Wow, Zig Ziglar seemed to offer only good advice. We have defined success as having all these materials things. Money, cars, large houses, the list goes on and on. I’m not saying that possessing those things means you are not successful. I’m saying that the mere presence of those things is not what success is.
Success is more about the internal determination. The metric for measuring success is internal and unique for all of us. It is a personal standard that strives for us to be the best version of us. I will never be the Michael Jordan of basketball, but I could define success as leading an intramural team to a championship at a community center.
Most importantly, success is action. We can dream all day long about our goals and what we want at the end, but without action, without doing as Ziglar puts it, we are nothing. Just do it!
Set good goals and take action.
“You don’t get results by focusing on results. You get results by focusing on the actions that produce results.” – Mike Hawkins
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso
When all else fails, take action. You can’t be successful at something you do try to do.
“Love yourself first and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball
“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” – George Bernard Shaw
We cannot succeed without making mistakes. Mistakes teach us valuable lessons that lead to greater success. As long as we fail forward and don’t ruin the opportunity to learn from the mistakes, we have succeeded at moving forward.
Remember Edison found 10,000 ways not to build a light bulb before hitting success.
“Follow effective actions with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” – Peter Drucker
I have begun reflecting as much as possible. Each day I try to limit the time that I spend re-checking my emails for the thousandth time. Use reflection as a time to clear your head, find inspiration, and make an attack plan to take action.
“Competence is required for effective leadership. Without it, people will not respect or trust your abilities.” – Josh Ball
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now” – Chinese Proverb