“Success consists of going from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill
If you are reading this, chances are that you know that success is not easy. If it was, everyone would have it. Success may be the hardest thing in the world to do, but it’s not impossible, not by any means. That one word makes all the difference, as long as it’s not impossible, it can be achieved one way or another. It is a little tricky to find the right way, and in some cases, there will be only one way, but it can be achieved! Here are five tips that can help you achieve your goal on any level.
#1 The Long Run
Every goal worthwhile takes time, and the bigger your goal is, the longer it will take. Give yourself time to achieve the goal, whatever it may be, and be kind to yourself while doing it.
You don’t want to rush or push yourself in an uncomfortable manner. The more rushed your feel, the more likely you are to make mistakes or give up.
Allow yourself a realistic time frame. Let’s say that you give yourself a year to accomplish your goal. Divide your goal into twelve steps, one for each month. Target the completion of each step in the first two weeks of the month so that you have time to relax once the step is completed.
Next thing you know it, your goal is completed within the year.
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein
#2 Expect the Worst and Hope for the Best
Thinking that everything will go smoothly is just the wrong way of going about things. Prepare your mind for the worst, analyze the playing field in every possible angle and have a contingency plan.
However, always have a backup plan. If plan A doesn’t work out, then you move on to B, C, and even D until you learn how to overcome the hurdle. Take every defeat as a learning experience, write it down if you must, but keep going.
As Mr. Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
#3 Feedback-Take it like a Grain of Salt
Feedback is incredibly important to success idea or goal; however, it can also be like a double-sided sword. Nothing can discourage you more than a salty criticism from your peers. Most people are skeptical by nature, it’s a self-preservation mechanism (staying in the safe zone) and there is nothing wrong with that, unless you let it get under your skin.
Here is an easy way you can know if the feedback you are hearing will help, or harm your goal.
If what you are hearing makes sense, and it can better your idea, or help you reach your goal much faster, then it’s generally a good sort of feedback. Take the advice, if it feels right.
If what you are hearing, discourages you, or make sour feel uneasy or bad about your goal, then it’s better to take it as a grain of salt. Listen to give some respect but you know what you should do – ignore it!
Usually, people that mean you well or will critique your work in a positive way will provide constructive feedback, and give you hints on what you are doing right as well.
“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.” – Abraham Lincoln
#4 Know that you don’t know Everything
Starting a goal thinking you know everything there is to know about a subject is just about one of the worst things you can do to yourself. It handicaps you and it will make achieving your goal difficult if not impossible. No one can know everything about a given subject, no matter how much you study.
Instead of thinking you know everything, prepare your mind to learn new things, to do some research, and make the most of the era in which we live in. Information on anything is just one click away. But be warned, “if it’s too good to be true, it usually is,” as tip #1 says, “it takes time.”
A man walks into one of Michelangelo’s painting sessions and says, “Beauty, beauty, divine beauty Michelangelo, you are a master of your work.” Michelangelo turns around and says, “I am still Learning.”
#5 Give it your All
NOT giving it your all is the number one reason that can prevent you from achieving your goal. To think that you are giving it your all, when in reality, you are doing just about 50%. And 50% of your true potential, will do very little to help you accomplish your goal.
Always ask yourself, “Is this the best I can do? Is this really my 100%?” and if you answer truthfully, you will find that it’s about 50% or 60% of your true potential.
I’m not saying that you must give 100% on everything you do, that would be incredibly tiring and unwise, but when it comes to your goal, your 100% is usually the best way of assuring that you will achieve it.
Don’t sell yourself sure, you are better than you know, and are capable of many great things. The possibilities in this life are endless.
“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel
I hope these five tips help you achieve your goals.