It's not enough to want success. I became very obsessed with success after my early struggles in my career. I really wanted to succeed since 2011. But until now, why has success been elusive to me?
Last week, I recalled the times when I achieved a certain level of success and the times when I seemed to lose it. It seemed that after achieving a level of success, I fail to build on it and until I let go of it. And that's the reason why a bigger success never comes to me.
I was missing the secret key to success: consistency.
Consistency: The Key to Success
"We become what we repeatedly do." - Sean Covey
If you want to become a successful person, you have to act like one...consistently. You have to consistently work hard and consistently produce results. Consistency is the ultimate key to success.
Being a Sacramento Kings fan back in early 2000s, I hate to admit this, but Kobe Bryant is probably the best player of his generation.
More than his five NBA championships, Kobe is known for his unbelievable work ethic. He works hard consistently on and off the court. Being the first to practice and the last to leave may already be a cliche or playing through an injury may already be very common in sports movies, but practicing despite having an injured right hand and shooting with the left hand, playing one-on-one practice games from 1 to 100, practicing cutting, dribbling, and shooting without the ball, and training four hours a day on a game day are just crazy!
No wonder he can really be like Mike. Big respect to Mr. Kobe "Bean" Bryant.
The Road to Success is a Rough One
In your journey to success, there are many road blocks and speed bumps. There are many obstacles that will try to stop you every time you finally seem to get going.
In order to reach your success, you have to be unstoppable despite the seemingly countless obstacles. You should not stop at every obstacle you encounter.
In order to be unstoppable, you have to build momentum. Because when you have momentum, it will be harder for you to stop.
Finally, in order to build momentum, you have to act consistently.
Yes, you will stumble. You will fall. You will get hurt. But, you have to pick yourself up again and move forward again. The best way to prove to yourself that you have moved on from your stumble is by acting again. Don't lose your momentum.
Don't Stop at Small Successes
Trials and challenges are not the only obstacles preventing us from our ultimate success. Small successes can also stop us from reaching the bigger success that we want.
Two weeks ago, after the successful launch of our first free guide, I became content. I settled. I became complacent. And until yesterday, I didn't feel like writing. (That's why this article was published late...again. I usually publish my articles at seven in the morning.)
I celebrated my small victory excessively, failed to move forward immediately, and lost my momentum.
The same thing happens to aspiring entrepreneurs being offered high-paying jobs, to entrepreneurs who start earning a comfortable amount of income, to athletes who win a championship, and to artists who gain recognition. They stop at their early and small successes.
The moment you stop acting, that's when you begin to take things for granted. And that's when you begin to lose the fire in your belly. That's also when you lose your momentum. And that's when success begins to slip out of your hands.
Remember the bigger success waiting for you at the end. Celebrate your small success, but don't settle. Let go of your small success and move towards your bigger success.
Even when you already achieve your bigger success, set higher goals. You can be so much more and achieve even more. Believe that the best is yet to come.
Don't lose your momentum.
Building Habits of Success
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Finally, success is built on habits, not on a one-time big-tiime action. That's why you have to build them. And habits are the results of consistent action.
You also do not just build habits in order to succeed. You have to build habits of success. You have to build habits of taking responsibility, taking action, working hard, working smart, embracing failures, being a good team player, learning from mentors, and so much more.
Like what Gandhi said, building these habits of success starts with your beliefs and your thoughts. If you want to change your beliefs, your thoughts, and your habits, you have to learn from people who already have them. You can look for them, meet them, or read their books. Then, allow them to widen your perspective, change your beliefs, and change the way you think.
Finally, when you learn from them, act on what you learn...consistently. Act consistently to acquire those habits.
When you do acquire them, reaching your success will be inevitable.
Next week, we'll start exposing you to different habits of success.