As much as I love to go hiking with friends, I must confess that I sometimes find it very challenging and tiresome to complete, especially when the trails are not exactly straightforward. In spite of the difficulties sometimes encountered along the way, do you know the most interesting part of the experience? It is at the end of the journey, i.e. when you get back to where you initially started, after navigating the entire route. That feeling of accomplishment is indeed refreshing and exhilarating, that you almost soon forget about all the difficulties you encountered along the way. So, is the journey of success. More often than not, its trails are haphazard and ragged, and only the brave and persistent actually end up with something tangible.
I wish I could tell you that the journey to achieving success was easy, but unfortunately, it is not. The systems of the world are designed in such a way that nothing good actually comes easy. If you are passionate about becoming successful, then you must be persistent in going after what you truly desire, irrespective of the challenges and obstacles, that may present themselves to derail you.
Successful people are forceful in going after their dreams. They do not give in to defeat, neither do they accept refusals or rejections, because they have their gazes fixed at the end of the journey. Just like hiking through a convoluted route, successful people do not give up the race when faced with difficulties, but keep pushing, regardless of what they encounter on the way.
With that in mind, I will share 3 incredible secrets of truly successful people. If you imbibe these principles and live by them, I can assure you that sooner than you expected, you would have achieved that successful feat, that you have always dreamed and fantasized about. Now let’s dig in:
- Successful people have an unflinching belief in themselves and their convictions. Here is a quote from Norman Vincent Peale:
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your powers, you cannot be successful or happy.”- Norman Vincent Peale
The only person that can make your dream fail is you. You are responsible for making sure you either succeed or fail. Many of us like to blame others for our inadequacies or failures, forgetting that it is actually our own responsibilities. If you must become successful, then you must first believe that whatever it is you are trying to achieve, has the potentials of seeing the light of day, then you should do all within your capacity to see that it comes to fruition.
2. Successful people understand that the journey is not always smooth. Many of the Billionaires that we know in the world today, such as Jack Ma and Mark Zuckerberg, didn’t achieve success at one try on their ideas. They all experienced their own failures along their success journeys. But one thing that made them eventually achieve success, is that they were equipped with the information, that experiencing failures along the way, is a part of the successful journey. In the words of Michael Phelps:
“There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits.”- Michael Phelps
Not everyone will buy into your vision, and you are bound to make mistakes as you navigate the road towards success. Those experiences are meant to prepare you for the bigger prize at the end of the journey, not to pull you out of the race. A basic understanding of the fact that distractions in various forms would present to derail you from your journey, should make you better equipped to truly become successful.
3. Successful People do not ever give up, in spite of the challenges they encounter along the way. If you are serious about becoming successful, then you must never give up, because just when you think you can no longer handle the difficulties on the way, your breakthrough would come. Here is another inspiring quote to keep you motivated and focused on your journey,
“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”- Harriet Beecher Stow.
In wrapping this up, achieving success should be everyone’s dream, but unfortunately, not everyone ends up becoming successful. However, if you want to be listed among those described as successful, then you must believe in your abilities, continue to advance on your journey in spite of difficulties or challenges along the way, and you must hold fast to the end and never give up! It is possible!
To your continued success. Cheers!!!