Chasing Success – What I’ve learned so far
Narrowing your focus and concentrating your energies on one thing is the most important first step to take when chasing success. There are only so many hours in a day, so no matter how much of an over achiever you may be, you will eventually run out of fuel. Have a committed relationship with your career; try not to stray, stay faithful and loyal and the results will astound you.
Get comfortable with getting uncomfortable
Put yourself in situations that make you uncomfortable. Don’t hesitate to contact anyone, regardless of their position or how little you may know them. You will only succeed when you step out of your comfort zone and take risks. Sometimes they work, other times they won’t, but they are essential for growth.
Sometimes there will be objections and rejections and failures and a lot of other horrible things that make you feel as though you’ve hit rock bottom. Sometimes you will hit rock bottom. “Brick walls are there for a reason, they make you prove how badly you want something”. Don’t give in, don’t give up, don’t be a slave to circumstance. In the beginning there will be more downs than ups, but keep going and the tables will soon turn.
When you hit a wall, ask yourself, “what can I learn from this? What is this experience trying to teach me?” The answer will come, eventually, and it will enlighten you and teach you the kind of wisdom you could only learn from making mistakes. Every situation, whether good or bad, can teach us something about our work and ourselves.
Make it work
You can complain, but only if immediately afterwards you find a solution. Take an unproductive situation and make it productive, don’t let anything or anyone paralyze you to indecisiveness. Complaining about a situation rather than doing something to change it is like being hungry and not eating…the solution is simple if you focus on creating one.
Confidence and Pride
This is a tricky one. Have enough confidence in yourself and what you do in order to push forward, without letting your pride get in the way. Don’t sell yourself short but be flexible and open-minded. Make a list of 5 things you refuse to compromise on, and allow modifications and exceptions for everything else.
Dream and Believe
There’s nothing wrong with having your head in the clouds once in a while to dream about the life you want to lead. In fact, I encourage visualizing the kind of life you want to have and where you want to go with your career because it will excite you into action. Believe in your dreams and the life you imagine for yourself, no matter how unrealistic it may seem. “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.”
Now it’s time to get back to work!