Quote found on tumblr.com: “Success is not the key to happiness… Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
Ever heard that before? I have. And it makes sense to me! Success does not equal a status/title or a monetary amount. You could be making very little money, but be very content in your life, AND love what you do to earn that living… and be a SUCCESS. Can we all agree on that?
If you’re not there yet… then how to achieve it? Check out this quote by “success artist” Trish Britt:
“It doesn’t take much more of an effort to succeed than it does to fail. Be realistic about where you can start. When you decide, really dedicate yourself to it & persist at it. No one is going to make you more successful except yourself. If you’re not trying, no one else will. If you’re good at something, & try very hard at it, you are going to succeed.”
Let’s break that down. EFFORT: Did you catch what she said?? “It doesn’t take much more of an effort to succeed than it does to fail.” Could that really be true? It can be if you believe it to be. Everything we create in life stems from our personal beliefs. Beliefs are everything. Remember this one? “If you believe it you CAN achieve it.” So, let’s start out just believing that success does not require a whole lot of extra effort. Sounds good. Makes it more appealing to me!
Next: “Be realistic about where you can start.” That makes sense. When you take a good, long, hard look at where you’re at, then you can begin the journey with a firm base. Map out your plan. That is always a good idea. Break it into small, manageable steps. Ever heard this one? “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” 🙂
Next sentence: “When you decide, really dedicate yourself to it & persist at it.” Oh, yes, indeed. Perseverance is the predecessor to success, no doubt about that. That happens to be something I’m personally working on in my own journey. I tend to get off track pretty easily. I get bored or distracted, or both! But I genuinely desire, with all my heart, at this point in my life to go all in on ONE THING… anything. I’m just ready to see myself as a success at one thing; therefore, I am practicing dedication & persistence.
Next part: “No one is going to make you more successful except yourself. If you’re not trying, no one else will.” If it is to be, it is up to ME. Truer words were never spoken. SUCCESS is forward motion, in my opinion. And only I can make that motion. No one is there to move my legs, or make up my mind on important (forward-moving) decisions, or move my fingers on the keyboard, etc.
Success is closer than you think.
Lastly, let’s look at the phrase: “If you’re good at something, & try very hard at it, you are going to succeed.” That makes sense, doesn’t it? First of all, follow your passion. If there is something you feel very passionate about, chances are it is your gift, your purpose. Then next we put in the EFFORT. This formula equals success. I got a tattoo a few years back on my shoulder. It is Japanese lettering which literally translates as “Zen Strength.” For me, it translates as: Do Your Best. I got the tattoo to signify an important crossroad in my life. I was embarking on a new career, a new phase of my life, & it was the perfect symbolic phrase to remind me of that.
Success vs Failure
Failure is simply not trying. That is my opinion. We’ve all heard about Ben Franklin. He experimented & “failed” literally thousands of times before he perfected the light bulb. What if he had given up after a few failed attempts? I’m glad he persisted. He “failed forward”, learning from each mistake. He is my inspiration. If I fall down, I will just simply keep getting back up again & again & again, until I feel I am a SUCCESS. 🙂
The project I’m working on right now can be seen at this link: CLICK HERE if you would like to take a quick peak. I’m on a journey of persistent action. Maybe you can join me… who knows where it may lead?
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