“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
– Alexander Graham Bell
“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”
– John Maxwell
Everyone wants success. We think about success, we read about other people’s success, and we wish could be successful too.
Success means many things, not just money and possessions. It also means success in relationships, passing examinations and getting good grades, getting a good job, developing useful skills, making progress in any area in life, and much more.
If we could sum up the term success in a few words, we can say that it means achievement, accomplishment, and getting positive results.
What Are the Keys to Success?
In this post, I would like to mention six of the main keys to achieving success and getting positive results.
First Key to Success – A Clear-Cut Goal
You need to know exactly what you want. If you do not know precisely what you want, you will not take the right action, go in the right direction, or make the right decisions.
When the goal is clear-cut, you can make plans and you know what steps you need to take.
Second Key to Success – Studying Your Goal
Learn about your goal. This would make it clear whether you really want to achieve it. Sometimes, we want something, but when we learn about it, we discover that we do not really want it.
Learn about your goal, so you know the details about it, what you need to do, what you need learn, and what changes you need to make in your life, so that you can accomplish it.
Third Key to Success – Patience
A tree does not grow and bear fruit overnight. Everything needs time to grow.
It takes time to build a business. It takes time to become a successful CEO. It takes time to learn drive a car, learn to swim, or speak fluently a foreign language.
Success in any area of life requires that you act patiently. Otherwise, if you don’t get immediate results, you might get impatient and quit.
You might meet obstacles and difficulties. There might be delays and failures. You need therefore, to stay patient and continue with your actions, despite the obstacles, difficulties, delays or failures.
You can develop patient by striving to be patient in all your actions and endeavors, and by developing self-discipline.
Fourth Key to Success – Persistence
Patience and persistence come together. When there is patience, there is persistence, and when there is persistence, there is patience.
Most people do not finish what they start due to lack of persistence. Just think how many things you could have accomplished if you were persistent in whatever you did up to now!
Often, if you were just a little more persistent you would have achieved what you set out to do. It is just like in the well-known story, about the person who was searching for gold. After digging to a certain depth and not finding gold, he quit and went away.
Another person came along and continued to dig at the same spot. After digging just a few more centimeters and found the gold.
It is the same in life. You need to persevere and not quit.
Fifth Key to Success – Motivation
This key is also associated with the previous keys. When there is motivation, there are also patience and persistence. Motivation supplies the ambition and desire to get successful results.
What can strengthen your motivation? Being constantly aware of the importance of your goal, its benefits, and the reasons why you want to achieve it, can keep the motivation level high.
Repeating affirmations, reading about successful people can be helpful too to increase motivation.
Sixth Key to Success – Confidence and Faith in Yourself
How much you believe in yourself has much to do with what you get in life. If you lack self-esteem and self-confidence, you will not take action, do new things or take risks.
For success, you need a certain degree of assertiveness, and the courage to get out of your comfort zone.
Make an experiment. Strive to follow all the keys described in the article and implement them in your life for one week. Then, follow them for another week. Start with small simple goals that do not take too long to accomplish.
After accomplishing a few small and simple goals, you will have more motivation and confidence to go after bigger goals.