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Nuggets for a sure-fire attitude to achieving your goals

Posted by admin | Success Nuggets | Thursday 30 July 2009 5:35 pm

I have not failed, I’ve found 10,000 ways that won’t work-Thomas Edison

Have you been frustrated because something you hoped would work out just wouldn’t ? Well you are not alone in this. Every single person that has achieved anything worthwhile has been there. The key to finally arriving at your goal is hanging on for as long as it takes. Michael Jordan now acclaimed by a lot of pundits as the greatest basketball player of all time once said, “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed”. And this is probably why Zig Ziglar commented, “Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street”.

That things haven’t shaped up your way does not mean you have come to the end of the road. But it does mean that you have not discovered how to produce that result. And as you keep trying and refining your strategy you would get to a point where success becomes inevitable.

You must realise that it really doesn’t matter what life or people in it are throwing at you at the moment for as David Brinkley would put it, “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him”. See blow a few important nuggets that could be helpful on your way:

1. Never give up suddenly, sucees might just be around the bend.

In collaborating this fact Ross Perot once said, “Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.” Wayne Dyer agreed with this fact when he said, ” It’s never crowded along the extra mile”. And William Feather reasons that success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. The bottomline is,  “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on”-Franklin D. Roosevelt.

2. Improve your odds.

According to Arnold H. Glasow, Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time. Usually the problem is that we do not always know what is right, how to do it and/or when. So often in life we muddle our way through. And thats probably why Winston Churchill  once said that success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. However if you learn from other people’s experience rather than try to wade your way through without a clue, you improve your chances of achieving your goal earlier. So look out for people that are succeeding at what you are interested in and find out what it is that they are doing. Modelling them can greatly improve your odds. A Chinese Proverb says, “…to know the road ahead, ask those coming back”. 

3. Never let disappointment deter you.

Learn from the ant. If you placed an obstacle in its path, it doesn’t just stop. it tries to climb over it, go round it, go through it…it just does anything it can to get to the other side. And its instructive to hear the words of Thomas Jefferson, who once said, “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have”.

4.  Keep your eyes on your goals, that way you can better manage the obstacles.

Its when you get your eyes off the goals, you begin to feel the hurt and pain of failure. These feelings affect your judgement and poison your enthusiasm and poise.

5. Persever against all odds.

And what is perseverance? Newt Gingrich defines it this way, “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did”.  And you might want to hear what Albert Einstein thinks about sticking in there. He said, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer”.

6. Never blame people and places for your failures.

Take responsibility. Change what you do not like. Jim Rohn said, “If you don’t like how things are, change it!  You’re not a tree”. Create the conditions that support your goals. Sometimes you don’t even need to change anything. All you need to do is realise the value of what you have at the moment. The little you have can work wonders. Put it to work! Theodore Roosevelt suggested, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”. So what do you have in your hands now?

7. Don’s allow your current circumstances define or limit you.

G.B. Shaw, [Mrs. Warren’s Profession, 1893] once observed, “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.  I don’t believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them”.

7. Rise up every time you stumble.

A Japanese Proverb says fall seven times, stand up eight.  And Ralph Waldo Emerson puts it thus, “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail”. 

8. Keep on doing what you need to do-day in day out.

Don’t hibernate or go idle out of frustration. Have you realised that its often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock? And hear this illustration from Jacob A. Riis, “Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.  Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before”.  

9. Don’t accept less because circumstances seem to have forced you to.

Be flexible! But also have the wisdom to stick to your guns. If you have to accept anything less than you had hoped for, let it be because you want to, not because you have to. Keep pushing until your wildest dreams come through. According to Jimmy Johnson, “…the difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra”.

10. Finally, take your life in your own hands.

Always remember that while God is the architect of your destiny, you are the architect of your own outcomes. When you blame others, you give up your power to change. Work hard. Go for it. Give no place to laziness, laziness would cause you pain.The ultimate folly is to think that something crucial to your welfare is going to be taken care of by someone else. Yes it could but you can’t depend on that, else I assure you, you’ll get burnt more times than you can possibly  imagine.