How To Stay Positive & Achieve Your Goals
or successful people, giving up is not an option. That’s just one characteristic so many truly successful people have in common — the Oprahs of this world, the Walt Disneys , the Steven Kings, the JK Rowlings– they stared down failure, dusted themselves off, and got on with the job of trying again.
You can too, if you follow some of the principles they did. Here are just a few of those guidelines:
1) Accept failure because it’s bound to come. Did you know that Walt Disney went bankrupt, a lot, before ever getting his first cartoon on big screens or finding financing for his first theme park? He did, but each time he simply moved on and started over. He insisted to many folks that money was never his prime motivation, and that was what kept him going. He had a dream, he wanted it badly, and knew the money would come eventually — what mattered was realizing his dream.
2) Successful people are optimistic. Anyone who has dealt with failure and loss knows that the only way to keep going is to believe, wholeheartedly, that things will soon change for the better. They are steadfast optimists, not pessimists. Don’t be a “glass is half empty” kind of person — the glass is half full, always, if you look at it from the right perspective.
3) Be inspired and inspire others. Getting others to believe in your dreams and goals is a big part of success, whether it’s your local banker, from whom you need a start up loan, or your life partner, whom you need to undertake this journey with you. If you can inspire them, they will do whatever they can to help you succeed.
4) Take risks. Colonel Harlan Sanders had retired from running a restaurant when he decided to start asking other places to carry his (now famous) fried chicken. He was collecting his pension, but didn’t want to stop working. Sources say he was turned down more than 1,000 times by some restaurants, but by 1964 he had 600 franchises, making it big serving his “secret spices” chicken. He sold the business later that year but stayed on as spokesman. What’s the lesson here? Success knows no age boundaries!
5) There is no correlation between success and smarts. You don’t have to have a wildly high I.Q. to achieve your dreams — you have to know your business, sure, but you don’t have to be “book smart” in the traditional sense. Remember what Mark Twain said: “I never let school get in the way of my education.” In other words, he learned by doing, by experience and interacting with others. That’s not to say school isn’t important; it’s just not a guarantee of success. It’s a tool to be used wisely, one step on the ladder to achieving your dreams.
If you keep these tips in mind — embracing failure, setting money goals aside, developing people skills, and other secrets — you too can do the work necessary to become genuinely successful. Perhaps most importantly, never let failure deter you from your true aspirations and dreams. Everyone fails, sooner or later; what counts is how soon, and in what way, you get back on your feet again.