We all want to be successful in life. We all want to be fulfilled by our work, family, relationships, and social life. And for many of us, we want something else. We want to be great at some thing that we believe defines us. You may want to be a great skater, writer, dancer, lawyer, teacher, computer programmer, entrepreneur, parent, or community organizer. It could be anything, really, that you wish to achieve. The question is, how bad do you want it?
Are you willing to make the sacrifices needed to achieve the success you dream of? Are you willing to alter your lifestyle to create the conditions needed to achieve the results you desire?
For example, if you wish to become a famous singer, are you willing to:
- Practice every day, without fail, to improve your craft?
- Develop and perfect a style that makes you stand out?
- Seek out and learn from singers with more experience than you?
- Join a band or a choir to give yourself exposure?
- Identify and network with people connected to the music business?
- Take risks and capitalize on opportunities to make yourself known?
- Remove naysayers and negative influences from your circle?
- Sing your best when the stakes are highest?
- Face rejection time after time without giving up on yourself?
- Work harder than you’ve ever worked at anything in your life?
If your answer to each of these questions is yes, then you’re on your way to having a shot at becoming successful. The difference between those who become successful and others who fall short may come down to who wants it most. By this I mean, who is willing to fight hardest for the longest?
Becoming successful is rarely instantaneous or easy. It takes a commitment to excellence. It involves belief in yourself and your ability to succeed. And it requires a willingness to do whatever it takes to put yourself in a position to succeed.
When I was 23, after I’d already dropped out of community college twice, I decided that I was going to graduate from college with honors. I knew I could no longer hang out with my friends at all hours of the night. I knew I had to break myself of vices that were holding me back. It wasn’t going to be enough to enroll in classes and just show up. I’d tried that already and failed miserably. I was going to have to learn to love school. I was going to have to outwork my peers and impress my professors every single day.
I wanted it so bad that I did just that. School became a competitive event for me. It was a thing that needed to be conquered. In the end, I graduated with honors and earned a scholarship to study Public Policy at Harvard.
I wasn’t a traditional college student. I worked full-time in a factory operating heavy machinery. I had to fit my classes in between my busy and physically exhausting work schedule.
I didn’t have an impressive academic background. I barely graduated high school after being told by my academic dean that I probably wouldn’t be allowed to graduate.
My study habits were non-existent, my discipline was weak, and my inner-circle consisted of a group of guys who all dropped out of high school and were either going in or just getting out of jail.
The odds were stacked so high against me, I don’t think anyone actually believed I’d ever make it somewhere like Harvard. But, what the naysayers didn’t understand was how badly I wanted to achieve academic success. I was willing to cut the negative influences from my life and literally push myself harder than I’d ever before pushed myself. It wasn’t easy, but I would not allow myself to be deterred. I wanted it more than I’d ever wanted anything. I was successful because I wanted it badly.
So how bad do you want it? That thing you wish to do, see, or become? Are you willing to make tough changes in your life? Are you willing to distance yourself from people who may not be compatible with your goals?
According to motivational speaker Eric Thomas, aka the Hip Hop Preacher, “when you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”
Check out the motivational video below. It really is about much more than just physical fitness. Get it? Got it? Good!