“Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never meant for.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are all who we believe ourselves to be and our circumstances are simply a reflection of who we believe ourselves to be. With this being the case, success can only be yours if you believe in yourself as a success. Whatever it is you want to be and do in life, achieving that outcome begins and ends with believing it’s possible for you to achieve it.
It’s always going to be easier to do what you want to do, rather than what you feel you should do or have to do. Think of it this way, unless an athlete is totally committed to their sport, they’re not going to put in the hours of dedicated training it takes to become a champion. The want to be a champion creates the drive to achieve the dream. Unless a student is totally committed to becoming a doctor, they’re not going to put in the years of studying it takes to qualify. The passion for the career creates the drive to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to get there.
Successful people do what they love and love what they do.
If you’re involved in sport because someone else believes you should be, or you’re pursuing a career as a doctor because someone else wants you to, you’re unlikely to succeed. To be your best self and to be the best you can be in whatever it is you choose to do, you want to be inspired. Successful people believe in themselves and they commit to becoming the best they can be in whatever it is they feel inspired to do. It’s their commitment that pulls them through the tough times, the mistakes, the steep learning curves, and the failures. To be able to truly commit to giving everything you do your best shot, you must be absolutely sure that what you think you want to achieve is what you want to achieve, not what someone else wants you to achieve.
Want to do is infinitely more powerful than should do or have to do.
Successful people realise that every thought and every action counts on their journey towards achieving their goals. The way you think and the way you do things from day to day will ultimately decide your level of success. Every thought and every action you take must represent another step towards achieving your dreams and ambitions, and unless you believe that those ambitions are achievable, success may always remain a step away. As philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for.”
Don MacNaughton is a High-Performance Coach and has worked tirelessly to help clients achieve success in the world of sport and business over the past 15 years. The next, highly popular, NLP Diploma and Life Coaching Certificate course starts in April 2019. Click here for more information or to sign up.