SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE HAVE A CLEAR VISION FOR THEIR LIVES
One of the biggest mistakes people make is to live their lives without a clear vision of what they want out of life. Successful people have a mental picture of the direction they want their lives to go. To get somewhere, you need to know where you are going . Your vision also has to be broken down into long term and short term goals. (What do I want to achieve in the next six months, 1 year, 5 years, 10 years etc.)
‘Where there is no vision, there is no hope.’ George Washington Carver
Having a clear vision keeps you focused in life and also affects your choices: the kind of friends you keep, the kind of course you study at school, the career you choose and even the kind of person you marry. People who have no clear vision for their lives end up as mediocre or failures.
SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE TAKE ACTION /AVOID PROCRASTINATION
Having a vision alone is never enough. It is action that will make your dreams come true. The most successful people in the world are those who take action every single day. A dream without action is mere wishful thinking. What brings results is action. For example; a student that wants to graduate with flying colors cannot just wish it but must take action by attending lectures, taking notes, researching and reading smart/hard.
‘The path to success is to take massive, determined action.’ Tony Robbins
Procrastination is the loser’s game. The more we put off things, the more opportunities we lose. Make up your mind today that going forward, you will be action oriented.
‘Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.’ Victor Kiam
SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ARE DISCIPLINED AND COMMITTED TO THEIR GOALS
A common attribute of failures is indiscipline. They make decisions but don’t stick to them. You cannot achieve success without discipline.
‘Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.’ Jim Rohn
Successful people are committed to their goals .This is where people often fail. A man who wants to lose weight must stick to his diet and exercise regime as long as it will take him to reach his desired body weight. Always keep your goals in sight. Motivate yourself to stay committed by always bearing in mind what you stand to benefit by meeting your goals and what you stand to lose by not meeting them.
‘There’s no abiding success without commitment. ‘Tony Robbins
SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DO NOT TOLERATE MEDIOCRITY AND ALWAYS STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE
Successful people do not tolerate mediocrity. They set high standards and do not settle for less. Neither do they keep mediocre people as friends.
‘The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.’ William Arthur Ward
Successful people always thrive for excellence; they strive to be the best in whatever they do. To excel requires you to do than an average person will do. As a student, it will require you to read / research more than an average student, as an athlete it will require you to train harder than an average athlete. As an employee, it will require you to work harder/smarter than an average employee. There are no short cuts.
‘If you deliver excellence right now; that gives you the best shot at the best future you’ve got coming. ‘Robert Forster
You are responsible for what you become in life. Success or failure: the choice is yours. No excuses.
‘Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.’ Charles R. Swindoll
You have only one shot at life. Make it count.
Written by Aguolu Kenechukwu an Abuja Based Motivational Speaker.