Set Purpose Driven Goals
When setting goals, you need to think about how to achieve them, what you need to do to achieve them, and how much time you need to get there. But the real driving force that’ll actually make you sweat for any goal is WHY you need to achieve that goal.
Why is it a priority?
Why is it so important?
Setting goals is easy. Just think of drawing up a new year's resolution. Everyone does that every year and has been doing it forever. So much so that it’s become a mere habit and nothing much else. But what people don’t do is pause to think over the goal and question “Why?” Inevitably, without this driving force they soon forget all about it.
As such, it’s important to not merely set goals, but set purpose driven goals instead. For example, you may well be thinking of hitting the gym, working out and getting yourself in shape. With just this in mind, you set a goal in your new year's resolution to work out every day. You do it the first day and the second, and then something comes up on the third. Then you end up skipping the fourth day because you lose the momentum and get lazier. In the end, you achieve nothing and set the same goal for next year’s resolution.
On the other hand, an obese person on the verge of getting diabetes and a possible heart attack is told by the doctor he needs to work out and lose weight really soon if he still wants a chance at a healthy life, or maybe just life. This is his 'Why'. This is why he won’t skip the third or fourth day no matter what comes up. This is why he will achieve his goal with more determination.