How to Be Successful
By: John Bippus
Goal oriented individuals know that success isn’t an
idea far into the future. Rather it is a series of smaller steps that are
designed to reach a desired destination or goal. Goal oriented
individuals understand that goals are helpful not only to plan how to
attain a goal but also to help stay motivated and focused.
Success takes confidence in yourself and your ideas.
Where does confidence come from? It comes from a belief in
yourself, your knowledge, your skills, and your ideas. Of course it is
difficult to feel 100% confident 100% of the time however it is
important to give the image of confidence when dealing with
employees, associates, and customers 100% of the time. A confident
image will go a long way toward achieving success.
Your frame of mind is so vital to your success. The old phrase,
each cloud has a silver lining is true. The challenge, the secret to
success is to search for that silver lining even when it seems to be
obscured. Silver linings are opportunities. If each cloud is allowed to
dominate thought and action opportunities will be missed and the
road to success will be much longer and more difficult to travel.
Persistence and the ability to pick yourself up and dust yourself off after a
failure is key. Failure is a part of life and it is most certainly a
part of success. How you deal with failure, if you give up or if you
forge ahead and press on will determine your success.
It may sound cliché but, we’ve used a few cliché’s here
already because they’re appropriate. Success doesn’t happen
overnight. Patience is an absolute must. Of course patience isn’t the
only skill for success; it must be combined with persistence and
perseverance. Just sitting back and waiting for success doesn’t make
it happen. You must balance patience and drive to succeed.
Resilience is the ability to recover quickly. You might
think of it as the getting back up on the horse after you’ve been
thrown philosophy. Resilience is an absolute must for success
because failure will happen and how you handle it and how long it
takes you to recover have a direct effect not only on whether you
achieve success but how long it will take you to get there.
Success takes courage. Not because people fear success,
though that does happen. More often, people fear failure and failure
goes hand in hand with success. In fact, some people define success
as the ability to overcome failure.
Success must have passion. The two go hand in hand.
Without it, how will you be motivated to continue through stumbles,
failures, and how will you stay optimistic and confident?
Be Willing to Take a Risk.
This is quite often one of the most
difficult aspects of attaining success. Taking risks is difficult for
everyone. However when you’re passionate and confident about your
business, risk taking isn’t quite as intimidating. In fact, it can be
downright invigorating and fun.
Finally, integrity, which isn’t often discussed as an aspect
of success, is essential for success. Everyone you work with on your
road to success will play a role in it. How you treat those people will
have a direct effect on your success. Treat people with integrity and
respect and they’ll treat you in kind.