It will not make you any more successful than anyone else. And it definitely will not make you any happier.
And the sad truth is that being ambitious makes you no more likely to be successful than anyone else.
Achieving exceptional career success requires something more. And defining that “something more” is challenging because it is different for every individual and every career.
Yes, of course, the true hyper-achievers are ambitious, talented and hardworking. But they also typically possess other less tangible qualities which help to drive their achievements so far beyond others who might have similar talent, ambition and work ethic.
To know what you want, to understand why you’re doing it, to dedicate every breath in your body to achieve. If you feel you have something to give, if you feel that your particular talent is worth developing or is worth caring for, then there is nothing you can’t achieve.
OK, so you’ve taken the time to dream. You’ve started exploring your passion. You’ve even begun to set goals for yourself. Now it’s time to take seriously your efforts to succeed.
Success takes commitment. Success takes time.
To experience success in any area of your life, you have to be able to push past life’s road blocks. Commit to not quit! Focus your thoughts on the prize you seek, not the challenges.
One of my favorite remedies for the tough times is saying aloud, “I will not be defeated and I will not quit.” Repeat as needed.
Commitment requires discipline. If you’ve made a commitment – to yourself or someone else, use discipline to fulfill that promise. Not only will it help you reach your goals, you’ll feel better about yourself in the process.
Commitment is aided by routine. Commit to spending a certain amount of time each day on your goal or to focus on the project at a specific time each day. Use your most creative time of day to work on your greatest challenges. For some, that’s early morning, before the day’s events interfere. Some are most creative and energetic in the afternoon. Others prefer the quiet of the evening. Whatever works for you, if you’ll make it a routine, it will soon become a habit. The habit of commitment will carry you to success.
Commitment requires tough decisions. “If you spend it there, you won’t have it to spend somewhere else”. The same is true with your time, talents, energy. Use your internal checklist (peace) to decide where to commit yourself. What goals are most important for your well-being? Find ways to say “NO” to the things and people who drain you of your energy and efforts.
Time does not wait for you to commit to your success. Only you can decide whether to be great or mediocre. Hang on to your attitude and determine to succeed. Be patient with yourself, the people around you, and the process required to become successful.
Commit today to achieve your best tomorrow!