Napoleon Hill wrote, “The starting point of all achievement is desire. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat. If you find yourself lacking in persistence, this weakness may be remedied by building a stronger fire under your desires.” You may have the talent of a genius but if you are not able to remain committed to a path of purpose fueled by a daily determination to win, you’re wasting your time, energies and talent. Mary Kay Ashe stated, “Those people blessed with the most talents don’t necessary outperform everyone else. It’s the people with follow-through who excel.”
It’s not enough to know what needs to be done, without follow-through all you have are good intentions. The habit of follow-through is developed through self-discipline and concentrated focus towards a specific outcome. Follow-through is what makes “it” happen and indicates that you’re “In It to Win It.” Much of what you want to experience in life requires tenacity to make it happen. Tenacity is fueled by your level of desire to achieve a specific goal. Lofty goals can only be achieved by maintaining the required staying power to overcome roadblocks to your success.
Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.~ Norman Vincent Peale
You can’t just sit back and expect what you want to just happen. You’ve got to step up and show others what you can do. The achievement of any goal requires effective action. The bigger the goal, the greater the amount of “intrinsic fire” you’ll need to execute your plans of action. The following six steps will “boost” your “intrinsic fire” and your capacity to follow-through towards the achievement of goals you’ve established for your life:
1.Success breeds success. Expose yourself on a regular basis to people and environments that have similar values and goals as you. Energy is contagious. Individuals and environments that challenge you to be your best self will inspire you to tap into your reservoir of potential and step up your game. Iron sharpens iron.
2. Wise counsel produces greater success. Seek out a mentor. Get a professional coach. Start a mastermind group of individuals that have similar values and goals as you do and who can meet on a regular basis. Any one of these actions will expose you to the counsel of wise souls. Access to those with greater experience and contacts can reduce the amount of mistakes you make and provide you with a plethora of information that gives you a competitive advantage towards the attainment of your goals.
3. Be the difference that makes the difference. Become a mentor to someone who is starting to travel a path of purpose that you’ve successfully maneuvered. This action builds your self-confidence and keeps you consciously connected to the value of your knowledge, skills, and talents.
4. Your health is your wealth. Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Science has proven that those who exercise on a regular basis and eat healthier are more apt to sustain the mental, emotional, and physical energy to achieve goals which contributes to their overall sense of wellbeing in life.
5. First things first. Organize your activities around your priorities. This action enables you to manage yourself in ways that are in the best interest of your goals. It helps to eliminate time wasters that serve only to rob you of your energy, time, and attention. It helps you say “no” to activities that are not in alignment with those actions necessary for the achievement of your goals.
6. Get social. It is easy to get so caught up in the daily grind of life that you forget about setting aside time to enjoy your life. When you regularly schedule activities that increase your feel-good hormones they help reduce your level of stress and improve your general outlook on life.
Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in while you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.~Vince Lombardi
Your desire to live a life of meaning and purpose is doable but you have to sustain the courage to make it so. No one else can do it for you. Putting into practice these six simple steps equips you to be prepared for opportunities. And when you are prepared for opportunities you are in a much better position to seize them and make the most of them. This is the advantage that you seek as you establish yourself as a person that’s “In It to Win It.”
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