SECRETS OF SUCCESS
“[S]uccess is the ongoing process of striving to become more. It is the opportunity to continually grow emotionally, socially, spiritually, physiologically, intellectually and financially while contributing in some positive way to others. The road to success is always under construction. It is a progressive course, not an end to be reached.”
These lines by Tony Robbins in his book ‘Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement’ beautifully and comprehensively depict success. Success is not an end in itself but a continuous process; a process to keep on relentlessly improving. It entails the process of learning, unlearning and re-learning.
Success does not mean only a good career and financial stability; it is a holistic phenomenon that continuously occurs with improvement every time. It demands learning and growing emotionally. A man can be truly successful if he continuously strives to become a better person and contribute productively to the society. Success entails not only intellectual growth, but also keeps on feeding your soul and nourishing and developing it.
The first and foremost step is having a dream and vision. It is utterly indispensible. It kindles the fire within to be successful. It demands looking to your calling. It has magnetic power and makes a person resourceful. Everyone has inner voice that guides you about what you actually want to pursue. It sharpens your belief and lightens your path. It is the dream or the vision that ensures that something incredible can happen to you. As Paulo Coelho says in Alchemist, “It is the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” Because only your dreams enriching into a vision make you experience the victory. It makes you able to savour the joy of success. A great vision makes you believe in your potentials.
A vision can only lighten your path if it is further nourished by belief, the second step. Having belief in yourself, your potentials and your persistent hard work is very important to tread the path to success. Belief does not let your direction fade. You must believe your intuition, your passions and the inner calling. As it is said whether you think you can, or you cannot, you are right.” Belief is having trust and confidence in your capabilities. It is actually trusting yourself even after falling for seven times, knowing that you would get it at eighth. Belief is continuously following your inner light despite darkness, even if the whole world tries to pull you down. It does not evaporate even if you have meager resources. A strong belief makes you determined and sets your attitude rightly.
The third important step is having right attitude. It means how you respond to your belief. As it is rightly said ‘will beats skill’, a right attitude determines your future. Are you willing to put in every effort with an optimistic attitude? Are you willing to go an extra mile? Are you willing to pay the price for your dream, strengthened by your belief? Are you willing to work harder persistently? Are you willing to sacrifice your desires to your duties that your dreams pose on you? Are you still willing to start again after falling when your peers have achieved their targets? These are the questions that determine your attitude. Your attitude makes you act, and not react; because if you have negative, pessimistic attitude to any happening, you forget to follow the next step that is ‘action’.
Action is the pivot of the wheel. Since the path to success is to take determined and continuous action, you cannot just be lying on your bed and devising a strategy how to hit the ball to win the game. For this, you have to get up, act and play in the ground applying your strategy smartly and with a right attitude. Action demands hard work. It requires you to continue striving for your growth and development in any field. Success is all about consistency and that consistency comes through action. And if you have positive attitude, your action will be right and productive. But if you have a negative attitude, your action would take you away from your goals, because positive action combined with positive thinking leads to success. It is said that the only difference between success and a failure is the ability to take action. And action must be followed with discipline.
Discipline is the last and most important rung of the ladder. It is to do the action again and again, with same right attitude and energy. Discipline demands you to continue even when you feel not at par with the requirement. It is a bridge between your goals and accomplishments. Discipline is the yardstick of measuring your success. Self-discipline means organizing yourself and consistently pursuing your goals. No doubt it is painful and hard, because it demands you to do continuously what comes outside your comfort zone. But, it, then, ends up in sweet reward. And discipline, in the end, shapes your character and exalts it to sublimity. Discipline is the foundation upon which the edifice of success is built. Lack of discipline inevitably leads you to failure.
I will conclude this write-up with the assertion that success is a process, a continuous process. It starts with discovering your dream and visualizing it. It is about believing your vision and nourishing it with right attitude. Your right attitude determines your right action and self-discipline makes you continuously strive with persistence. And in all this process one grows emotionally, becoming capable of controlling one’s emotions and deal with every situation pragmatically. This continuous struggle feeds the soul and makes it grow. It nourishes and develops the intellect and makes you a better person with beautiful career and financial stability as well. Success is the combination of all these things. Therefore if we start climbing these five steps of ladder religiously, we can eventually end up a successful person in a true sense. Former British prime minister and a statesman par excellence, Winston Churchill, rightly remarked: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” Therefore, success is not an end, it is a continuous journey of striving to improve more and more and never relent.