‘That shall be: – this is the only law of success.’ –Mirabeau
There are so many laws bandied around about what it takes to live a successful life.
But at the end of the day it is so important to at times simplify, simplify, simplify.
By decluttering one’s mind we are better able to create a laser focus on what ‘that shall be’ for both you and for me.
We live in a world of distraction, where people are flying from one venture to another, from one app to the next, from one website to another, from one television channel to the next, from one blog article to another, from one expert over to listen to another expert – a podcast here and a video there.
Always flicking. Always flitting. Never still. Never completing.
Absolute and total confusion, lack of direction and may I say it – you will wake up in twenty years wondering what the heck you have done with your life, and why on earth you haven’t yet built the lasting legacy you thought you would have built in the past two decades.
Allow me to draw you aside, just for a short moment, to consider this powerful statement that was written many years ago: ‘That shall be: – this is the only law of success.’
What Property Development Has Taught Me About ‘That Shall Be’
Currently I’m pursuing property development, and at present I am focusing in on residential subdivisions.
Property has always interested me, and I decided that becoming a property developer, apart from everything else I do, was my personal ‘that shall be’ that I must pursue at this time of my life.
My mentor, at the outset, said that once we identify the sector that we wish to pursue, whether residential, aged care, industrial, professional office space or retail/commercial it was important to stay within that one sector, and successfully complete a number of deals within that sector, before moving on and exploring others.
Because we must first become experts in one area – for that shall be our focus – and in that we will be a success.
Then and only then do we move on to another sector to explore our next ‘that shall be’.
It is so easy to prematurely step out of one area and into another – especially when it comes to real estate.
However, discipline and instruction from my mentor (for he learnt from his own personal mistakes of doing just that a number of years ago), who has nearly a billion dollars worth of property deals under his belt, tells me that I should listen and obey his directives without questioning.
So what should you do in your personal pursuit for success?
Here are four ideas to stimulate your thinking.
1. Uncover Your ‘That Shall Be’
‘That shall be’ is in fact a statement of faith.
We see it. We say it. We do it.
I remember the day that I decided to start a web design company. I was neither a web designer nor did I have a technical bone in my body. That was irrelevant. A web design company, with me at the helm, was my ‘that shall be’.
I did the same many years before, when I was retrenched and declared to my family that I would never again work in a full-time capacity for another man, and started a cleaning company.
I repeated the process when I purchased a hair salon, which in the past 18 months has grown by 75%.
Nothing stopped me when I self published my first book – one of three that I successfully sold internationally.
I did this when I wrote a stage musical.
None of these ventures at the time were built upon the foundation of knowing all the ins and outs of these industries. They were built upon the fact that I knew that I was born to be an entrepreneur, and that I would find the finances, the teams, the resources, and the clients to build successful and thriving businesses.
I did this when I started writing a motivational and inspirational blog that now reaches people from 191 nations around the globe.
I am doing the same with my property development ventures.
What is your ‘that shall be’?
When I embarked on this entrepreneurial journey, many decades ago, I started out doing one thing and doing it well.
With added skill and experience I have been able to add multiple ventures to my portfolio. You will do the same in time.
2. Study Your ‘That Shall Be’
Every step of the way there has been a mentor in my life. They have helped me to study my ‘that shall be’ and have guided me. I have chosen time and time again to sit at the feet of the experts, and to dine at the table of those far more successful than myself.
At times I have purchased a coffee for my mentor as I sat down in a café and asked them questions while taking copious notes. Other times I have spent thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars to draw upon their expertise from all parts of the globe.
I have studied to become an entrepreneur, and with each industry change I have once again put on the hat of the student and gone back to school as it were.
I am a student in the ‘University Of Success’ and Professor Failure has been one of my greatest teachers. But the older I get the more I realize that if I pay heed to what my mentors teach me, there are many failures that I can avoid and many pitfalls that I can sidestep.
One of the greatest skills though that I have acquired is the ability to ask better questions. The better the questions, the better the answers.
At times you may struggle, like I have, to find these questions, but with persistence you will discover that the questions can be found and that the answers are freely available to those who are voraciously hungry for success.
3. Do ‘That Shall Be’
So many people want the easy road. If you’re not willing to work hard then forget ever experiencing any form of lasting success.
The more successful I become the harder I work.
Work for me has become fun. It’s not about the money. It’s about the game.
I love the challenge to stretch myself, to learn new things, to overcome impossible odds, to achieve unreachable dreams, to take the detours, to climb mountains, to delve into the valleys and wake up with a fresh and growing dream that will carry me from one day to the next with renewed excitement and energy.
But this does not come by sitting around waiting for things to happen. We must be proactive. We must take the initiative. We must lead and not simply follow.
Do more. Expect more. Reach for more. And in your reaching take out some time to find someone who may be trailing behind, and lend them a helping hand.
4. Live ‘That Shall Be’
There is nothing more wonderful than to start living your dream.
All the faith, and all the blood sweat and tears that you have invested throughout the years are finally coming to pass in your life.
The dreams. The hopes. The plans. The goals.
All coming together to form the ‘that shall be’ that was pronounced, sometimes years or even decades ago, when you looked as though you didn’t have a chance of making it.
This is success.
‘That shall be’ – from the very inception of the thought to the final performance.
So do you stay there and soak up the victory? Not for long.
Now is the time to move forward to your next ‘that shall be’.
Your future success awaits you. This is the only law of success.
Peter G. James Sinclair is in the ‘heart to heart’ resuscitation business and inspires, motivates and equips others to be all that they’ve been created to become. Receive your free inhalation of ‘motivational’ life by subscribing to his ultra-positive and super-inspirational Motivational Memo Blog .
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