Many people have things they want to achieve and do. They make plans and then don’t follow through. Sometimes, they even go as far as making New Year resolutions and often quit before February 1st. You may know people like this. You may be one of those people, but in a moment, all of that is about to change. Here is the good news. The steps to success are easy. The steps, if followed, are like a recipe or a formula. You wouldn’t expect to follow a recipe for an apple pie and get a chocolate cake, right? And if you decided to pull the pie out of the oven early, naturally it wouldn’t be done baking. However, like the steps you are about to read, if you follow the recipe exactly and without skipping any of them, you can expect something wonderful.
Once you know what you want, develop a burning desire to get it. Let me say that again. Develop a BURNING DESIRE. It is important to understand that not just any desire will do. Obsess over it. Some people don’t like that word, but who cares…obsess. We all want things, but without a burning desire, it ends up being more like a wish. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes wishes can come true. But let’s be clear here, we don’t want a recipe that works sometimes, we want a recipe that works every time guaranteed.
The next thing you will need to do is acquire knowledge. You need to know what to do and how to do it to get what you want. For example, if you want to lose weight and keep the weight off, you need to know the ins and outs of the process. Sure, you could do a little exercise and eat less, but that will only get you so far and usually results in the weight coming right back. However, once you learn about calorie deficits, macros, and minimizing adaptive thermogenesis and deactivating obesity rebound, it becomes a lot easier. Knowledge, as they say, is power.
Following steps one and two, you need to develop skill. Knowledge to get what you want without any practical application is just theory. You need to gain experience. You need to put the knowledge to use and get really good at using it. It is kind of like when you learned to ride a bike or swim. At first, it was sloppy, and you stumbled a bit. Then, you got a little better and started to put what you learned to better use, forgetting the mistakes, and remembering the important stuff. After some time, you got to the point where you didn’t have to think about each move, and it became like second nature. This is what skill development in any area usually looks like.
Now for the tough part. You need to believe that you are going to get whatever it is you want. You need faith. “How do you develop faith?”, you ask. Well, it is simple. Faith is developed through one method and one method only, repetition. In Stephen Covey’s book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, he tells us to start with the end in mind. Visualizing the result, vividly and emotionally, repeatedly allows you to see what success looks like. Repeatedly visualizing the result reenforces the belief that what you want or are trying to achieve is possible.
A lot of people try to jump from step one or step two directly to this step. They get excited and jump into action skipping the essential steps to ensure success. However, when the steps are followed, the final step becomes a thousand times easier to do. Nevertheless, action is a requirement and should be done confidently and without fear. If you are experiencing some fear, the fastest way to get over it is to do the thing you fear repeatedly until fear is dead.
We’ve finally made it to the last step. This is the most important step and where most people fail. Persistence. If you have completed all the prior steps, you may start to get impatient and wonder when success will come. We live in a society enveloped in immediate gratification. Simply put, we hate to have to wait for things. Nevertheless, there is commonality among the unsuccessful, whereby quitting too early has led to their downfall. Countless stories have been told about people who missed fortune because they quit just shy of the finish line. I promise if you keep going, even when you think it’s time to quit, success will come to you. You have done the work. Success is right around the corner. Just be persistent.
That’s it! Now you know the exact six step to success. Before you go, notice I didn’t mention anything about setting a timeframe to reach success. This was done purposefully because setting a timeframe tends to detract from your ability to remain persistent. Sometimes when we hit snags and road bumps, we are motivated to quit feeling as though we won’t reach success by our deadline. Avoid setting a success deadline. Just follow the steps and when you reach success, it will feel like it happened faster than you thought it would. Best of luck to you, although I’m sure you won’t need it. You deserve to be successful so see it, believe it, and be it. Thanks for reading!
I love this and as a process person, I love having a list to reference.