Success is subjective as all of us have different goals and ambitions that are unique to our personality. The goals may be personal, professional, financial, relationships and other areas. Regardless of the goal, all of us want to be successful at whatever we have set out to achieve, however big or small.
Success is not defined by big or small, but how we go about it. Dreaming and visualizing the goal is just the first step. As soon as we set off on the path to achieve the goal/s we come across several obstacles. It is how we navigate these obstacles that transforms us and gives us the fulfillment of achievement. It is not actually the achievement of the goal itself. For instance, if you got your dream job the very next day after you thought about it, it would not mean as much. But if you struggled and toiled for it, and then got promoted, you would relish the experience of success much more.
Those who have the drive, passion and intense desire to succeed never give up on themselves, despite the pitfalls and failures along the way. They take the time to reflect on how to fix their mistakes or shortcomings and are back working at it with full zest. Remember, the sense of failure is all in your mind. But if you view these setbacks as stepping stones and as an opportunity to hone your capabilities, you will feel like a success attracting magnet.
If you have reached a reflective point in your journey, then it is time to take a pause. Below are a few quotes by successful personalities for whom success was the result of their time, energy and effort spent and the adversities they overcame. You can use these quotes during your reflective moments to get motivation and a little push towards realizing those goals. Good luck!
“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” – Swami Vivekananda
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” – Audrey Hepburn
“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee
“People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” – Tony Robbins
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Saying it is impossible to live without failing at something is impossible. Unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” – J.K. Rowling
“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller
“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” – Mark Twain
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
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