Many of us are victims of wishful thinking, we foresee a time of reduced struggle and wish to be there. We complain and plead victim to unfortunate circumstance, but wish for success. This thought process although easy can be to our detriment. It is important to embrace one’s current situation and work towards gradually improving. Embrace the struggle and you will prosper.
There is a reason why there are hundred million dollar lottery contests and huge casinos they all tempt us with success and fortune today. Very often the truth is the opposite, people lose more than they win and tie their main sources of success to luck. Instead of believing in your hard work and decision-making process.
Embrace the struggle
The key is to embrace it all, put your full effort into everything you are involved in and create a standard of excellence for yourself. Too many times in life we shy away from challenges that we know will be a great opportunity but fail to execute on them. Often because this challenge is outside of our comfort zone. We look around to our peers and say to ourselves that we are doing okay and don’t need to challenge ourselves. Our satisfaction with being at par will be our biggest downfall.
Often these challenges can be coupled with emotional undertones of fear, anxiety, and a feeling of low self-worth. It is important to acknowledge these emotions and ensure your drive and ambition continually surpass these negative emotions. The reality is everyone is fearful of the next step at some point their career. You just have to be the person who will persist through it all.
Focus on what you can control
One can be overwhelmed in the details of a success path. It is easy to focus on how far you have to go, or conversely become enamoured in past success’. I like to write a list of things I would like to accomplish each day. If this list gets completed it is a successful day. Often times in a day you will be distracted from your main goal or set of tasks for the day. A new task will arise or someone will contact you and you are taken away from your main goal. Distractions can arise both at the workplace and in your personal life.
It is important to remain present regardless of your distractions, I like to keep my list in view and cross off the tasks as I go. Although simple, this allows you to access the quality of your work day. At the end of each day, I look at my list and analyze why items are still remaining. If an item reoccurs you are probably purposely avoiding it. I find it is the most challenging or uncomfortable tasks will take the longest to scratch off of my list.
If there is a particular task I am struggling with I try to break down the task to assess what needs to be completed. From there I analyze what I can do today to get closer to completion. Breaking the task down allows me to accomplish small parts to work towards the overall goal. Instead of just looking at it as oh shoot I have to do that, I don’t want to deal with that today. This kind of response creates stress and depletes the quality of all your other work. You find you are rushing through your work because you are stressed about the task you are putting off.
- Define success for the day
- Break things down
- Work towards your goal in manageable part
One of the biggest challenges you will have to continue to combat is something called resistance. The term coined by Steven Pressfield in the book Do the work. Defined as: “An energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.” Resistance is anything that isn’t our main goal, or project. Resistance is found in fear, procrastination, and even friendships. As humans, we are exceptional at finding reasons why we can’t accomplish things. We will tell ourselves constantly why it’s okay to be satisfactory. Our accomplishments and lack of effort are okay. I call bullshit!!
There is never an end to your work, you must continually strive to be better and produce more. Be greater. There are many elements in life we have no control over in life. Our effort is not one of them, the continual input will lead to continued results. That does not mean they are good results. With results, you can improve on something. If you do not allow time for improvement you will never succeed.
There are many endeavours in life where people around me have been surprised by my success. I know how to work and I don’t count my hours. When you have a goal the sacrifice to get there should not matter. If you want it you should absolutely dedicate a 100% effort towards it. That does not mean 100% of your time. All it means is you do what it takes to succeed no shortcuts no excuses.
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