Attaining your dreams is a daunting task; we live in a rushed, competitive world, and it seems that for every good idea we have, someone else may have thought of it too. But you can win, no matter what goals you set for yourself, with a little patience and a whole lot of persistence and belief in yourself – that’s the stuff that makes dreams come true.
Following a few simple guidelines will help ensure that you’re on the road to winning, however you define “winning” in your life. Is it having a successful business? Is it completing a high level of education? Is it traveling the globe? No matter what goals you devise, it is indeed possible to attain them, if you don’t let doubter and “naysayers” spoil your plans.
Set Goals: It’s important that you have concrete plans for your future, not just a vague idea of it. For example, it’s not enough to think, “I’d love to be wealthy.” Ask yourself: how will I become wealthy? What am I good at, and, most importantly, what am I passionate about?
Never Be Afraid To Fail: Very few people make a smashing success of their lives the first time at bat. We don’t always know exactly what we’re good at – and what we love – until we’ve tried different things, particularly in our careers. Don’t be afraid of something not working out; you’ll learn something about yourself and your talents and strengths, and that’s a valuable lesson moving forward.
Take Risks: There is little to be gained by playing it safe. Stretch yourself, try new ventures, and risk failure. Like the old adage tells us, “you can’t guarantee success if you don’t risk failure.” Almost everyone – businessmen, politicians, entrepreneurs – have all experienced failure at some point because they’ve been willing to take risks to succeed. A safe life is often not a satisfying one. Ask anyone at the end of his life what he thinks about, and inevitably he says it is what he did not do, because he was afraid of risk, not what he did do. Don’t let yourself be that person.
Stay Focused On Your Vision: Don’t let yourself get caught up in petty details that detract from your long-range vision. Your goal exists perhaps several years down the road; you will take steps to attain that goal, and some of them will be difficult, and sometimes you will trip up. But never lose sight of that vision. Keep it with you like a charm you wear around your neck; it’s always with you, part of you, part of what your life will become.
If you keep these simple guidelines in mind, you can win – at whatever you choose to do with your life. Is it easy? No. Is it quick? Not even a little. But winning is satisfying, fulfilling and means you’ve accomplished what you set out to do. There’s nothing better.
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