Success from Within
I have succeeded in almost everything I have started, and I believe everyone can do this; a person just needs to have the right attitude. Everything you do should be done with intention and then it needs to be followed through on. Whether the end goal remains the same, or changes course over time, as long as you are working toward a goal and complete it, you have succeeded.
First of all, you need to understand that you will never succeed if you don’t think you can. You have to start believing in yourself, and believing that you are capable of success. If you are the type of person that thinks that everything you do you fail at, then you are probably going to fail at most everything you set out to do. On the other hand, if you know you can do it, you have just mastered the first step of the process.
Don’t get me wrong, you do not have to always have a perfect attitude in order to succeed at the tasks you set out to do. I get frustrated and start to doubt myself often. The trick is to learn to set aside the goal for the time being and get back at it the next day, or modify the way you are going about it. Just don’t give up. There have been many times during a long run that I think I cannot make it; so I tell myself that I know I can go one more step. Then I just keep telling myself that until I have made it one more half mile, and when I get there, I know I can go one more half mile, and so on.
Secondly, you need to have the drive to not give up. You cannot succeed at a task if you give up the minute it gets hard or you run across an obstacle. I have never achieved anything worth achieving that has not gotten difficult somewhere along the way. I just refuse to give up. This is something I cannot explain very well. I was lucky enough to have been born with an inner drive to succeed, and I make sure that happens by not giving up.
Thirdly, you have to be realistic about what you believe success to be. To keep going with the running analogy, I should tell you that I have never been a natural runner. Even after completing two full marathons and 4 half marathons, I still find running three miles hard a lot of times! Success for me is not winning the race it is finishing it. I don’t even always run the whole way. I know that doing anything for 26.2 miles is super hard, even 13.1 miles is very hard. If I have to walk part of it, fine. It is still a huge success to get to the finish line.