It’s hard. Seeing all the beautiful impressions of successful people every day. Many have achieved what you’ve been looking for. That image of happiness they seem content with.
At the sight of it, you start to doubt your abilities and put pressure on yourself to finally become successful. We have all been there. That’s why in this post, we’re going to look at these very issues from a different perspective to take the pressure off you to dust off your own plans and finally get them rolling.
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt
What is your definition of success?
Even though a lot of money is usually considered the ultimate proof of success, it is important to first make your own definition of success.
- More time for vacation, family and friends?
- Fewer commitments and responsibilities?
Right here we are now already at the point where these successful people will very rarely encounter the latter things.
- Does a CEO of a large company have more free time?
No, much less as a rule.
- Can a movie star undisturbed just enjoy the beautiful weather outside?
- Does a CEO have more time for the family and fewer obligations?
Not at all.
The people who come closest to your goals are not always in the public spotlight, nor are they always conspicuous by their financial prosperity. What makes you happy is very individual and the way to get there is just as unique.
Patience will get you there
The fact is: you don’t become successful overnight. It may seem like that’s not true with some fast-appearing stars. However, before the point at which they are seen as “successful”, there are usually years of preliminary work. The road to success is usually hard, long and without shortcuts. The higher your goals, the more intensely these aspects are reinforced.
Here is a rather simple visualization of a graphic to better illustrate this topic. You go into the race with the expectation that you will see immediate success and that the growth in terms of the work you put in will increase constantly from the first day.
As a rule, however, the initial phase can take a long time and is characterized by few great successes. Therefore, this is also marked here as a disappointment phase. However, if you use this phase at the beginning to gain experience, improve and continue to work on it, you will usually eventually pass the point from which strong growth occurs and is accompanied by many successes.
Early & Quick success does not necessarily lead to long-term success. And long-term success should be the goal.
You don’t have to be successful in your mid twenties
This is proven by these world-renowned entrepreneurs:
- Ray Kroc was 52 years old when he founded McDonald’s.
- J.K. Rowling was 32 when Harry Potter was published.
- Colonel Harland David Sanders was 65 years old when he founded Kentucky Fried Chicken.
- Bob Ross spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and didn’t start his famous painting show on PBS until he was 41.
Don’t strive for the end goal – have fun on the way there
The feeling of satisfaction cannot be pursued directly, it must arise. We pursue with the desire for happiness, but this arises from the action itself. (James Clear & Viktor Frankl)
Try to find happiness in the process of pursuing your goals rather than just achieving them. In this way, the path becomes the goal, as the saying goes.
To create this situation, however, it is essential to follow your passion and what brings you joy. Not the things that you hope will make you happy because you can impress others or make others happy.
Jump into the deep end – you will never be 100% ready
Certain steps and situations in life involve risks and therefore require a little preparation – no question!
However, too much preparation can mean that you don’t get to the point where you make the first move at all, or only much later. Maybe you’ve been in a similar situation before.
Many successful entrepreneurs always recommend starting earlier, even if you are not 100% ready, because you will rarely reach this state.
It’s about taking the step out of your comfort zone and using the time to gain practical experience.
The ones who win are the ones who start anyway.
The learning curve is much steeper and you may reach your goal faster, because you have learned important things earlier or could meet the right people.
The Pareto principle (80/20 rule) describes this work approach even more precisely:
With 20% of the effort, you get 80% of the result. However, to fulfill the remaining 20%, you would have to put in an additional 80% of effort.
Quick tips to give your ventures a kick start.
Probably the most helpful and powerful tool with which you can get off to a good start or have backing – your network. Nurture, maintain and expand it.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
Leave comfort zone
Yes, you can train that. And you can do it by repeatedly facing challenges and fears, proving to yourself that you can overcome mentally and physically. This way you become mentally stronger and learn to love overcoming because you repeatedly feel the benefits of it. FOR EXAMPLE: Ice bathing, skydiving, speaking in front of a large crowd, etc.
Create Vision Board
To keep focus on your goal, a vision board has proven useful for many people.
If that’s too much work for you, try a phrase or even just a motto for this year.
- NETWORKING – you want to increase your network during the year
- GIVE – you want to provide added value for your customers
- INVEST – you want to invest money or time
- MINIMALISM – you want to get rid of unnecessary clutter, focus on the essentials and eliminate distractions
Make wallpapers for your laptop, desktop, smartphone and maybe even a poster for your home? This will help you to always remember and not lose sight of your overall goal for this year.
- Give some thought to your definition of success and don’t be swayed by outside impressions.
- Every path and every goal is individual.
- Perseverance is often rewarded later.
- Enjoy the path to a goal with long-term success.
- You will never be able to prepare perfectly. Better take the first step earlier
It’s never too late to uncover your path to success and fulfillment!
Start and find Him! We are behind you.