"Don't take it from me!" You have heard it all a million times. Wake up early. Be punctual. Be organized. Set daily goals. Choose a career path. Create a plan and follow through. Chances are you already know everything you need to experience success. However, have you been a persistent, self disciplined, man or woman of action? There is no secret. Decide what you want. Choose not to settle for anything less. Most importantly, stay the course. Never give up.
Success is not rocket science. You can be successful in any industry. Success is a journey. It is not a material thing. It is not a destination. Success is a walk of life. Success is not to be confused with the rewards of success, which are material and non material (material things such as money, expensive clothes, cars, houses and non material things such as good health, a healthy marriage, well educated and disciplined children).There are many keys to success. These keys cannot be borrowed. They cannot be purchased. Two of the major keys to success are self-discipline and persistence. Although you can buy several books on self discipline, persistence, and other keys that manifest the rewards of success, reading books will only show you how to use keys that you already have. It is up to you to use these keys.
I personally refer to Persistence and Self Discipline as "The Golden Keys".
1. Refusing to give up or let go; persevering obstinately.
2. Insistently repetitive or continuous.
a persistent honking of car horns.
3. Existing or remaining in the same state for an indefinitely long time; enduring.
1. Training and control of oneself and one's conduct, usually for personal improvement.
These are not keys in which a simple turn will open a door. The road of success requires an insane amount of self discipline and persistence. Exercise and practice these keys religiously.
This is not a simple walk down the block. This is an excursion through the jungle of life. In the beginning there is no road. There are trees, dirt, rocks, animals, climate changes, and unknown surprises. Paths must be cut out with machetes. Resources must be rationed properly to meet each checkpoint. Mountains must be climbed. Dangerous animals are lurking around. Timelines are often difficult to reach. You may climb a mountain simply to find another mountain to be climbed.
Many days will be a struggle. There will be times where days will go by easily. However, always be alert. Always be prepared for challenges down the path. Business like life is cyclical. Things will not always be good. Things will not always be bad. Weather the storms. Be smart and store resources (cash, inventory) during times of abundance.
There are different levels in life. Each level is a more challenging jungle to journey through. If you have difficulty overcoming the adversities in your existing jungle, how do you intend to overcome the hard times in the more challenging atmospheres where there are greater rewards?
Do not be a complainer. Do not be a blamer. Find solutions to the problems that arise. Apply the solutions. Be a man or woman of action. Stay the course. Never give up. You will accomplish all of your goals.
written by: Chris Wiggins