Buddha once said: “Our life is the creation of our mind ” What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday. Our present thoughts build our life tomorrow.
- Desire: The motivation to succeed comes from the burning desire to achieve a purpose. Napoleon Hill wrote, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”
- Commitment: Integrity and wisdom are the two pillars on which to build and keep commitments.
- Responsibility: People with character accept responsibilities. They make decisions and determine their own destiny in life. Accepting responsibilities involves taking risks and being accountable which is sometimes uncomfortable. Most people would rather slay in their comfort zone and live passive lives without accepting responsibilities. They drill through life waiting for things to happen rather than making them happen. Responsible people don’t think that the world owes them a living.
- Hard Work: Excellence is not something that you run into by accident. It takes a lot of preparation and character. Everyone likes to win but how many are willing to put in the effort and lime to prepare to win? It takes sacrifice and self-discipline.
- Positive Believing: Positive believing is a lot more than positive thinking. It is having a reason to believe that positive thinking will work.
- The Power of Persistence: Persistence means commitment and determination. It is a commitment to finish what you start. Persistence comes from purpose. Life without purpose is drifting. A person who has no purpose will never persevere and will never be fulfilled.
- Pride of Performance: Excellence comes when the performer takes pride in doing his best. Pride of performance does not represent ego. It represents pleasure with humility. The quality of the work and the quality and the worker are inseparable. Half-hearted effort does not produce half results; it produces no results. Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it, regardless of what the job is, whether washing cars, sweeping the floor or painting a house. Pride comes from within, which is what gives the winning edge.
Why We Fail?
- Lack of Persistence: More people fail not because they lack knowledge or talent but because they quit. The total secret of success lies in two words, persistence and resistance. Persist in what must be done and resist what ought not to be done. When problems seem insurmountable, quitting seems to be the easiest way out…… Winners are struck but not destroyed. We all have had setbacks in life. Failing does not mean we are failures.
- Lack of Conviction: People who lack conviction take the middle of the road; and guess what happens in the middle of the road? You get run over. People without conviction do not take a stand. They go along to get along because they lack confidence and courage. They conform in order to get accepted even when they know that what they are doing is wrong. They behave like part of a herd.
- Rationalizing: Winners may analyze but never rationalize. That is a loser’s game. Losers always have a book full of excuses to tell you why they could not.
We hear excuses like……
- I’m unlucky
- I’m born under the wrong stars
- I’m not good looking
- I don’t have contacts
- I don’t have enough money
- The economy is bad
- If only I had the opportunity
- If only I didn’t have a family
The list can go on and on…….
4. Not Learning from Past Mistakes: Some people live and learn, and some only live. Wise people learn from their mistakes. People who do not learn lessons from history are doomed. Failure is a teacher if we have the right attitude. Failure is a detour, not a dead end. It is a delay, not a defeat. Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.
5. Lack of Discipline: Anyone who has accomplished anything worthwhile has never done so without discipline. Discipline takes self-control, sacrifice, and avoiding distractions and temptations. It means staying focused. Steam does not move the engine unless it is confined. Niagara Falls would not generate power unless it were harnessed.
6. Poor Self-Esteem: Poor self-esteem is a lack of self-respect and self-worth. It leads to abuse of one’s self and others. People with low self-esteem are constantly looking for identity. They are trying to find themselves. One’s self is not to be found but to be created. Idleness and laziness are consequences of poor self-esteem and so is making excuses. Idleness is like rust that eats into the most brilliant metal.
7. Fatalistic Attitude: A fatalistic attitude prevents people from accepting responsibility for their position in life. They attribute success and failure to luck. They resign themselves to their fate. They believe and accept the predestined future written in their horoscope or stars, that regardless of their effort whatever has to happen will happen. Hence they never put in any effort and complacency becomes a way of life. They wait for things to happen rather than make them happen.
Where-ever you maybe in life, you are destined to succeed and you deserve to have riches in your life.