Success doesn’t come to you. You have to go get it.
We often think success is something out there that will eventually come to us if we work hard enough. The reality is that success is not a waiting game. It takes hard work, commitment and passion. Success is a vague concept that looks different to different people. What does success mean to you? Do you want to make a six-figure salary? Do you want to help people become more productive? We all define success differently. Therefore, success truly has no boundaries. Use each success as a stepping stone to your next venture. Don’t let criticism or fear stand in your way. Everyone is quick to offer criticism. Let it roll off your back. And fear – my Mom used to always ask, “What are you afraid of?” She knew that by defining the fear you took away its power. She also used to say, “All they can say is NO.” When she broke it down that simply, she made any hesitation go away. I often repeat that phrase to myself when approaching a new situation, hoping for success.
Don’t fall victim to thinking success is something that is based on luck.
Some think success lies in working 24/7. Years of experience may cause some to lose that sense of curiosity and desire that propelled us towards success. If you look at the most successful people in the organizing industry, they exude a strong passion and commitment for what they are doing. They worked hard, connected with their passion and stayed committed to their goal. They let each success become part of the journey towards attaining their potential. I have often admired the success of Barbara Hemphill, The Paper Tiger Lady. Every time I hear her speak (recently as an expert panelist at the NAPO Conference in San Diego), I learn something about what success means to her. I always see the passion she possesses. I am not interested in taking the same path as Barbara as my business interests are not the same as hers. What I learn is how she has adapted her business model over and over to meet the needs of her clients. Keep changing, keep learning and keep getting better at what you do!
When someone is spotlighted for their success, it is easy to think that they were afforded opportunities not available to everyone.
Don’t fall into that trap. Your definition of success is your own and what others achieve may not be what you want. Success will come if you embrace the opportunities in your life. Look closely. Those opportunities may be small and quiet, but they can grow and build on others. Step outside your comfort zone and realize the success that lies within those opportunities. Realize the success that lies within you. You have everything you need to achieve your definition of success; you just need to go get it.