It's a famous saying that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. But which way do we walk? What direction do we travel in? Where do we want to be in a thousand miles time?
Success strategy means knowing the answers to these problems and walking the steps. If we have a goal, an ambition, or a need to change one's situation, then before we set about achieving it, we need to plan ahead. We need to understand the lay of the land and prepare ourselves for a long journey. Just like driving to another city, we have to fill the tank and if we want to make a good impression, clean the car. Everything in life requires thought behind it, we either obey instruction or take responsibility for ourselves. Sometimes we have to do both, depending on the situation. Even if you think you know about your journey already, and you're well on the way to the destination, maybe there's a shorter way, a more efficient stride, a natural understanding and intuition for the walk, that can still be gleaned from this comprehensive and thorough yet by no means complete list of initiatives.
You Must Have A Good Reason
Before we do anything, there is always a why. Having a good reason to do something matters a lot. If we don't have one, we will end up giving the impression that we are something we are not. Wanting to look cool with a trendy backdrop is not a good reason, you have to want it for something else. Most of the time it's about love or money. People generally need both to live happy lives. So you want to earn more money, or you want to make more friends, these are great reasons to set a goal and achieve it.
Don't Give Yourself Away
Often we are so busy helping others achieve their goals that we forget about our own. Being the helpful and useful sort is wonderful when in a group or team however it's not selfish to do things for yourself either. All worthwhile jobs, opportunities, and social situations require that we work together and have cohesive networks and relationships, so even when looking out for ourselves, we find that if we're working towards something positive, there'll naturally be an element of team playing. Take this blog for example, I spend hours writing it, learning skills to help me deliver better content, and researching items to write about, many hours of practice have gone in behind it as well. It's why I ensure that I include commerce in the website, because like you, I have to spend money to survive. It's why I'm so grateful to those readers who can and do use the commerce. If the reader is unable, then it's free to read for a reason, it's them.
Nurture Your Networks
Always be on hand to chat and comment, keep phone numbers and send updates from time to time. Be on the look-out for people who stand in a position to help you on your journey. By knowing more people, we have more power over our own destiny. We also have the ability to be helping hands to those around us, and its not only good natured to do so, it's also wise. Becoming indispensable and non-disposable is paramount to maintaining a positive membership in any group, work or play.
Stop Competing With Others
Really, this is not a game of football. Remember that we're all just trying to pay the bills so put away your claws. You're not here to be the best, be the only one, be the top of the food-chain, the most successful people know how to work with others and take and give opportunities as and when they are able. Making friends with people in your trade puts you in a great position, making friends with the cool person in the social situation is also a good thing. There will naturally be tensions, we all care about our journey and so it also makes sense to not block another's success. While maintaining relationships we know that we must be fair and friendly. It may be productive in the short term to be ruthless however reputations last longer than people do. If you find yourself competing because you're simply doing exactly the same thing, you need to be more creative. Mimicking another person or product is immature at best, insidious at worst.
Stop Waiting For An Angel
There is no angel. Not for everyone anyway. Just look around you, if you're reading this article, you're one of the wealthy ones who have internet and digital technology. The angels are really busy. You have to get up and do it for yourself, you must be able to tell yourself that you are going to make the journey despite what the past may say about you, despite what fears you have, if you really want it then you have to do it yourself.
We all have a comfort zone, and those who achieve more than the rest are the ones who learn how to step outside of it. Of course there is a downside, stress and worry will naturally occur so be considerate towards yourself as well. We don't want to emotionally mutate under pressure that we are putting ourselves under. Step out of the comfort zone then do the work needed to make a success of things before retreating back and taking a break. You'll find a routine and a balance to this. Being brave doesn't have to mean doing the things that terrify you, if abseiling has nothing to do with your goal then don't do it. If taking a course to learn a new skill is daunting, but you really could do with the wisdom, then do it.
Put In The Extra Mile
So a thousand mile walk will always be that length, however we have to push ourselves a bit harder than we normally would to make good time. We only have so many years, and with other responsibilities on the plate as well, our own personal goals in work or play can't be taken all the time. So when we are able to knuckle down and do something productive towards our own goal, then do the best job you can. Do it well and if possible, better than the last time you tried a similar thing. We have to continually improve if we want to reach a destination.
Watch Out For Distraction
The dog ate my homework. Not really, I was listening to music all night. We live in a distracting world, there is a generous and varied menu of media continually available these days. To achieve things, we have to be able to focus on our goals regularly and adequately. There is a sticky trap of feeling that we've done a great job then sitting back for weeks. We have all heard the one about the hare and the tortoise.
Make Peace With Mistakes
We all make them. In any walk of life, we take a risk. Is this the right way? Am I doing it right? Do I know what I'm doing? Am I hurting anyone? We can't always know until its too late, so we need to be able to accept our own fallible human nature. Learning from our mistakes and from our failures is the only way we can take a forward step away from it.
Learn How To Not Contaminate Yourself
Don't put yourself down, describe yourself in uncaring ways, don't use negative language about yourself or your work at all. Acknowledge mistakes, sure, even apologise for them, but it doesn't define you. It only defines one act of behaviour out of an uncountable list of other ones. You'd not talk about your friends or your children in negative terms, you'd not tell people that they're anything negative if you cared about them, so why do it for yourself? So many people think it is okay to put themselves down, when it really isn't. We can only go on what you say, and if you say it's no good, or if you point out the reasons to reject something, then of course you'll get nowhere. If you can't honestly do something without mentioning the flaws, you're not ready. Work on it first, iron out the creases.
Stop Following The Crowd
To be true to ourselves, we have to be able to think in ways that suit us. Others will project their perceptions of reality onto us, their perceptions of who we are in their eyes, and if we are not confident then we can easily follow along with them. It's a common trap people fall into, they want to fit in so they adapt their outer self to match that of others. Even when they don't feel it on the inside. It is deceptive and dishonest however it often feels the more comfortable of the two for some. If you want to be a success of yourself, this has to stop.
From The Foundations Up
I have heard people in successful jobs say that they've had to sacrifice great parts of themselves to get where they are today. I don't like this approach, and have always considered it best to build on yourself. Don't lose bits, but mature them and add to them with new knowledge and understanding. Never stop learning and never think you know it all. There will always be something you don't know, never assume or presume, it's actually quite rude, and don't take on jobs or roles if you don't know exactly what you're doing. If you do and you're under qualified, you could do more harm than good. One step at a time please.
Believe In Yourself
It's been said again and again, and it still needs repeating. You can if you will and you will if you do. Just do it, like the famous sports brand will advise you. Take the journey or you'll never get to the destination. You get to choose exactly what that is.
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