Everyone’s potential is limitless, especially now that most of the world is connected to the internet, so what’s holding you back? We all have excuses for our lack of success, we are constantly saying things like, “Life got in the way,” or “I can’t handle anymore rejection.”
The good news is that we always have a choice to move past the excuses.
Here are 5 secrets that have helped millions reach and even blow past their goals;
1. Dream Big
What is your vision for the future? What do you want to accomplish? What do you want to see happen in the world? Having a dream – even if it’s slightly vague – is crucial for success. Before you can start your journey, you must have a destination…or a purpose.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis
2. Make a Road Map and Prepared To Take Detours
It is often said that success is where preparation and opportunity meet. Focused preparation and planning is always key to success.
What steps do you need to take to get where you want to be? Who do you need to know? What skills do you need to have?
Our initial focus is often blurry, however, so it’s crucial that we’re able to adapt and change. Think of unexpected ‘problems’ and discoveries as detours. They’re not a huge deal as long as you figure out how to get back on the main road!
3. Be Extremely Curious
Foster a deep fascination with whatever it is you’re working on. Learn as much as you can about every detail of your industry, the people, the culture, and those who have succeeded…and failed in the past. You need to want to be consumed by it. Understand the problems and be excited about finding solutions.
When Larry King began his radio career, he was always hungry to learn more. In addition to doing his own show, he did the weather reports, the sports updates, and the news broadcasts. He even volunteered to fill in in for people who were out sick, and took on double shifts.
He wanted to learn as much as he could. He wanted to practice. He wanted to be the best at what he did. The only way to do that was to explore and go above and beyond what was asked of him. He called it “taking extra batting practice.”
4. Be Confident
Have deep confidence in yourself and your abilities. Always reject negativity, bitterness, and doubting.
Focus on the task at hand and have to have a deep-seeded belief that you will make it. For actress Jennifer Lawrence, the confidence came at a young age.
“I always knew that I was going to be famous,” she told Vogue. “I used to lie in bed and wonder: ‘Am I going to be a local TV person? Am I going to be a motivational speaker?’ It wasn’t a vision. But as it’s kind of happening, you have this buried understanding: Of course.”
5. Know That Failure is Education
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
The word “quit” must be removed from your vocabulary. In the end, you don’t succeed because you don’t fail; you succeed because you don’t give up. The second you quit, you lose.
Michael Jordan famously said, “I’ve failed over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.” He succeeded because he didn’t let his failures discourage him to the point of quitting. He realized his failures were only minor setbacks, and he learned from every one of them.