Your Success System
Your success system is not a gimmick. It’s not a get rich scheme created by someone to swindle you out of your hard-earned money. Your success system is something you create. It’s a mindset and an idea of success that is unique to you.
You can’t define your success system by material possessions or the letters behind your name. It’s all subjective, and it’s determined by how you interpret it. Still, there are five key elements to success. You can call it a system. In fact, a system is what it is. Still, it will not give you particular results and it may or may not lead to mountains of money.
To have the kind of success that will bring you happiness and the life you want to live, you need a clear path. You need all five elements of this success system to achieve real and lasting success. Regardless of how you feel about success and what it brings.
Motivation is a major factor in creating success but that all depends on how you look at it. It depends on your perspective of success and what motivates you.
True, you can have the motivation to go to work in a job you hate out of fear that you’ll be homeless otherwise. Fear is not the motivation I want you to strive for, and it’s not the perspective of motivation I want you to place your focus.
Most importantly, your success system depends on motivation. The kind of motivation that inspires you, the kind that comes from sparks of curiosity. We define this motivation by the interest in something that you care about deeply. This kind of inspiring motivation is not what inspires you to avoid the loss of essential needs.
Not all sparks have the fuel that will ignite the flame you need to realize your purpose. Still, you have to explore all your sparks so that they can lead you to your ultimate goal.
Having purpose is the ultimate motivator, but it’s not that easy to come by for a lot of us. In fact, trying to find the elusive meaning in our lives can leave us more lost and confused than ever. So follow the sparks, without any other intention. Let them motivate you and let them die out. Explore the sparks, and one day your spark will turn into a flame.
Commitment is all about mindset. You will find it in the words that you use and the actions that you take. Commitment is a shift in how you view what you’re doing.
I’m not talking about the promises you make to others or commitments that go against what you value. I’m speaking of the commitment you make to yourself.
When you decide to get in shape with a trainer, you make your body do things you never thought possible. Your body doesn’t get tired. Your mind tells it it’s tired, your trainer knows this. Still, it’s up to you to commit to doing what it takes to get what you want. For example, I should start doing push-ups” is not a commitment. I will do 100 push up today written out on your calendar for you to look at every day,” is a commitment.
So commitment is about mindset, and about the agreements, you make with yourself. Making a specific plan of action, writing it down and using this will make the commitment real.
Planning is a tool for creating a commitment to yourself. If you think up a plan but don’t write it down, it’s not real and tangible. A written document is profound. It doesn’t go away. Even if you throw it away, it still exists. The plan will always be a reminder that you broke a commitment. You may not care anymore, but if you do, you’ll remember, and there’s power in that.
When it’s written down, and you find yourself saying “I can’t,” you know you have to find a way to prove yourself wrong.
“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force, but through persistence.” Ovid
Persistence is a component of commitment. For example, when you make a commitment to yourself to be successful. Part of that commitment to your goal is to be persistent in your actions to archive them.
Commitment is not the same as being persistent. You can persistently knock your head on a brick wall. At some point, either you or the wall will give. There comes the point when you have to back up and ask yourself if there’s a better way.
Consistency should be part of your success system from the beginning. Consistency reflects your standards, ethics, and beliefs. This ideal should be prevalent at all stages in your quest for success and happiness.
Consistency does not waiver. Still, it is of particular importance when you know the plan. It shows you’re confident you’re on the right path, and you have committed to your purpose.
Consistency creates trust, not only from others but confidence in yourself as well.
The application of motivation, commitment, and consistency builds momentum. This rule is valid both in your work and your life. This energy is where things get exciting.
Your uphill battle is over. You made it to the top.
This space is where people start taking notice. Now it’s easier to keep motivated. You no longer second guess your commitment to success. Consistency has become a habit, something that happens subconsciously, without effort. It’s exciting, life is good. However, it will never come without the struggle and the sacrifice you endured to get here.
Although momentum is sweet, it comes with new goals, new and bigger mountains to move. The beauty of it all is that you’ve already proven that you can conquer the mountain. You are a success.
Now that you’ve conquered the mountain, you’re going to want to make it move. I don’t know why I just got a Miley Sirus song stuck in my head, hmm.
Movement is where you start changing yourself. You also inspire the people around you to make a change. A lot of us think about this part long before we’ve found momentum, even before we’ve found motivation.
Movement, before you’re ready, will cause overwhelm. So be careful that you don’t try to move too fast or skip steps.
This stage of your life is where you become the role model. The standard for others to follow, but you can’t get here before you do the hard stuff. Start with mastering motivation, commitment, and consistency. From this, you will gain momentum and create movements.
When you’re at the stage of progress, you become motivation and inspiration for others. This process of growth is only another example of the circle of life.
It’s a beautiful thing.
To get you started on the right path toward the success you deserve and the first step of your success system I recommend you read Drive. This is an extremely valuable piece of writing and it will open your eyes and give you a profound insight into what motivates us. Good luck on your journey, see you on the other side!