Success is not easily attainable. You need a strong dosage of courage and boldness to reach it. You also need intelligence and commitment to set powerful, meaningful life goals, and patience to let all of the magic happen. There is no “key to success,” as many people might say. There’s only one way you can conquer this world and achieve your goals: self-confidence and honesty.
In order to be good at something, you must first be honest with you, and see where you stand. Are you on the bottom end? Are you on the top end? How would you describe your results compared to other peoples’? After you’ve answered that question, next step is working towards your self-confidence.
Accept what you should improve, and be bold enough to keep your head up no matter the circumstances. If you don’t see any tangible results after a while, don’t give up. It’s your goal, it’s your life. Make the best out of it.
Here are some ideas on how to climb the success ladder in less than 10 years. No jokes, I promise. Just (painful?) truths.
1. Not All People Are Successful
As I’ve warned you, I am going, to be honest with you. Most of the people you talk to, listen to, and care about won’t be successful. They might talk a lot about life goals, plans, and strategies, but they will get lost in the process. Their plans will disappear once they hit reality. They will understand that in the real world, you must provide in order to survive, and give out more than you can take.
For most people, that is a bummer. Such a bummer that most of them give up. They stop trying, and they blame it on society. They become “disappointed with life,” and lose it. They can’t evolve anymore because they need to survive – and in order to survive, they need to provide.
I am giving you this honest truth so you know what to expect. 95% of the people around you aren’t going to be successful. You might. But you must first understand how to join the 5%.
2. Keep Your Head in The Game
There are many things to remember if you want to reach success – but the first one is always the crucial one. Keep your head in the game! No matter how many difficulties you might go through, no matter how much you suffer, no matter how stressed out you are, you have to keep going. How to start:
- Focus on your daily tasks
- Don’t let people distract you. If they do, avoid any contact you have with them while you work
- Be persistent
- Face your fears
- Let go of negative thoughts and emotions
- Push, push, push
3. There Will Be Hard Times
You already know this, but it’s true. There will be hard times, but they shall pass. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by negative thinking and too many worries. Keep your head in the game, concentrate on your work, and from time to time, don’t forget to have some fun. There is no way you’ll be able to survive hard times by staying in your bed and watching Netflix alone.
Go out, meet new people, socialize, find new connections, expand your friends’ circle – you need that as a human! But then always come back to your work! Hard times will pass, but your success rate has to stay constant, or improve. Most people get lost in this part of the process. These life obstacles overwhelm them deeply, and they can’t find the courage to stand up again. Don’t be one of these people. Stand up and fight.
4. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Being comfortable feels nice and cozy, but is it really good for you? Think about it. If you spend your entire life in a “normal,” regular setting, are you going to evolve? Are you going to be exposed to unusual situations? Are you going to learn from your experiences? Probably not. That’s why you must get out of your comfort zone.
One of my best friends once told me: “Experiencing failure and discomfort is crucial in the process of reaching success. I saw that in myself. Becoming one of the best professional writers online was not an easy job, but I made it – of course, after endless tries.”
“There are so many things to learn, see, face, accomplish, that you can’t run away from all of them – and you shouldn’t,” she continued. “I am not sure how you define success, but we can surely agree that success means evolution, doesn’t it?”
That’s when I thought: “Well.. how am I going to evolve without the necessary setting?” And guess what I did? I got out of my comfort zone. I left home and started a completely new life on my own.
Take your first step. Do that now. Start your journey. Every small step counts.
5. Give Up on Distractions
If there are things or people in your life that you find distracting, it’s time to kiss them goodbye. If you’ve decided to be part of the top 5%, there is no way you can let others steal your dream. Ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, bad parents, awful friends – they need to go away and leave space for the good things that will follow.
Side Note: There is one more thing I would like to add. It’s not a principle per se, it’s more like a life advice. Don’t make success only about the money. In the short term, money might bring happiness and joy, but in the long term, there is more to life than that. Find your passions and develop them into something special – that is the only way you can truly reach success.
Amanda Johnson is a content manager from San Francisco.
She loves writing about marketing, self-development, and education. Amanda has two dogs.
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