3. The will to succeed (determination).
My great concern is not who you are, whether you are rich or poor, or how many times you have failed, but whether you have the will to achieve the object of your desires.
It is one thing to have the determination to succeed and another thing to succeed in the midst of challenges. Determination is the willpower to succeed and the will to succeed is a resolute determination.
It is a burning desire to attain the object of your wishes. W.F Kumuyi once said, “Determination is the tenacity of purpose”. Determination, therefore, is stubbornness with a purpose.
Among the oft-quoted maxims in our language, there is none finer, or more replete with sterling truth, than that which often falls so lightly from man’s lips: where there is a will, there is a way.
He who resolves upon doing a thing, by that very resolution often scales the barriers through it, and secures its achievement.
The fact that mountains so often dwindle into molehills when we once resolutely determine to cross them shows the verity of the axiom that he who intensely wills to do a thing will find a way. An intense desire itself transforms possibility into reality.
When Zig Ziglar maintained that, “when obstacles strikes, change your direction to get to your destination not your decision to get there”, he was talking of determination – the will to succeed against all odds.
4. Make the right choices.
Choice is a decision that manipulates our thoughts, shapes our attitude, and reveals our actions. The choice you make, then, affects your attitudes and actions.
So, if your choice is not one that will impact and sustain your future, then it will destroy you and everything around you because the choices you make will invariably make you.
Dr. Ben Carson understands this when, from his own life, he opined “we create our own destiny by the way we do things. We have to take advantage of opportunities and be responsible for our choices”.
Your life is based on the foundation of your choice and you are the architect of that foundation. Lately, people have gotten so enlightened and informed on the fact that things don’t just happen, our actions and reactions make them happen.
That’s why you will often times hear people, these days, make statements like, “it’s a choice”, “the choice is yours”, “suit yourself”, “whatever…” etc stressing that things can only be the way we are or choose to be. Choices reveal your destination by influencing your actions. You are the product of the choices you make.
5. Work hard and smart.
Success is not all about planning but working out your plans. The one admonition I’ve heard and gotten to used to is “work hard”.
And I guess your folks or those around you have equally, at one time, told you the same thing. But I want you to understand clearly that there are two types of workers: those who work hard and those who work smart.
The difference? Those who work hard go after money while those who work smart attract money. Nobody ever recorded a huge success by working hard alone.
You can work hard without working smart, but you can’t work smart without working hard.
To achieve anything meaningful, you must imbibe the workable principle of hard work and smart work because the smarter the work, the higher the pay and the better the position.