Originally Published March 7 2020
Do you have limiting beliefs that rare inhibiting your ability to be the person you want to be? Have you ever wished that you had the same level of courage as someone else who is doing what you would like to be doing?
We all have been programmed for a long time by society to conform to a way of living that praises robotism and ostracizes individuality. As such we are taught to fall in line as early as elementary school.
With this deep rooted ideology of anti-individualism we can find it exceedingly challenging to pursue what we know we are called in our hearts to do.
The Power of a Breakthrough
Over the last month my life has kicked into high gear. I feel more inspired, engaged, encouraged, and energized to be the man I am supposed to be.
…I had a breakthrough!
It is so important for us to position ourselves in a place where success is drawn to us. In challenging times it can be tough for us to see the light at the end of the tunnel, however, it’s important that we know that there is one there.
Here is an excerpt from a personal journal that I wrote 3 months ago:
…I am starting to put those necessary fail safes in place however, it was a challenge for some time. The main contributing factor to that is because I wanted to do too much.
Between work, applying to school, a recent whirlwind of family issues, aspirations of maintaining the little bit of a social life I currently have, and other miscellaneous personal things that take of my time, I found myself being spread too thin.
I allowed myself to lose my joy. I forgot my why.
This pandemic has uprooted all of our lives. Some for the worst and some for the better. Either way, it is your responsibility to yourself to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Prior to Covid-19 I was miserable. I could not stand my job, I was always tired, and my overall quality of life was diminished in comparison to where I am now.
Because of Covid-19 I was laid off, and was subsequently absolved from most of my social responsibilities. My breakthrough was realizing I had my number one commodity back in time, and that I never wanted to sell my time for less than what it’s worth ever again.
What is that thing that you want to attain? And are you in a place to receive it? We shift our view on success by giving ourselves the right to be successful.
The Value of Gratitude
We have to want ourselves to achieve something. And that thing that we want to achieve should be in consideration of others. Gratitude is a key ingredient in perpetuating success.
Success is not money or things. Success is a character trait.
I have become increasingly more thankful for the opportunities that get to give and provide value to someone else. It’s in doing so that we get to connect with our true selves and put ourselves in a place to not only receive success, but to send it back out as well.
Big victories are not big because of their scale and scope. Big victories are big because of the discipline that comes before the opportunity. The equation to success is hard work plus luck.
When you are engaging in successful habits those habits will make room for you to encounter bigger opportunities to excel and serve others. The reality is success does not come rapidly nor is it always grandiose, but it can come consistently.
You begin to proliferate your success and gain confidence in who you are, what you can do, and who you can become.
Put Yourself in a Position to be Successful
Success is rooted in discipline.
There is an old adage that says: The most successful people make their bed everyday. As simple as it sounds, making one’s bed every day put’s them in a place to be successful because they will have already accomplished something before the day even starts.
If we can accomplish one task, it will make us more inclined to want to accomplish more.
And while how you quantify your success should not be tethered in your ability to accomplish a task, the value of your success is in the meaning of that task. Why would one find valuing in making their bed in morning? Because at the very least, at the end of a long day you know you have a freshly made bed waiting for you.
If we can begin to shift our focus from success that is rooted in results, to success that is rooted in disciplined activities and systems that lead to desired results, we will begin to see constant success, and we will create for ourselves opportunities to be successful on a larger scale.
We engage in generating consistent success for ourselves is by doing things that we are passionate about. If we are passionate about something the success will come.
Live with Passion
Passion drives motivation, motivation drives discipline, and discipline drives success. I’ve never actively decided to put a system in place for something I had no interest in. This is true in all areas of one’s life: personally, professionally, and in your relationships.
If someone is not willing to get better at something, it’s not a passion, it’s a past time.
Start making small yet intentional behavioral changes. For me that has looked like working out consistently, reading regularly, and creating space for the things I value. I have also utilized accountability partners to assist in keeping me on track and focused on my growth.
Success is available to all of us, and we achieve it by first redefining it, and secondly, by adopting disciplined and intentional actions in areas of our lives that matter. Let your passions drive you to a place of abundance and gratitude; and position you in a place to both receive and provide breakthrough opportunities.
Remember, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, the question is whether or not you are willing to look for it.
What does success look like to you? Have you attained your desired level of success and if not how far off do you think you are and why? What practical change and you make today that will put you in a position to attract successful moments and breakthrough opportunities?
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