If you want to be successful at anything you must accept that your success will not come overnight. The most successful people have spent many hours of practice, dedication, and hard work to reach their level.
Instant gratification and overnight success are few and far between. Many people are motivated by a great idea and decide to go for it. They often fail because they don’t stick to it long enough. They are not willing to put in the time and the hard work.
How many of you know Kentucky Fried Chicken? Have you heard about the Colonel, the founder of KFC? After operating restaurants for many years Colonel Harlan Sanders at 65 years old found himself broke. Most people retire at 65! The Colonel developed a fried chicken recipe and began going door to door and from restaurant to restaurant trying to sell his recipe. Everyone said “NO”! The Colonel stuck with it and kept going and finally his first “yes” came after 1,009 tries!
Success Does Not Come Overnight
By 1964 the Colonel had 600 restaurants selling his chicken, he sold his business for $2 million dollars. He remained a spokesman for the company and in 1976 he was the world’s 2nd most recognized celebrity. The key for Colonel Sanders’ success? He stuck with it.
Now you might not savour the thought of selling chicken door to door. That’s fine, I get that. How about Michael Jordan? Arguably the greatest basketball player in history did not make his high school basketball team. Joe Sakic did not make his Midget team. These guys stuck with it and the rest is history!
Becoming a top athlete, business person, or a top professional in your field is a marathon and not a sprint. Great things take time, hard work and you have to stick with it!
Here are 5 steps to help you stick to your goals:
1. Find Your Passion
Passion is defined as “love; a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept.”
Do you have a dog? Do you ever play fetch using a tennis ball with your dog? Your dog gets focused on the tennis ball, he gets obsessed with the tennis ball, becomes passionate over the tennis ball. What is your tennis ball? Is it hockey? Is it another sport or a subject in school? Find your tennis ball!
2. Find Your Why
Why are you doing this? Why is it important to me? How will my idea impact my life? How will my why help others? What is your purpose?
Your why is your foundation for all your whats, whens, wheres, whos, and hows. When you are clear on your why, you will find a way. When you are passionate about your why, you will find your how.
You will achieve any what.
You will meet the right whos.
You will end up in the right where and overcome any challenging how.
Dig deep and discover your personal why. It has to be meaningful to you.
3. Write Your Plan Down
Stay connected to your why by keeping a record. Write it down. Setting goals creates a roadmap for yourself. You won’t know where to go unless you plan and follow the plan. Be specific and set a time frame.
There is scientific evidence that proves you have a chance to get where you want to go by writing out your plan.
4. Commit to Your Plan Every Day
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle said that. How true these words are! If you want to be great at something you have to prioritize and make sure you get things done on a daily basis.
People who reach great heights are not normal people as being great requires personal sacrifice and being comfortable being uncomfortable. It is not easy.
Make your practice a part of every day. Eliminate the excuses – why wait until tomorrow?
Break things down into small goals that you do every day no matter what and the little things will become big things at the end. Shoot 50 pucks per day. Run 2 miles every day. Read 1 chapter of your book every day or do 30 minutes per day of your homework project.
5. Just Stick With It
Keep your “why” in mind and don’t let anyone discourage you. Just stick to it on your own terms.
And just like your overall plan:
- Schedule your small tasks each day – keep yourself organized and accountable
- Track your progress – write down how your workout sessions went and what you did
- Find a friend or a coach or get one of your parents help you be accountable
- Visualize – see yourself reaching your goal using your mind’s eye!