What does success mean to you? What does it look like? If you haven’t yet written your story of personal success, how will you know when you achieve it?
After decades of coaching and training new home sales professionals, I know what success looks like. I see it in the eyes of the people who are eager to learn and then powered up to surge ahead and implement their newfound knowledge. I see their passion to charge after their goals. I know when someone is destined to achieve their potential. And I know who is going to fall short.
Regardless of how you define it, one thing is evident: Success is not a matter of luck, accident, coincidence, or even reward for a virtuous life. It evolves from a commitment to plan, prepare, and persevere.
No one who is waiting for the next great thing to come their way will ever write their personal success story.
Success does not come to you. You go to it.
Although the trail is well marked, the path to achieving success is certainly not well worn. The detours of hesitation, fear, procrastination, and complacency prevent too many people from following that path.
Success is the result of making a conscious decision to backpack your emotional baggage. Get up, step out, and start over instead of sitting out life at the bottom of the mountain, wondering what the view would be like from the top..
It is not enough to stare up the steps. You must also step up the stairs.
At the bottom of the stairs, you’re looking up. That’s a start, but only a start. Are you staying there, overthinking, “what if I took this step?” While you’re standing there, seeking guarantees, other people are taking risks. They realize that no matter what happens next, they’ve stepped out of where they were. They’ve made progress. If nothing else, they’ve learned a lesson about what won’t work. And they climb up those stairs,
I’ve had many moments in my life where I made a bad choice that resulted in a misstep. But I never let a single one of those choices hold me back. Right or wrong, at least I MADE a choice. I kept my eye on the vision for my personal success story,. I wrote one chapter after another as I constructed the book of my life.
Where are you in your life right now? Are you making choices and taking action to live that life? You don’t get a do-over with your life. Live it to the fullest. Start today.