What makes us successful in life and how do we achieve the dreams we wish to acquire? Here are some thoughts I had:
1. Visualize what you want and then make a plan of action on how to achieve it.
Often we have this vison of what we want for our careers, but I think it’s important to sit down and really determine how to make those dreams into a reality. Create steps toward achieving that goal and build a system to make that happen.
2. Face your fears and meet them head on
One of my friends gave me a plaque that says, “If you couldn’t fail, what would you do?” I have that sitting on my mirror and I look at it every morning before I go to work. To go into a project or start something new without that fear of failure hanging over my shoulder is a freeing feeling.
You’re going to face obstacles along the way in your career. People who fail you, things that don’t come out as well as you hoped, or life falls apart around your career. Staying focused and readjusting your needs are key. But more than anything, remember the people around you: your family and friends. Those are the people who will be with you whether you’re a success or failure.
3. Be PROACTIVE not REACTIVE
A successful person doesn’t wait for things to come to them, they make them happen.
4. Do What You Love
As a writer, I think this is so true. When we write what we love, our heart and soul pour into the pages. My agent and I were talking about what I should write next and he reminded me once again, that it’s important to know the market, but I needed to write the project that I was passionate about.
5. Work Hard
There is no easy path to writing a great novel. It takes sitting down and spending hours and hours with your butt in the chair. Beautiful writing and great storytelling take time and mutliple revisions. It requires looking at a story from mutlipe points of view and spending time with the characters in your world.
Being successful is hard work, it takes determination and the will to overcome impossible tasks. Are you ready to be successful?
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ” Walt Disney
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. ” Bill Crosby
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