Are you a student, looking to get good grades in exams? Are you aspiring to be a successful businessman, but can barely get your startup off of its toes? Or perhaps, you just want to get things done, organize your life and maybe want to learn some new skills? Well, I hate to break it to you, but, this article will not grant you those successes. Only your actions can dictate your future, no other article nor anyone else’s words can do anything to change it unless you choose to act by those said words. Alright, ready to commit?
A little disclaimer; this is not a serious, entrepreneurial content of any better quality than a glorified and elongated Instagram caption, hence the article’s name. This article is intended for quick reads and by no means a piece of professional psychological advice. So, let’s get started!
1. Be strict to yourself
Yes, you read that right. In order to achieve success, you should not cater to your every desire. Sometimes, you listen to your inner voice stalling you from striving to succeed, later, later, it says. It wants you to enjoy the time being with games and social media and whatnot. Your inner voice calls you to just wait for the perfect time, perfect opportunity to act, only to realize later (in disappointment) that there is no perfect window to success. Force yourself to make that first act. Success does not come later, it starts now. If you can get over your desires and your inner voice telling you to just play games and wait for the perfect opportunity, you might just find yourself on the road to success.
Now, this is wholly different from don’t be nice to yourself. Being strict to yourself does not mean abusing yourself, so make sure to moderate your actions to avoid burnout and stress!
“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.”
— Chris Grosser
2. Do not expect immediate gratification
Success involves a journey, and that journey is meant to be hard-earned and meaningful. So, it is no surprise that not many people are willing to work hard to succeed, and the same reason goes for why there are so few successful people in the world. A part of this is due to the thirst for immediate gratification in a lot of people. Many people want to be as successful as possible with the smallest amount of effort as possible. If you want success, you’ll have to be willing to go through some of the hardest times of your life and sacrifice your short-term desires with long-term goals. Trust me, a success you have worked for a long time with a lot of hard work is much, much more satisfying than giving in to your short-term desires.
I think this is also a good opportunity to mention how bad social media and other digital entertainment can be for you. Maintaining an online profile on Instagram or watching cat videos on YouTube gives pleasure, but yields very little to no physical and mental nourishment. That’s why you like spending hours on the internet, but you feel empty after doing so. This is opposed to the satisfaction you feel when, say, completing a drawing or finished cooking a dish. In short, be conservative about your time online as it can be very fatiguing to little avail.
3. Get out of your comfort zone
I do not know a single person who hasn’t heard of this before. And I am sure that you also have heard of this already, perhaps hundreds of times. However, I am much hard-pressed to find anyone who lives with this particular notion. Very few people actually are brave enough to expand outside of their niche and actually try out new things. And those few people, I find more often than not, are the ones who are successful in what they do. In order to succeed, you have to take calculated risks. What I mean by this is to try out new things you aren’t used to while also being realistic about it. For example, starting a business is getting outside of your comfort zone, but investing huge amounts of money all at once and expecting massive returns immediately is just plain dumb.
“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
– Jim Rohn
Remember, complacency is the biggest barrier to advancement. So just join the football team, or get into debating, or start your own blog, or do anything you aren’t used to and you might just find yourself loving it!
4. Be independent
In my opinion, complacency roots from dependency. What this means is if you are too dependent on someone or something, it’ll be harder for you to get out of your comfort zone. Being independent of your decisions and your actions not only expedites advancement to success but also polishes your leadership skills. A successful person should always have good leadership skills, especially if they endeavor for a decision-taxing field such as business. This does not mean you should act and decide recklessly without consulting others, though. You should always be competent in seeking knowledge from others and inferring that to make good decisions and/or act accordingly. A good leader is independent but is also a good listener.
I think this is by far one of, if not the most important recipe of success. Perseverance is the one thing that can drive you to success or lay all of your efforts to waste. If you don’t persevere, then you’ll find yourself giving up early on before reaping any successes. Success is not a one-time, pull out your efforts all at once type of thing, it is a continuous hard work. This is partly what makes success so sweet; the time and hard work put into what you do finally amount to great satisfaction. We often see and envy successful people in our niches, but never see their harsh undertakings. For example, we see a rich investor or a ripped-body athlete, ignorant of the many aching hours spent on studying or working out that got them to where they are today. Successful people are ones who never give up, even if they had to fail to advance.
Well, there you go! I hope that wasn’t too boring nor grinding to read. Also, as I said earlier, all of this would mean nothing if you decided not to commit to doing these things. Your actions ultimately are the deciding factor in your success. It is your choice, to succeed or to remain comfortable where you are. All in all, success can be anyone’s and I wish you all good luck in finding yours!