Have you ever marveled at the success of someone you know? You may have wondered, “Why is that person so successful and why am I struggling?” You might even have felt a few pangs of envy. You can channel that mild envy constructively by finding out what it is that the people around you consistently do that makes them successful.
Some successful people are simply brilliant and have extraordinary intellects. All of us have strengths we can leverage. However, as you examine the successful people you may know, don’t be surprised if you find that many have few if any extraordinary talents. You may even get a sense that they are in fact mediocre. Yet they always seem to accomplish their goals.
Well, these “mediocre” people achieve success because they know that the first step is to get in the game. Have you ever had an idea like starting a business or changing careers? As you ponder the idea, your mind can begin to work against you by dwelling on all the obstacles you would face if you actually set out in pursuit of your goals. Before you know it, you feel overwhelmed and your goals remain mere dreams. Successful people are undaunted. Their goals are non-negotiable. They simply get in the game.
Once you’re in the game, the first thing you’ll encounter is resistance. Successful people keep showing up day after day. Once in the game, they never give up no matter what comes against them.
Do you have a goal? Start with yes and immediately begin working on how. Put your inner Power of Persistence to work for you. As soon as you run into an obstacle, remember this quote from the great Babe Ruth, “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”