I’m not talented nor am I gifted with a ridiculously high IQ. Most of the success in my life is based on nothing more than a collection of sweat, blood and ample tears.
Regardless of circumstances, handicaps and persistent challenges, success is just one more failure away.
Failure, as many of you know, can make or break. Its power comes from the attitude and thoughts which wrap themselves around your brain and heart. In truth, without care, failure and success are meaningless. However, when you alter your perception of failure and view it as a teachable lesson, the scariness of failure evolves into acceptance.
The acceptance that failure may be inevitable is realistically unavoidable but the conscious decision to continue making an attempt will greatly influence the development of grit and inner strength.
With grit and inner strength, nothing can truly defeat or hold you back from accomplishing big things.
Through countless hurdles and crushing adversity, life has taught me the 3 undeniable rules of success. I want to share these rules in hope of helping you adjust from an incorrect attitude to an optimistic one along with the possibilities of growth and success.
1. Consistent Hard Work Accumulates Results
According to the cumulative effect, the more action you take, the more results you achieve. Sometimes, results are invisible and require a long period time to become visible. Point being, hard work, day in and day out, contributes the most to achieving any goal or dream.
It’s easy to get tangled in a web of frustration when nothing seems to pan out at first. Don’t be fooled by this scenario. If you struggle and try to force movement, it will only wrap you deeper into this web of frustration and disappointment. Instead, avoid falling into it altogether.
Draw up a roadmap for your 3 largest goals. Scatter significant actions across many days, weeks or months until you reach success. Ultimately, put your plan into motion. Forget about the result and direct all your focus to the process.
When the results pile up, so will growth and happiness.
At the end of the day, forward movement is essential in all of our lives. Make it a personal mission to engage in rigorous work daily. I don’t think there’s a better investment one can make today for a better tomorrow.
2. Your Best Attempt Is Your Next Attempt At Success
Complacency is the acceptance of defeat. When we indulge ourselves in what will eventually become average, our habits and performance-expectations plummet.
The thing is, none of us are ever too old or too young to chase after high standards. Regardless of modern day norms or the pursuit of ease, the instinctual nature to chase bigger prey irrespective of harsher conditions has been something ingrained in mankind since the caveman era.
Rather than allow ourselves to be consumed by the thought of easiness, an indulgence in uncomfortable challenges offers greater benefits.
Essentially, aim to be comfortable at chasing after the uncomfortable.
If you’re insanely good today, test your abilities against a set of challenges that could possibly shake the firm ground you stand on. Trust me, overcoming a shaky ground will cement your feet in greatness.
As a rule, I always try to outdo myself as a writer. Heck, even at typing, I’m always looking to test how fast or for how long I can type. Every day, without fail, I bump up my projected word counts and shorten the expected time of completion.
Try your best today because tomorrow, you’ll try even harder. Live by that rule and witness your tremendous evolution.
3. Avoid Indulging Yourself In Self-Sabotage
I love patterns and puzzles (although mathematics can get on my nerves at times). When a pattern stretches on for too long, it grows to such a point that backtracking to the beginning can be harder than expected.
Go ahead, multiple 13 for about 15 times. Afterward, recite the pattern backward. Which is harder? For me, it’s the latter.
What I’m getting at is that the accumulation of negative actions is often the hardest to undo. Whenever you set a goal, plan and initiate action, you are in a state of flow towards an eventual positive outcome.
However, when you interrupt that flow of movement and substitute a negative action in place of the planned action, it breaks the chain of movement and redirects it towards a negative outcome.
This is self-sabotage.
If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you’d know that cravings are a reality. More so than physically, the psychological craving for junk (even though it’s terrible for your goal) can be overpowering at first.
Fight your urges by sticking to the changes you’ve implemented and the results will appear.
As good results appear, those cravings actually lessen until they disappear. But, when you give into your cravings, not only does it undo the progress you’ve made, it increases your likelihood to indulge in a craving twice as much.
Eventually, you binge eat, regain the weight you lost and add even more. You’re not back to where you started, you’re worse off.
The truth is simple – Avoid giving into cravings that are self-sabotaging.
If a craving is overpowering, you’re in the perfect situation to regain inner strength and power by overcoming it. If, however, you give in to your cravings, it will feed off whatever little resolve you have and grow stronger.
Do it once and you’ll likely do it again until a pattern forms. As you very well know, patterns are difficult to backtrack from when you’ve progressed too far.
So, here’s the thing, even if you’ve made this mistake countless times (which I assume all of us have made), the trick is to approach today with a clean slate. This requires you to spend very little time staring into the past so that your weaknesses don’t determine your actions today.
Not tomorrow, TODAY!
Your next attempt which is your best attempt happens today.
What rules on success would you like to add? Let me know in the comment section below.
Zak Khan is a full-time writer and author who shares his insights on productivity, self-development and writing over at Zakwrites.com
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