What’s it Take to Succeed?

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.  ~Abraham Lincoln

Everyone wants to be successful; in life, in love, in business. Yet, we spend a ridiculous amount of time feeling like failures! We make up cute ditties like ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try try again’!

We want success to come to us in a straight line. I did A, B C, and D and that should equal SUCCESS! Instead we find that A, B C, and D equals a try again or a give up.

Success doesn’t come in a straight line! Success looks like this graphic (which one of our Facebook friends shared and I can no longer find the original posting).

Success is a commitment to the journey. Success is taking all the things that go wrong, and all the obstacles and crazy twists and turns and staying the course. Success is a tenacious desire to figure out what has gone wrong. Success is turning a deaf ear to those who would attempt to defeat or deflate you.  Because there will always be things that make you want to run and people who will tell you that you are wrong; but you have to put your faith on the table. You really have to stand against all odds. It takes courage. And when you do this, you will succeed.

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,  ineffectiveness concerning all acts of initiative (and creation). There is one elemental truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans— that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves all. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, Raising in one’s favor all manner of incidents and meetings and material assistance which no one could have dreamed would come his or her way.

Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now.

~ Goethe (1749-1832), German poet and dramatist



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The Power of NO

The first truly empowering word a child learns is ‘no’.  It is fun to watch them when they have learned the power of this word. They use it for everything. no no no no no Quickly the cute is gone and adults begin to curb a child’s use of no.

As adults, we are still curbing our use of the word no. Everywhere we look someone wants something from us. Our children, our spouse, our employer, even the dog, everyone wants some little piece of you. More often than not, you want to give, to take care of, and to over achieve.  It is not wrong to want to help, to nurture, to be the best you can be.

However, by saying yes are you are losing yourself to those around you. How often are you are saying yes, but know it is stretching you too thin? Are you doing so much for others that you have no time for you? Then it is time to revert to your terrible twos. Relearn the word no.

The word no can make you a better parent, partner and employee. Focus on what is important and say no to everything else. Your life will be better.

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How to succeed

you're ONE of the five out of 100

It does not matter what goals you have set. The important part is to have goals and be working toward fulfilling them. Earl Nightingale said “The moment you decide on a goal to work toward, you’re immediately a successful person. You’re then in that rare and successful category of people who know where they’re going. Out of every hundred people, you belong to the top five.”

To succeed in any endeavor, you must first invest a generous portion of your time and talents if you expect ever to earn a return on your investment. You have to give before you get. It’s all a matter of attitude.

You will get back what you put into the endeavor. If you give of yourself generously and diligently, you will find success. No matter what your undertaking.

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