There are endless examples of people we personally know
or read about who against seemingly insurmountable odds
achieve whatever they set out to do. Success is never an
over night occurrence.
Entrepreneurs and researchers invest years of time, money,
and effort to produce the results they want. Aspiring movie
stars, artists, and musicians starve before becoming
internationally known. Many politicians get defeated in
numerous campaigns before the public accepts their
platform. Authors describe being rejected over and over
before a publisher accepts their manuscript.
What separates those who persevere from those who give
up? I believe the key is “willingness”. It is one’s
willingness to do “whatever it takes” to reach a goal that
ultimately produces the desired results. The journey one
travels to bring reality to a cause or a career is irrelevant.
What is relevant is that people who reach their goal know
quitting was never an option! I suspect in every situation
it was one’s belief in his or her success that outweighed the
Willingness is a state of mind. It is being open and receptive
to possibilities. It means taking responsibility for the
situations and conditions in one’s life. When someone
possesses a committed attitude, their confidence is elevated.
You feel powerful. You feel unstoppable. You are in control.
You are willing to pursue your dream regardless of the odds.
If we lived in a perfect world and you absolutely knew we
could eliminate fear and failure, what would you be willing to
do to achieve the results you wanted?
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to pursue your hobby as a new
career. Maybe there’s a book inside your head that needs to be
written. Have you considered returning to school to increase
your skills or learn new ones? Do you have a health issue
you’ve been ignoring because the plan of action seemed
Consider how different your life could be if you were willing to take
the necessary action to change its direction. Think of what success
would feel like if you were willing to do whatever it takes to get the
results you want.
Success is a state of mind. Your willingness to change your mind
and change your life is a decision only you can make. What are you
willing to do beginning now?