Have you ever noticed how some people seem to get all the lucky breaks? While there are probably times and circumstances where luck seems to come into play, nine times out of ten, (or 10 times out of 10) success isn’t a result of being lucky. I personally don’t believe in luck. I believe that success is a result of hard work, focus and discipline, among other factors.
We don’t see all the hard work and focus that’s gone into that other persons success. We aren’t aware of the long hours that they put into that side business or the additional project that resulted in the promotion. We don’t see others working through the night and giving up fun weekend excursions to make progress on the tasks they’ve set themselves.
We also don’t see all the failures and setbacks that happen along the way. We don’t like to talk about those, and neither do successful people. As a result, we assume that it was smooth sailing for the person who’s successful. Usually, the opposite is true. We learn best from our mistakes and often make the most progress after a major failure or setback.
So, how do you and I achieve that ‘overnight success’? Here are some things to consider:
- When you or I face a setback or failure, we have two choices. We can call it quits, or we can figure out what went wrong, adjust, and move forward. Can you guess which choice successful people make? Absolutely, that’s right. They learn from their mistakes and get right back to work. That is exactly what we should do.
- Make yourself work towards one of your goals on a daily basis. Developing this kind of persistence and discipline doesn’t come easily to most people. It takes effort, sometimes a lot of effort. And it requires you to build habits that reinforce these skills on a daily basis. Most importantly, don’t give up when you fail or when things simply aren’t working out. Reflect on what you’ve done and what you could have done differently. Then implement those changes and get back to work.
Persistence and discipline are skills we can each learn. Some folks do have an innate ability in these areas, but even then they have to choose to use that innate ability. Some people were blessed to have the experiences in their youth to acquire the skills and others have learned them much. But that’s ok. They are, howeverr, essential skills if you want to build the life of your dreams.
There’s no time like the present to start working on your “overnight” success. What can you do today to help you make progress? Go and do that. Then come back tomorrow and take the next step, and the next, and so forth. Get in the habit of doing something every single day to move in the right direction, even if things don’t work out. Getting back on that metaphorical horse right away and trying again is an integral part of being persistent. Keep practicing discipline and persistence, and they’ll quickly become habits that are part of who you are and how you work.