I truly believe there’s a way to succeed in whatever goal I’m reaching for, nothing is impossible. For sure, might not always happen on an original timetable and the journey will definitely take detours but with Hope, Action and Creativity, combined with Confidence and Tenacity to keep going, it’s all possible.
Those are the keys, I believe. First Hope – you need to have a positive expectation of the future. You need to truly believe it’s going to happen, that you will succeed…that you’ll accomplish. Because if you don’t have Hope, you’re sunk.
Action must accompany Hope because without Action, Hope is just a wish. Do the next thing, take the next step, make the next call. Whatever Action comes next, do that. And if you don’t know the next right step, just do something…keep that forward momentum going. Also, that’s key…momentum. An object in motion, stays in motion…an object at rest, stays at rest. Keep rollin’.
Creativity is key because if something isn’t working, you’ll need to get creative to figure out what’s next. Don’t rule anything out, think big picture without limits and figure out the How after you’ve identified the What. This is also where your resources can come in…your people with different experiences or ideas, your money to try something new or your brain and drive to read, listen, ask for what you don’t already know. The main idea here is don’t limit yourself to what you’ve already done – get creative and try whatever you come up with.
Confidence wraps these three traits. You need to have Confidence you can achieve, succeed, compete. You will need to believe in yourself – in your strengths and unique awesomeness to achieve. There’s no reason you can’t be successful. For sure, you’ll have to work your butt off, prioritize differently and make sacrifices or compromises…and success might not look the same at the end as you thought it might at the beginning but successful completion, no matter how it looks, is still success.
Tenacity is the other trait that wraps up Hope, Action and Creativity. You have to keep at it, fall down seven and get up eight. See adversity and go through it. When you’re tired, rest, then get to it. If it’s worth it, keep working it no matter how hard it seems. Do it until it doesn’t make sense anymore, then do the next thing. I think that’s something key to Tenacity – recognize that the current path may not be the right path forever and instead of quitting or being discouraged by the time spent, have the Tenacity to change the path and keep rolling.
Keep at it, whatever “it” is.