The 5 Secrets of Achievers
Ever wondered what it really takes to live your dreams? What the great achievers of the world know that the rest of us don’t? Why some people do so much in life, and others never quite get there?
Well here are my five secrets. These are my own, personal takeaways that I’ve learnt over the years – the five things that have held true over and over again, that no one really talks about or teaches you, but are the absolute keys to living your dreams.
Whatever you want to achieve, you have to be passionate about it. It's not enough to just be interested or like it - you have to have passion. A burning passion that keeps you up at night dreaming about the possibilities and potential - until you're so wired you get up at 3am and start working on it. A passion that gets you so excited you can't imagine doing anything else, and one that's strong enough to pull you through the hours and hours of grunt work.
If you're doing something you're passionate about, work becomes play, and that passion will drive you to go the extra miles and become one of the best in your field.
And it's not just about your career! It can be yoga or watercolor painting or wood turning. It can be being passionate about raising well balanced kids, being a great wife, and having a gorgeous home. For most of us, there are are many things we are passionate about! I love to cook, and after many years of testing, I can now say I make some of the best Peach and Vanilla jam you'll find!
After passion comes vision - the channeling of all that raw energy and potential into a focal point or a goal - that picture you have in your mind of what success looks like.
And vision is also figuring out how you're going to achieve that picture. They say a goal without a plan is just a wish - and it's true. You can have all the passion and potential and dreams in the world, but without getting your vision clear and making a plan, I can guarantee you won't get there.
Crystallizing your vision and planning it out is crucial because it makes you say to yourself 'This is possible. And this is how I can achieve it. I just need to do this, then this, then this'. It gives you the blueprint to achieve your dreams. It gives you a clear path to follow. And it's the first step to achieving anything.
This is where most people first begin to stumble. Loads of people have enormous passion and talent, they know what they need to do and how to achieve it, but they never take the next step. Because they don't believe they can.
All sorts of really logical, grown up excuses come out. Work is crazy right now, I just don't have the time. We don't have the money at the moment. I need to focus on other things. I don't have the experience. I've never done anything like that before. I don't know what I'm doing... Trust me, no one who's never done something before knows what they're doing. You learn - that's the point.
All these excuses are really just saying 'I don't believe I can, and I'm scared.' We're all scared of things. It's just a matter of whether you're going to focus on that fear, or you're going to ignore it and focus on your vision!
I drafted this post out a few weeks ago, and as I started writing it today, I thought, 'Really? Achieving? Have I really achieved enough to start advising others on how to achieve? I mean seriously, aren't people going to look at this post and say 'Why would I take advice from her? She hasn't done anything much!'
But then I thought 'You know what, I want to share what I've learned through some hard lessons. So I'm going to do it. I believe I can contribute something meaningful to someone.'
And I shoved that fear aside and focused on writing a great post!