I'm always fascinated talking to people, specifically entrepreneurs and those who have excelled in their chosen career field.
What inspires people to succeed? More importantly, what inspires people to show up every day and do the tasks necessary to be successful?
In conversations with successful entrepreneurs I have seen a common theme; the ability to stay consistent every day even through adversity and obstacles.
One of my favorite quotes is that of Michael Jordan:
"I've failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed."
Most of us know the story by now. Michael, at age 15, tried out for his high school basketball team and was cut from the roster. But that did not stop him from continuing to play basketball and work on improving his skills. As a 5'10" sophomore who could not yet dunk, the would be best basketball player of all time, used his "failure" as motivation to become a better and more well-rounded athlete.
Jordan said, "whenever I was working out and got tired and figured I ought to stop, I'd close my eyes and see that list in the locker room without my name on it. That usually got me going again."
Through the years managing employees and teams I began to see a consistent pattern. Despite me wanting to see all of those around me succeed, I learned that true success has to come from within. I cannot want someone to be successful more than they want it themselves. I cannot try to persuade someone to reach their goals if it is not something they personally want to take accountability for. This is where leadership and management often cross over and this can be a conversation at a later date, but it is so important for anyone working with people to understand that you can inspire, motivate, encourage, and even dictate (although I don't recommend - and is not my personal style) people but at the end of the day they have to have the desire, the want, and the passion for achieving success (whatever that may entail at that given time).
Michael Jordan is just one example, and one that I share because I was the ultimate fan growing up. But in studying leaders, entrepreneurs, celebrities and so many others, there is one common thing I have seen between all of these folks. They had their personal 'aha' moment that was pivotal in changing their mindset on what they were willing to do in order to pursue success and overcome any & all obstacles that stood in their way.
How can I determine if I am on the path to success?
Follow these great steps to help you personally identify your own path to achieving success.
1. DEFINE SUCCESS
Before you can be successful, you have to define what success means to you. This is such an important step and one that must not be overlooked because success is personal.
2. SET SMART GOALS
SMART Goals are those which are specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused and time-bound.
One of my favorite 'aha' moments was when I was sitting in a training in my 20's and the speaker told me that having goals that are not SMART are nothing more than a dream. Don't get me wrong, having dreams is one of the greatest things in life, but if you are serious about making those dreams come true, break it into SMART categories and make sure you are moving forward with focus and intention.
3. BE CONSISTENT
Any person who has achieved any level of success will tell you that they were consistent - even when they wanted to quit or give up. Despite those feelings of discouragement at times, they continued to persist and make those sales phone calls, created content for their followers, talked to people every day, and participated in activities that would benefit their business (or goal). It comes without saying, but you've got to be willing to do the work to succeed. Believe it or not, there aren't many who just got lucky and were handed everything they have.
I hope that some of these tips motivate and encourage you to assess your current goals and find inspiration to pursue success.
You are capable and deserving of all the success in the world! Let's do this!