At times, you need to focus on the little things. Small details often bring out huge life lessons worth learning. Think about a tiny ant carrying his food parcel, double his size, to the nest. It is hot, and the sun is relentless; however, this ant is undisturbed, steadfastly carrying out his task. This ant is truly motivated. There is a lesson we can learn from a tiny ant. As an entrepreneur would know, you sometimes lose some business, and the future may seem disastrous; however, with the right motivation, you can empower yourself to keep going until you reach your goal. But do you have it?
Superhero – Christopher Reeves
Christopher Reeves, who played Superman, used his strength to fight injustice. But in the real world, life changed the day he fell off a horse during an equestrian competition in Virginia. This event left him paralyzed from the neck down. Still, he did not feel sorry for himself – instead, he limited his tears to the early mornings; after that, he simply got on with life.
Christopher said, “In the morning, I need twenty minutes to cry. To wake up and make that shift, you know, and to just say, ‘This really sucks’…to really allow yourself the feeling of loss…still needs to be acknowledged.” Then he would say, “And now, forward!”
And now, forward!
Christopher was wheelchair-bound. He operated his wheelchair by blowing and sipping on a straw. However, he became a brand ambassador for quadriplegics as he traveled the country to speak at events, raised funds for medical research, and still directed movies. He did not let his disablement hinder him – just like the ant, he kept going.
A real inspiration – from whom we can all learn some lessons. Christopher’s goal was not to be a victim of misfortune. Now, what is your goal? Your example could inspire others, whether to be influential in your industry or achieve a debt-free status. Regardless of your motivation, do not lose sight of it when you find yourself in some dark hours. There are numerous ways to ensure that you remain invigorated and interested.
Do you have it? Consider these:
Listen to or read inspirational interviews or stories such as on podcasts. You will learn about others who have overcome enormous impediments before accomplishing worthwhile goals.
Set the correct goals.
Goal-setting aids you in generating a roadmap of where you want to go.
However, selecting the correct goals can make a massive difference between provisional and long-lasting motivation. Do not just limit your goal to this year only. Go further and ask yourself − what is this all for? What is my eventual purpose? Why is it so critically significant that I realize this goal?
Set your goals with rewards.
When you accomplish a goal, how will you reward yourself? Select rewards as you set your goals. Then, attach these rewards to your goals. If you allow yourself appropriate and regular rewards, this will help to boost your energy levels. You will also gain the momentum to work towards forthcoming milestones.
Your reward need not be a lavish vacation – instead, you can set yourself the reward of a treat, such as lunch with friends or a night out. More enormous rewards could include taking a day off for a round of golf. However, keep the rewards regular as you reach your milestones. This will help you to remain energized and to feel renewed.
Remember that a successful company is not just about strategy but also about your mental attitude. You should also be aware that setbacks will happen. These are part of life. Just look at bestselling author John Grisham − his first book, A Time to Kill was turned down by 12 publishing houses and 16 agents before Island Books accepted it.
Here are some ideas about success that warrant serious consideration:
Success doesn’t come easy
If success were easy, every Tom, Dick, and Harry would attain success.
Success can come with a price tag.
Obstacles, regrets, knockouts, and blows are all part of the path to success; therefore, expect some obstacles. Whoever decides to climb Mount Everest and then believes that climbing to the top will be a breeze? Nonetheless, many entrepreneurs respond to business setbacks with disbelief and adverse reactions.
Recall that your responses will, at all times, be based on your expectations. Therefore, you should alter your expectations if doubts and misgivings arise. Vince Lombardi famously said, “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up,” … so expect that knockdowns will happen!
Success should be your focus.
It is easy to fixate on the “problem of the day.” Nonetheless, that will only drag you into the dreadful quagmire of self-pity, discouragement, and anxiety. If you focus on your problems, the effect is that they will immobilize you. Instead, focus on the prize.
Nevertheless, here’s the thing − you should genuinely want that prize! More so, if you discover that concentrating on your most important goal isn’t serving you, push through the agony and, at the same time, re-thinking your goal. You might need to adjust your prize to something else that will assist you in surmounting today’s stumbling block.
Successful folks never did it unaided.
The concept of a self-made millionaire is a myth. Such success is never achieved alone. Every CEO, celebrity, or even professional athlete has had someone who has helped them, from a trainer to a virtual personal assistant. If you believe the fable that folks are self-made successes, maybe that is the biggest boulder in your path.
Victory comes when you take clear action. You need to build a solid support team to help and cheer you on with your endeavors. Christopher Reeve also said, “I refuse to allow a disability to determine how I live my life. I don’t mean to be reckless, but setting a goal that seems a bit daunting is very helpful toward recovery.”
Do you have it? Final note
So, what is your disabling barrier to success this year?
- Is it inadequate resources?
- Or restricted time?
- Restricted knowledge?
- Incomplete support, or maybe it is limiting beliefs?
- What, then, is your plan to overcome this?
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