Why do we determine success as attaining things we don’t currently have?
I mean that’s really weird right? Saying ‘I will be successful when… I get… or this happens..’
That means success is always in the future and if we have programmed ourselves this way, then even if we achieve our original goal, it wouldn’t mean we are successful – Success will have just moved on to another destination.
We always tell ourselves the same story – when we finally arrive at ‘success’, our lives will be great, be so much easier, be so much happier.
We are literally telling ourselves a fairytale.
Take a moment to think about the story we tell ourselves – Life currently has its struggles, but you will persevere and work hard, then one happy day you will graduate and be ‘successful’. At this point life suddenly becomes easy, you will have more fun and you will be happier.
Does that sound like real life? Do you really think that happens to anyone?
Sorry to bust the bubble, but that story is simply just not true.
Success is not a destination, it never has been and never will be. There is no arrival – You will have challenges and difficulties no matter what. That is just life.
Success does exist though. It is in the actions you take everyday to become a better version of you. Success lives in the now, it lives in your development, it lives in your actions.
So if you desire success then there is only one question to answer – Will you choose the discipline required to take hold of the now, to live in the now, to improve yourself now?
The discipline to act in the now, is what creates your destiny. Discipline is what will make you the best version of you.
If you don’t choose the discipline of the now, then you will experience only one possible outcome – Regret.
- Discipline is the factor that gets you back on track, when you lose focus (and we all lose focus from time to time).
- Discipline is the factor that gets you moving forward quickly when you have failed or been rejected.
- Discipline is the factor that guarantees you will become the best version of you and the life that comes with that.
- Discipline is the factor that allows you to be successful now.
I choose discipline – I want to say at the end of my life that I gave it everything I have had. I cannot tolerate the thought of holding regret… of saying ‘what if’.
I urge you to choose discipline too.
Success is not a destination. Success is right now, in the actions you take. Choose to be the best version of you.
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When you reach the end of your life, will you be able to look back and say you lived a fulfilled life? A successful life?
Will you know?
What measurement criteria are you using?
Are you measuring yourself by that same criteria everyday?
This video asks all of these questions… and offers some ideas to help you ensure that when you do look back, it is with pride, achievement and joy.