This has to be one of my most favorite questions that I ask prospective and current clients. I do acknowledge that each person, when asked that question, indicates their desire and commitment to increase their success, different as it may be for each. Unfortunately, few actually act on it. Here is what I mean (in no particular order) by having the courage to do what it takes to be successful:
- Realize that success is not some silver-bullet approach or formula but it takes hard work to reach.
- Have the discipline to execute and do what you say you will do.
- Develop the utmost accountability to mobilize yourself either by find doing so yourself or create the support system around you to do so.
- Sustain and increase a high left of self-esteem so you have the confidence to walk your talk, act as a peer to others and push back when necessary.
- Learn to say no when it does not make sense or does not feel right.
- Discard the items, opportunities, business in your life that you should let go of.
- Invest in yourself and your development consistently.
- Learn to seize the moment, recognize and act on opportunities around you.
- Unless you’ve been fortunate to be able and delegate all of that stuff you hate, learn to do it first.
- Learn to deal with adversities, be light on your feet to quickly bounce back form set backs.
- Find your true passion so work becomes play and play becomes work. When these lines of demarcation have become blurry, you’ve made it!
- Commit to doing what’s right, giving back and improving the lives of your family, friends, clients, colleagues, partners, you, your community and perhaps even the world.
Life is way too short. So while you are at it, why not make it the best?
How would you answer this question?
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