How to make success an intrinsic part of our lives

— Sowmya G S

We all want to be successful - earn good salaries, support our families and lead happy, contented lives. But can success be restricted to our work and professional life alone? What about our other life, where our personal aspirations and goals play an important part of who we are and where we come from. Does personal success play any role in our professional advancement? A lot according to Nehru, Lincoln, Einstein and other great personalities of the world.

We all know how to put in the long hours, study relevant textbooks and ultimately get good grades and marks. Then what makes one person get a higher pay packet while the other gets a mid-level job even though the marks reflect otherwise.

Not all of us are born with the best of talents. Some of us speak well, while others are good organizers. But there are some qualities you need no matter what you are good or not good at.

1) Cultivate self-confidence – Some have a natural ability to behave confidently while others have to work on their confidence levels. Not to worry, in such cases make sure you prepare beforehand and plan your activities well in advance. Much of the fear of failure comes from disorganization and under preparedness. By going well-prepared, means you have already thought of the potential failures. By being aware of these things, means that you are in a better position to fight setbacks, which is a very important step for the success of any activity.

2) Focus on desire – All great businesspersons and great personalities have pinned their success on one single emotion: the desire to succeed. Focus on what you desire and what you want to achieve and soon you will start to see how your actions are following your thoughts and vice-versa. Remember your goals may change but the desire to succeed must never change. Only when you are driven with this deep motivation will you be ready to do whatever it takes to succeed.

3) Study your failures more than your successes – Edison had a thousand failures before he finally succeeded. Henry Ford lost his fortune five times before he could turn his life and business around. The common thing among these men, is that they never feared failure and learnt from their mistakes. Before going into an activity, think of the worst thing that could happen. You will be surprised to know that, you have a lot more to gain from an experience, than lose from it. And even if you do lose, it is just a chance for you to try again until you succeed! When Dhoni comes to bat, he doesn’t think of hitting a six off the first ball. He first takes the singles, runs hard between the wickets and then when he is set goes for the big shots. So be patient, learn the ropes, understand the industry or profession first, then start hitting your sixes!

4) Get started – The secret to getting ahead is getting started said Mark Twain. So Don’t ask yourself Why not me? But ask yourself Why not now? Remember, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. So take your step now and don’t wait for that right moment or right time or right situation. It may or may never come. But the time you have NOW, is your most important asset.

5) Stay positive – Negativity not only gets you down, but also the morale of others, especially if you are working in a team. If something is not working or repeatedly going wrong, try different approaches or analyze before proceeding further. Always stay away from negativity. A problem is a problem, only until you find its solution. Sometimes all it needs is a sound mind, and negativity is only going to interfere in your ability to find the solution. They say only a calm mind can perform more intelligently. If you are not calm, it sends confusing signals to the brain and masks your ability to think logically.

6) Strive for balance – Too much work only makes Jack a dull boy. Its true that constantly thinking of work and the pending assignments, can make our brains dull and also our personalities boring. To keep a pleasant pleasing personality at all times, we must indulge in hobbies, exercise or take up activities that will stimulate other parts of our individual development. Reading, going out or interacting with family members, not only affirms our purpose in life, but also makes the journey all the more enjoyable.

According to Eleanor Roosevelt, “Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” If achieving happiness is our ultimate goal, then we must apply these principles to make our lives better. When we do, we will not only see results happening within us, but also around us. Personal success puts us in a better position to gain abundantly from life and achieve whatever it is we set out to achieve.

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