There is no elevator to success, you have to use the stairs.
Compliments of the New Year and welcome to 2019.
I believe, or rather know, that all of us want success. We would like to own that succesful business, drive that dream car, own that dream hous and so on.
We have dreams, goals, ambitions, visions and missions to accomplish in life. Some choose shortcuts in achieving this, whereas, others look for the road less travelled (the long road) to achieve it.
For most of us, things do not just happen overnight. Whether you have as many blessings as you might possess, you still have to work to make progress. This is not an easy path to follow. More likely than not, you may not be able to take shortcuts, may not be able to skip steps.
I know it is hard to follow the long “process” but do not give up. Keep climbing towards your goals. Hard work is the key. If you want a raise or promotion at work, you will have to prove yourself because it is not going to be handed to you.
Be consistent, and try rewarding yourself for each successful step you take towards your goal. That will keep you motivated. Take one small victory at a time, and keep climbing.
There are no magic pills, no magic devices, no magic books and no magic wand that will solve your problems.
If you want to succeed at something and you are focusing on why everyone else appears to be succeeding except for you; stop assuming everyone else that is successful has some “muti” or “secret” or “magic pill” that you do not have.
Where there is a will, there is a way. Make or take a decision on what you want and commit to not quitting until you achieve it. Make a commitment to the process. Nothing happens overnight. It is the journey. Be prepared to do all the hard work. Be determined and most importantly, be consistent.
Do the work not for a second, minute, an hour, a day, a week or a month, but rather, everyday until you reach your goal. You can never loose weight if you do not start and stick to a diet.
The staircase will teach you the value of journey and the lessons in your progress. Climbing stairs can be tiring and at times tedious, but it is the way you sustain the very things your dreaming of attaining. Anything that flings you forward can also throw you backwards.
Stairs keep your momentum consistent and the ground you gain becomes established. Do not waste months or more years of your life trying to leap where you should learn to climb. Do not wish away your days when you can take the same energy and take more steps.
The elevator only teaches you how to press a button and thus limiting your capacity inside its own ability. The elevator decides your journey and limits the number of people who can get in with you at any floor.
If all you are concerned with is arriving, then sure the elevator may appeal to you. Unfortunately, lessons learnt in the elevator are less, if any at all. Something worth keeping, is worth working and learning hard for it.
If your aspiration is to achieve great things, then the staircase should be your friend. Let the steps you take, be the success you seek and you will find you go a lot further than you thought possible and/or imagined.
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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane
Editor: FS News Online