Friday, 29 January 2010

Make a commitment to take continuous action

What's the point of complaining that others may have better luck or personal connections than you have? Complaining is not going to change anything. If you look at the world realistically, you will see plenty of success stories of people who have achieved their dreams despite major difficulties or epochal mistakes.

Neither good luck nor being in the right place at the right time play a major role in personal long-term success. Luck is not the steam that moves the engine. The key to being able to slide over life's difficulties is your personal psychology.

The main issue is to identify which essential psychological trait is, given enough time, the principal driver in an individual's success. From many years of observation and personal experience, I put forward that this key element is the willingness to take continual action.

This is easier said than done, since the principle itself opens many other questions. In which direction should you take action? How do you know if you are following the proper course? Which technique should you use to define the steps that you need to take?

Let me condense my advice in a few words. If you know what you want, look around and take immediate action in the direction that seems the most promising. If a door closes, then try the next one. If you are not sure about what you want, then try out several things that you find interesting until you discover what attracts you the most.

In any case, put discouragement out of your mind and accept mistakes as part of the game. Moving continuously in your chosen direction does not guarantee success, but tends to increase achievement. When you are focused on being yourself at your best level, your results are bound to exceed your expectations. Before you realize, you will have built your own skyscraper.


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