Throwing out an endearing motivational quote isn’t all we need to be successful. They’re great for a quick burst of motivational insight. They make us smile, lift us up, and warm our heart for that instant, but real success – the kind you work hard for - runs deeper than that. It’s not that easy.
If you want to run a marathon and you have only managed to run one mile at a time, you’re not ready for the marathon. You will have to prepare every day until you’re able to run 26 miles at once.
Fitness experts will tell you that physical shape is only half the battle when training for a marathon. Your body has to be in tune with your heart, mind, and emotional spirit. They all need to work together to help prepare you for the big day.
It’s the same with any end goal that you have in mind. Mental preparedness is key to your success. You have to take full ownership for your personal contribution to your success.
You Are Ready For Some Discomfort
You know that feeling when you stay in your pajamas all day on a rainy and cold day while binge watching your favorite show?
That’s what your comfort zone feels like. It feels fantastic.
Your comfort zone isn’t always a bad thing. It’s like your security blanket. Sometimes you need it. You need that place where you are free of anxiety and stress. You need a place where you feel secure but when you stay in it too long, you are confining your life to a small radius. Then you stop growing.
If you want to do something incredible, comfort is not the goal.
There must be some discomfort along the way because revolutionary thoughts are seldom born from the status quo. Until you are willing to stand out instead of fitting in and are willing to take a risk, your desired success will be hard to reach. It doesn’t get any more blatant than that.
You’re Done Making Excuses
Do you have an excuse for everything that has gone wrong? Is it always someone else’s fault for the things that have happened to you?
Excuses are nothing more than lies that we tell ourselves to justify our behavior. When we start making excuses, we let our dreams die a slow death because we don’t think we’re that person who can attain that dream. We start keeping our dreams at bay. We carry a laundry list of reasons with us that glide off our tongue like hot butter.
Here’s the deal: Things go wrong. And sometimes you’re responsible for those things that go wrong. Claim your power over the aspects of your life and own your responsibility.
No more excuses
You Have a Plan, Actions, and You’re Persistent Enough to Carry it Out
It’s not only excuses that keep our dreams hidden. It’s also because we don’t know how to go about turning them into forward-moving action plans. Many of us let our dreams die a slow death because they seem whimsical and we have ourselves convinced that what we want is so far-fetched that we can’t see how to connect our dream to reality.
But the more you keep thinking about your dream without locking it away, the more your subconscious mind starts working out ways to make it happen, instead of dismissing your dream as “just a dream.”
It’s great to dream big but dreaming big is not the same as having an actionable plan with concrete steps to make your dream a reality.
How do you get to your dream destination?
You put one foot in front of the other and start walking. But if you start out on a new journey without mapping your way, you may take a few detours along the way that can throw you off track.
Detours can take you miles out of the way so getting back on track takes persistence and determination. You have to be at ease knowing you may temporarily lose your way but are smart enough to execute your plan to the end.
Your Ego is in Check
Having a healthy ego is fine because if you doubt your abilities, so will everyone else. If your ego crosses the line to “know-it-all-ism,” that is problematic.
If your ego is operating from a place of self-interest and constantly seeking approval from outside forces, you are throwing up another road block to your success. Being able to accept feedback and being able to listen to varying perspectives expands your mind and opens it up to limitless possibilities. You can’t know what you don’t know so you must be secure and confident enough to take advice without worrying about protecting your delicate ego.
You Demand More of Yourself
You’ll be super-energized with positive emotions. You will have those moments when you are pushing the parameters of possibilities and you’ll feel aligned in all the right places. The impact you feel after crossing your comfort zone will linger. Your world awakens. You will see greater awareness and you’ll be mentally ready for success.
How mentally ready are you for your success?
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Johnston Osburn is a Career and Life Coach who helps people turn dreams into realities. After years as a Global Talent Acquisition Professional, she realized how frequently people limit themselves because they lack belief in their abilities. They are afraid to dream, let alone dream big. [...]