Chasing success? Here’s why you’ll fail…

What do you want to be when you grow up? Many of us have seen our grand childhood dreams of becoming a great athlete, Oscar-winning actor or an awesome astronaut fizzle away as we’ve got older, and now all we are looking for is to be successful in all our endeavours.

Being successful is one of those things that sound so simple; all you need to do is set out your goal and get your head down to achieve it, but it’s just not that easy. Sometimes you stumble and hit a wall, and you don’t always know the best way to carry on. This is where the secret to success comes into play – it’s all down to your internal resilience. The way you approach your goals and how you tackle the inevitable issues can make or break your results.

Here are some of the most common issue that pop up and how you can have the resolve to get through them:

You want to give up

Well don’t! To get anywhere in life you are going to need grit and it’s essential to being successful. It’s the one thing that will make sure you never give up on yourself or your dreams. Having grit means you will be determined and also have the perseverance to keep working towards success. Having grit doesn’t mean you won’t experience setbacks, but it does mean you’ll figure out ways to get around them and never stop trying.

You care about what others think

Working on your own projects can be extremely satisfying, but you are likely to face some negative opinions on your ideas and the way you work for others who don’t necessarily understand what you are trying to do, or don’t want the best for you. You need to be able to distinguish between constructive criticism, good advice and pure negativity.

Try to find yourself a mentor or good peer group that you can discuss new ideas with so you get good feedback, but always remember that you call the shots, listen to your instincts and follow your own path.

You need constant validation

It’s easy to get validation when you work a regular 9-5, you get promotions, pay rises and have access to a wide network of people who can offer you good feedback. This is all great, but when you are working for yourself or trying to set up your own business, validation is not easy to come by, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Take your desire to get validation and use it to spur you on in your aim to succeed and keep pushing forward. You’ll soon get noticed for all the right things and begin to get the acknowledgement you deserve.


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