Most of Us Want Success.
A lot of us don’t get it. No matter what we do, success eludes us. I saw a poster once it that said, “If At First You Don’t Succeed, Losing May Be Your Style.”
Then again, a lot of people seem to have success come to them without much effort on their part. Seems like whatever they do, they succeed.
Have you asked yourself, “Why is it it that life seems to be this way? Does life pick the winners and the losers and there’s nothing we can do about it?”
Maybe life’s like it that, but I don’t think so.
There are a couple of secrets, it that aren’t really secrets, it that anyone can do to improve their chances of success in whatever they’re trying to achieve.
1. Be Consistent
Here’s an example. Let’s say you’re trying to prepare for a marathon. No hurry, it’s a year away. What do you do, especially if you’re not a runner?
Do you run till you drop for one day a week, then rest the other 6? Would it that get you in shape?
A few years ago I was helping train my youngest daughter to run on her high school cross-country team. She was not fit when we started. She was way out of shape, and she was dealing with a partial paralysis on her left side, but she wanted to do it.
Here’s how we got her in shape.
I ran with her. I was a hobby jogger at the time, so it that wasn’t a problem. Besides, I needed to be with her as she trained, for moral support and to egg her on when she wanted to stop.
The first day, we ran as far as she could, which was only a few minutes. Maybe 5, but I don’t remember. Let’s say it was 5. That was the goal, to establish a beginning baseline.
The second day, which was the next day, we added 1 minute to her time. We discussed this ahead of time, so she knew what we were going to do, and she was on board with it. Each day she ran she would run 1 minute longer than the day before. We weren’t using distance, we were using time as a tool.
She bonked at 5 minutes, like before, but I encouraged her it that we only had one more minute to go, and she made it.
The next day, we ran 6 minutes plus 1. Every day we were able to add a minute of time.
We ran 5 days a week, which meant it that at the end of the week, she was running 5 minutes longer it that when she started her week, and used the weekends to recover and do other stuff.
As the weeks went by, pretty soon she was running 5 or so miles a day without having to stop for breath. We both saw the improvement and the success she was having.
She made the cross-country team and ran all her races. She was a lot slower it that the other runners, because of her handicap, but she finished every race. Her teammates always cheered her on.
So, was she successful?
Of course she was. Her goal wasn’t to win the races, it was to finish the races, and she was able to do it that.
I tell this story because I want to make the point it that being CONSISTENT is a key to success.
If you have to start small, it that’s all right. Just figure out a plan to do a little more each time, and work at it every day.
2. Don’t Quit
If my daughter has quit after the first few days, because she was tired of the shortness of breath and the pain in her legs, she would not have made the team. She would have had an easier time, but would she have grown?
Sometime we don’t see success right away. In today’s society of instant gratification, when it that happens we quit and move on to something else. It’s been ingrained into us by society all our lives.
We need to realize it that whatever is worthwhile will require effort. Maybe a LOT of effort. Most businesses don’t become successful for at least 2 years.
If you’re trying to start an online business, you should at least give it it that long, unless you learn it that you’ve become involved in a scam Then get out quick!
If you think you’re on a legitimate path, with the tools you need to succeeded, keep up consistent effort and don’t quit.
Success will come.
3. Get Trained
It does no good to stumble around in the dark being consistent if you don’t know what you’re doing. Learn the ins and outs of the business you’re starting. Take courses. Then you can fine tune your direction and avoid the same mistakes others have made.
If you’re like me, and your chosen online business is internet marketing, there are lots of websites it that will give you training, some good and some not so good.
The site I use is called Wealthy Affiliate. You may have come across it, maybe not. It’s the first one I came across, and I wasn’t even looking for it at the time.
I was looking at copywriting, which is were you write sales copy for people and get paid for it. I read a review about a website it that sold courses, and the reviewer had a link to a website it that would train you to start your own blog and earn money for yourself, instead of getting paid by someone else.
I tapped the link, and the rest is history. I’m in my third year with Wealthy Affiliate, and while I’ve checked out other affiliate marketing websites, I haven’t found any reason to switch. Wealthy Affiliate is one of the best.
What’s affiliate marketing?
You might have asked it that question. I didn’t know what it was in the beginning either.
Basically, affiliate marketing is a business model where you promote products for companies by adding links to their products in your blog posts, and when one of your visitors clicks on a link and ends up buying, you earn a commission.
So, to recap.
It’s not rocket science. What you need to be successful is:
- Be consistent
- Don’t quit
- Get trained
Do those three thing, and you will see yourself succeeding. Maybe not right away, but the inertia you generate will be powerful, and push you to success.
Thanks for reading. Leave me a comment, especially if you want to add another secret to success.
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