Saturday, 25 August 2007

The Road to Success

Everyone wants to live a peaceful, happy and fulfilled life but not all of us are going to see this desire or wish come true. The reason is because some of us don’t have what it takes to transform our dreams into reality. Everyday, many join in on the road to success. Yet, countless get lost on their way (during the course of their journey to complete success). This was confirmed by Robert Mager when he said, “If you are not sure where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” When you don’t know where you going and decide to join others on their way to success, any bus stop is okay for you.

On the road to success, there are many mud-filled potholes and ditches. The road is jam-packed with people of different mindsets, backgrounds and destination. Your journey through this road of success will not be an easy task. You need perseverance to make it through. It depends on many factors but mostly, it depends on you. Your journey may be prolonged by failure, discouragement, unseriousness, dishonesty, ignorance and distractions. But the chief factor that affects people on the challenging road to success is they, themselves.

You can choose to ply the road to success with determination and survive and become a success story eventually or choose otherwise. It depends solely on you. Though, there are many difficulties and barriers on the road, you will make it through if you endure. It takes deep passion, good courage, full confidence and great faith to purposefully achieve success. Many people who have made that decision have had their lives changed. Among them are great men like Bill Gates, Theodore Roosevelt (late), and Michael Faraday (late), Benjamin Franklin (late) Brian Tracy, Ian Seymour, George Ohm (late), Pelle, Wole Soyinka, Ngozi Nweala and Dora Akunyili. The list is endless. These people have excelled and had some remarkable achievements in their diverse fields and endeavour. They were people like you. When they were young, they had dreams and ambitions too. Some of them had to face very challenging difficulties and situations of different sorts. They just had to decide never to chicken out of the race for the price of success. You too can decide today to use every pint of determination in you. You can try to use means available to you for you success.

If you have made the decision to join in and never chicken out, then I would like to congratulate you. I want you to know that you have made a very important decision in your life. Since you have decided to be outstanding, I will share some useful tips about “getting to your success-filled destination” with you. But once again, congratulations!

Firstly, set a goal and a standard for achieving it. A goal is something you want to accomplish. It is an objective or aim which you have in form of a dream or wish. A goal can be something you want to become, a habit you want to change, a character you want to exhibit or something you want to posses. If you want to get married at age 25, you can set it as a goal. If you want to become a globally celebrated renowned author, it is a goal. And you can even set more than one goal. In fact, there are long term and short term goals. The previous examples are illustrations of long term goals (i.e. it takes several months or years to achieve them). Short term goals include our daily and weekly goals. For example, anything you want to achieve and can possibly accomplish in a day or week is a short term goal. Back to our point of discussion, goals should be written down with ink on paper to make them real. To set a standard for your goals, set a deadline and guidelines for achieving it. For instance, you may decide that, in the next three months, you must have honestly and sincerely stopped the act of exaggerating when having conversations. Or, in three weeks time, I want to buy a portable Discman from the money I plan to honestly earn by myself (i.e. excluding the pocket money given to you by your parents). To know more about goal setting, get a relevant book that deals with it practically.

The next thing is to connect and network with people who can help you achieve your goals. These people may be your friends, associates or relatives. Whoever they are, just make sure they are of considerable help to you. Share your people- dependent goals with your trusted friends and everyone who will not discourage you. Seek their advice and make necessary adjustment .
You will experience some difficulties and face some challenges but never give up. Build your courage and endurance and learn from your mistakes. Be motivated by your circumstances, don’t be ruled by them. Maintain focus and keep away from dream–killers. Use every set-back to catapult yourself forward. When you fall, rise up like great men and women do. And don’t you ever give up!

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