Some people believe in magic. But, I do not. Because, while working consistently in the past decade, I have discovered a unique pattern of achieving success.
And that is, nothing good comes easy.
If you want to become successful, then you must be ready to put in the smart work, deprive yourself of some unnecessary pleasures (including oversleeping), and continue to stay focused and consistent with your goals.
I took a professional licensing exam and performed way below my expectations. It wasn’t like I hadn’t prepared for this exam. I had, but I guess I hadn’t prepared well enough.
I had too many things going on in my life at the time. I had just had a baby, coupled with some other academic and professional commitments. Thus, I hadn’t given that challenge my best shot, and so got the result that was commensurate with the amount of preparation I had put in.
At that time, I sure would have needed a genie to help me excel, regardless of my level of preparation.
Because, not only did registering to take the exam cost so much, but the consequences of not performing too brilliantly were much graver than the money I had supposedly ‘lost’.
As humans, what could be better than having our goals met without putting in the effort that is required?
What could be more fulfilling than waking up to find that we have all turned out successful without giving up anything (time, sleep, vacations, etc.) in return?
Sometimes, I wish things were that easy. But, I know they are not. Because, in order to get to that height of success we desire, we must be ready to show our commitment to the cause.
We must be ready to give something, in order to get something in return. We must be ready to show to the genie that we have done all the groundwork to become successful before our requests are granted.
If you think becoming successful is hard, try failure.
Let me tell you, failure stinks. And stinks very bad.
Failure can depreciate you, make you lose your self-esteem and overall make you feel less than you are worth.
Failing while trying to walk your way up towards success is not the problem. But choosing to remain in that place of failure due to shame or self-defeat is.
When you fail at what you are pursuing, rather than waste valuable time beating yourself up and waiting for some form of magic to happen, it’s better you pick yourself up and get back running on the tracks.
In order to become successful, you must remain focused on the end game, and keep going until you get the results you desire.
For me, I learned three valuable life lessons from that my near-failure experience:
- When setting out to achieve your goal, adequate preparation is key. If you fail to prepare adequately, don’t expect a genie to give you the magic you did not work for.
- Distractions are a great way to veer us off the road towards success. And these distractions include anything from social media to friends, worldly pleasures or even unnecessary sleep. After that experience, I have learned to turn off all social media platforms while working on very important goals in my life.
- Time wasted can never be regained. After my disappointing performance, I wasted valuable time thinking about the things I could have done differently. I spent my time rationalizing over what could have been or been not. Instead of picking myself up quickly and getting back on course.
So, yes, even if you believe in magic, you still need to get done the things that need to be done, in order for the genie to grant you your wishes!
All the very best,
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