Friend, I won’t tell you that the three things I’m going to share with you here, are the end all to ensuring you find success in your given endeavors, but I do feel confident in saying that without any of the three present, and at work in your life, you may as well not even try. Because if any of them are missing, the odds are you’re going to find yourself in that place that so many do — stuck in the land of “wishing, and hoping.”
Let me cut to the chase…
The essential ingredients to achieving the things you want are:
* The willingness to try — and get started.
* Taking “Right Action”.
If you thought to yourself, “well, duh!”, good then you’re a thinker, but you are also probably discounting just how important it is to give additional thought to the things themselves.
Keep in mind that I never said what I was going to talk about was rocket science, in fact, it is simple by design. Often, the things that can have the biggest difference in our lives are fairly simple. Yet, because life can be complex, we neglect (or create all sorts of reasons for ourselves) to do those simple things that if we only would do, would assure us of better results.
Let’s look at each of “the essential three” in more detail shall we?
1) The willingness to try — and get started. If I were to recount just how many people I hear from who allow themselves to get tripped up, and stuck at this point in the process it might astound you. It never ceases to amaze me, but suffice it to say it’s a way larger percentage of folks then it should be.
The reasons for this are many, and in the end, the specific reasons aren’t near as important as realizing that it doesn’t have to be this way. The solution, is found in changing the way in which we look at things. We see challenges, and because we can’t “fix it, or solve them” ourselves we let them grow bigger than they actually are. It’s as though we are too close to the problem to identify the often, simple solution to our given challenge, even though in most cases its right there to be seen if we could only see things from a different angle.
And because we can’t “see it” we neglect to actually ever get started on the given task, or project until we’ve got a “clear vision” for what is required to accomplish it. As a result, we wait, and wait, and wait — for the elusive “solution” or “game plan” that never seems to materialize. We will only allow ourselves to remain frustrated in this way for so long, before we find something else to divert our attention (be it consciously or subconsciously).
I can hear you saying, “Josh, that all sounds well and good, but what the heck do I do about it?” — that my friend is actually as simple as adopting an attitude of “Do it now — or as quickly as humanly possible.” Yes, it does sound overly simple, and that’s because it is.
With that said, make no mistake, it is also easy not to do, and because at the time of this writing modern technology hasn’t figured out an effective way to let me shrink down to a size where I would fit in your shirt pocket (not to mention multiply myself times the number of people who will read this article) you are going to have to commit to being the one that adopts this most important of attitudes. That’s right, ultimately no one can do it for you. While it’s true that others outside yourself can be your biggest cheerleader — when it is all said and done, you’ve got the “get off the pot” and take the necessary action. I hate to break it to you, but that’s the truth. If it’s to be, it’s up to you! (Not me, or anyone else).
Now get ready for some good news…
Magic begins to happen when you accept that it all begins with your willingness to get started — even if things aren’t completely clear, and every single step isn’t laid out for you before beginning. There’s a saying I love which states, “Leap and the net will appear”, or as I like to say, “for the person who leads with action, life has an incredible way of filling in the details.”
Develop the habit of shortening the amount of time it takes you to begin every idea you deem worthy of pursuing, as quickly as humanly possible and you’ll benefit immensely as a result of having done so. The specifics that are required will reveal themselves to you as you need them, and you will see greater opportunity unfold along the way.
2) Taking “Right Action”. Above we focused on the importance of taking action — getting started, and how important it was. Friend, it is incredibly important, and you may very well wonder why I’ve listed it twice. Actually, I haven’t. This step is “right action” — and you may think there’s little difference, but there actually is, and the distinction is an important one to grasp.
It’s important to grasp the difference between, “action” and “right action”. You have to understand that it is absolutely possible to take the wrong actions. And contrary to popular opinion practice does not always make perfect. Particularly when we happen to be practicing the wrong thing. So for this reason we have to always ensure that the actions we’re taking will actually move us closer to our intended destination. It is as simple as that.
Don’t simply scan through this part of the lesson. Read it a few times if need be, but absolutely understand that making sure you’re taking the “right steps and actions” is necessary to attain whatever goal you have for yourself. For example, if you aspire to pass a test, and in order to pass the particular test there’s a clear set of questions you must answer, no amount of effort, while supplying the wrong answers to the questions is going to yield the result you’re after. It really is as simple as that.
3) Consistency. So assuming we have the first 2 items in check, and I hope you do because they are important, it’s time we touch on the importance of consistency.
Being able to remain consistent is important for a host of reasons. for one thing there are very few instances where you’re going to experience “overnight success”, or anything even remotely resembling such. Therefore, if you want to experience the feeling of success for having achieved the goal you’re pursuing you’re going to have to develop perseverance and the ability to stick to it to see things through.
Friend, countless people, some with limited ability have experienced the heights of success because they fully grasped the importance of consistency and practiced it without fail.
In summary, by creating habits around the ideas shared above — truly you can create the life you want and experience greater fulfillment. As you do keep clearly in mind that life is a journey, at times it’s got its ups and downs but always meant to be lived fully, to the best we can.
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