You Can Achieve Anything As Long As These Conditions Exist
You can be the greatest in your industry. You can become an expert. You can become a top writer, a best-selling author, a great programmer, an awesome designer, a successful freelancer, a successful entrepreneur, or an influential person in your niche.
Everything humanly possible is within reach. As long as the conditions below exist, you will make your way to the top.
Success is a function of persistence and the willingness to work hard for thousands of hours to make sense of something that most people would give up on after a few hundreds.
Success is not a random act. People don’t rise from nothing.
You want to achieve it bad enough
You have to want to succeed to actually do it to achieve it.
A relentless obsession with achieving outrageous results has everything to do with your success.
Tony Robbins says, “Your success is 80% psychology and 20% fundamental.”
A strong desire pushes you forward and gives you the motivation, energy, and persistence to act, do things and succeed.
Napoleon Hill once remarked, “The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”
Just how committed are you to your goal?
How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it?
When you dream of doing great things, reaching new heights, making a difference, creating enormous value, attaining rare levels of success, those dreams will definitely be tested.
If you find yourself fully committed, you will make a way to get what you want. When you live for a strong purpose, then hard work isn’t an option. It’s a necessity.
Your body and mind crave easy routines but real growth and success happen outside your safety bubble.
Feel the comfort but defy it to stand out.
Each time you act in the presence of fear, you dilute its power and grow stronger in the face of obstacles.
“Often, the journey to greatness begins the moment our preferences for comfort and certainty are overruled by a greater purpose that requires challenge and contribution,” says Brendon Burchard, in his book, High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way.
It pays to explore new routines, paths, ideas, disciplines and new ways that can help you get closer to your life’s work and purpose.
You believe you can achieve it
If you think you’re too small to make an impact, change anything, or do anything significant, you are right.
There are no limits. The only limits are those you impose upon yourself.
Tony Robbins once said, “The only thing that’s keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself.”
Only when you dare to trust yourself and dream more bravely can you harness the potential that resides within you and unleash your brilliance upon the world.
Remember what David Cuschieri once said, “The mind is a powerful force. It can enslave us or empower us. It can plunge us into the depths of misery or take us to the heights of ecstasy. Learn to use the power wisely.”
If you are overwhelmed by your dream or goal, focus on what you can do tomorrow, or next week. Then next the week after that. Take small steps, celebrate your wins or accomplishments and keep moving.
However audaciously big your dream is, you need to start by breaking it into smaller, shorter-term goals with doable, bite-sized actions achievable in the short term.
Every little progress will give you the motivation to keep moving and trust yourself.
Progress is the ultimate motivator.
The only thing that stands between you and what you want in life, is the will to pursue it and the faith to believe that it is possible.
You enjoy trying to achieve it
This is by far one of the most important conditions for success in any endeavour. You’ve got to enjoy the process. The process of getting anything done or achieving a goal is the day-to-day reality.
To become truly great at something, you have to dedicate shit-tons of time and energy to it.
People who achieve extraordinary results put in a lot more hours to be better ant what they do. But while their performances and what they do are remarkable, there is no mystery at all about how they developed them.
They practiced. A lot. Beyond the ordinary to get to where they want to be. They paid the price.
Trying to achieve something is very different from achieving it. This is where many people fall short. They don’t set goals they actually want to do.
Which is why you’d better enjoy trying to achieve your goals. Because you’ll never spend ten thousand hours doing anything you don’t enjoy. And if you don’t enjoy the trying part, you’ll never do it long enough to reach your goal.
The results and success you want could take twice as long.
Don’t quit because you can’t figure out the process. Don’t quit because the price is too high. If you want it bad enough, you will find a way.
You can easily attribute insane success to sheer luck. But make no mistake, every incredible person who has walked the earth had a story to tell. And in each case, you will find the love of work, grit and insane focus on one thing they cared about.
The ability to show up every day even when you are not motivated to learn, create, make something is the most valuable trait you need to be a professional.
It doesn’t come easy but it’s a requirement to survive the process of creating something unique and remarkable.
I can only become a better writer if I stick to a writing schedule and show up every day to share. It doesn’t have to be perfect. But it matters that I show up.
Robert Greene, author of Mastery once said, “If we follow the mastery process long enough, inspired by a profound interest and curiosity we cannot fail to achieve something exceptional.”
Mastering anything usually involves exploration, adjustment, and improvisation. You can’t always know your destination in advance. And that’s okay.
But be prepared for constant average work to get better at mastering the skill you have chosen to master. Give yourself permission to screw up and move on when things don’t go as plans.
Genius can only show up in your work when you show up enough times to work through the average. That’s what kept Thomas Edison sane.
He knew that every failure was a step closer to the right solution that will actual work. Edison went through thousands of prototypes before getting the electric light bulb right.
He became famous for saying “ I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
You can’t create a masterpiece without creative mess. Whatever you intend to master now or in the future, you need to prepare yourself for the long haul.
And that means hundreds of thousands of hours will be spent making mistakes and starting over. And that’s okay.
You will discover what works for you in the process. Whatever it is, make it your own. The work of the best creators isn’t dependent on staying motivated but it follows a set of routines and patterns and a lot of hard work every day.
If you are serious about honing in on your craft, you have to go through a volume of work, put in your best repetitions and show up over and over again. It’s the only way.
Value the process.
There are no shortcuts to success. See your projects, even finished ones, as work-in-progress. It rules out the need to aim for perfection.
You are prepared to fail and start over
The cost of giving up is much more expensive than the price of long-term fulfilment.
Everybody wants to succeed at something. For those who have tried and failed, success seems elusive. But it’s not if you can pick yourself up and try again.
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” Ken Robinson said that. It’s a profound. The path to originality takes many attempts.
If you want to be a great writer, you need to spend years being a clumsy one. Want to be a successful entrepreneur, then you’d better enjoy the process of going from failure to failure without given up.
You’ve got to keep going long enough to become a successful one. Gary Vaynerchuk has spoken about this mindset over and over again in his video series on YouTube.
Practice is what it to takes to eventually become a great one. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly,” says Robert F. Kennedy.
You are prepared to pay the price
“He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly, argues James Allen.
Anything is available if you want it. But you must choose it and prepare to pay the price. You can live your life on purpose, starting today.
You can spend your time on your most valuable goals.
But it comes at a price.
Charles Dickens once remarked, “The important thing is this: to be ready at any moment to sacrifice what you are for what you could become.”
The rare people who do become truly exceptional at something do so not because they believe they’re exceptional. On the contrary, they become amazing because they’re obsessed with getting results.
Consistent hustle always wins.
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