The road to fulfilling a dream is undoubtedly stricken with potholes and speed bumps. Obstacles are to be expected, but what you do after you encounter them is what matters most. It’s about getting out there and creating outcomes, not wishing for them. If you’re truly passionate about your vision and possess the motivation for consistent follow-through despite the challenges, you will achieve the success you desire, 100% guaranteed. Below are the 6 Ps to get you there…
Yes, you will get rejected. Yes, you will hit walls in your progress. Yes, negativity and self-doubt will be on your heels with every step. The key is that we mustn’t let any of it deter us from the destination we strive to reach.
Rejection? Try again. Speed bump? Drive over it. Negativity? Replace it with positivity and silver linings.
You have to face adversity, negativity, and disheartening circumstances to be able to combat them with the positivity that will carry the torch of your dreams and make them the reality you see in your mind. There is no success without struggle. An optimistic mindset will make the impossible seem possible, and that’s all you need is to plant the seed of self-belief and to set you in the right direction. Such a powerful word has the ability to combat the darkest hours. Trust that you will make it and you will.
2 and 3. Perseverance and Persistence
The image that really resonates with me is of the one where there are two men in separate frames digging for diamonds. We can see that the diamonds are just inches away if only they would both dig for a few more minutes. The man in the left frame gives up and turns to leave. The man in the right frame continues and gets to the diamonds. If only the man in the left frame knew that he was only inches away before he gave up…
That’s success in a nutshell. We are blind to the future but if we dig tenaciously today, then it becomes clearer with every passing hour. The key isn’t in what you’re getting right; it’s staying the course when things are going wrong. Look at any single successful person in business, sports, music, etc. Understand that for every game won, tracks that made it onto to the final album cut, a person who’s made their millionth dollar, have numerous failed attempts and fell short more times than they could count. As the saying goes, “If you throw enough shit, some of it’s bound to stick.”
Life will stick out its leg and trip you just as you think you’re in the clear and the finish line is in sight. It’s only in the midst of your setbacks that you will appreciate the gravity of your triumphs. It may take a week of rain for you to appreciate the warmth of the sun again.
One tiny step is better than no step at all. One is greater than zero in every instance of productivity. There’s no way around it– one is always greater than zero. Anything moving towards your goal or working on the best version of yourself starts with that first step. By focusing on ANY progress at all takes the pressure off yourself, combating the feeling of failure and the pressure to have everything at once.
Progress can reveal itself in form of criticisms, so you know how to improve moving forward. Progress means everything when creating a dream. The relentless pursuit of consistent improvement is what separates the greats from the ordinary. The wonderful thing about progress is that you don’t have to hit the bullseye every single time you set out to put in some work. It’s all a learning experience– the more you do, the more you learn, and the more you try, the more you’ll succeed.
Improving the overall quality of your life requires practicing honesty with yourself and practicing habits that prove to be useful to your progression. Put in the hours, even when you don’t want to. This is what separates the great from the good and the experts from novices. That extra hour you chose to put in shooting foul shots compared to your opponent retired early that night could make all the difference in the final seconds of week’s game. Malcolm Gladwell said it takes 10,000 hours to master your craft. Anything sounds impossible if you look at that number and expect to hit it any faster than you’re meant to. Start chipping away today. Become so good at what you do, that people have no choice but to notice you. Never let your mouth do the talking. Let your work speak for itself.
You don’t practice because you’re great, you practice because you want to be. You don’t practice because you’re strong; you practice because you were once weak. You don’t practice because you are wise, you do it because you were once foolish. You don’t practice because you’re fearless, you practice because you were once afraid.
Nothing worthwhile happens overnight. It’s the efforts put forth–day in and day out– over and over is what will produce results. There’s a reason why we hear, “Patience is a virtue,” because it’s true and it’s continually developmental. You aren’t born naturally being okay with not getting what you want when you want it. Especially in today’s society, with how easily accessible everything is. It makes it unbelievably difficult to be patient when everything is at our fingertips.
Instant gratification is the nemesis of patience and self-confidence. If you’re always used to getting things immediately when something meaningful and worthwhile comes along, you may begin to feel like you’re not good enough. You might begin there’s something wrong with you for not getting it as quickly as you might have expected. This notion is blatantly incorrect and you must dispel any thoughts of wrongdoing on your behalf. Take a deep breath and find solace in the truth that everything that should be, will be…in time.
Patience is the underlying story of any successful individual’s life. If you ask them how they made things happen, I guarantee somewhere in that conversation, besides hard work, you’re going to hear the word patience a few times.