The path to success does not look the same for every person. However, there are milestones for success that are common on everyone’s paths. These are milestones that let you know that you’re on to something amazing. People often tend to make the same mistakes on their paths to success which block the road ahead. If you feel like you’ve veered off from your plan, don’t panic! Find out what went wrong and get back on track using these clues for success.
Step 1: Face Problems Head On
The first step you might be missing is that you’re not facing a problem head-on. Many people choose to ignore certain problems because they don’t want to feel any sort of discomfort. Acknowledging and responding to these problems usually involves doing things you would rather not do – such as… having an awkward or difficult conversation with someone. Admitting that you made a mistake or that something isn’t working. Taking the time to have that mole on your shoulder checked out by a doctor. Or taking your car to the mechanic to check out that noise in the engine that doesn’t sound right.
Be Willing to Ask a Challenging Question
Successful people face problems head on. They’re willing to experience being uncomfortable, ask a challenging question, ask for feedback, or have a difficult conversation. They know that if initial problem alerts are ignored, they often develop into much bigger problems that can fester and grow into huge roadblocks that can prevent you from moving forward toward your goals.
Step 2: Respond to Problems Quickly
The second step you might be missing is that you aren’t responding quickly when a problem arises. When you develop the habit of responding quickly and decisively to problem alerts as they happen, life becomes easier. You’re able to eliminate problems before they occur and achieve greater levels of success much faster. But, learning how to recognize and respond to problem alerts isn’t always easy. It requires awareness, dedicated discipline, and a willingness to experiment and take risks. You have to prepare to look at your own shortcomings and be willing to hear uncomfortable truths. It’s only when you face what isn’t working that you’re able to explore better options. You can come up with a better way of getting the results you want.
Step 3: Take Responsibility For Your Life
The third step you might be missing on the path to success is that you aren’t taking 100% responsibility for your life and your results. We all know that there is only one person responsible for the quality of the life you are living. And that person is you! Everything you are experiencing is a result of your doing or not doing; your income, your debt, your relationships. Your health and your level of fitness. Even your happiness or lack of happiness.
Create the Life YOU Want to Live
If you’ve been ignoring the problem alerts in your life, take responsibility for that. And if you’ve been dragging your feet about taking action on those problem alerts, take responsibility for that too. It’s only you that you are scaring by imagining negative outcomes instead of positive outcomes by taking those actions. Successful people take full responsibility for their thoughts, images, and actions. They don’t waste their time and energy blaming and complaining. Instead, they evaluate their experiences and decide if they need to change them or not. Successful people face the uncomfortable and take the necessary actions to create the life they want to live.
Steps 4 & 5: Believe It’s Possible & Believe in Yourself
The next steps you might be missing are that you don’t believe it’s possible and you don’t believe in yourself. If you are going to be successful in creating the life of your dreams, you have to believe that YOU are capable of making them happen. Whether you call it self-esteem, self-confidence, or self-assurance, it is a strong belief that you have what it takes. You have the abilities, inner resources, and talents to create your desired results. You have to choose to have an unwavering faith in yourself. Make the decision to embrace the belief that you create all your experiences—both the good and the bad.
Obstacles Are Part of the Process
I know that sounds a little strange, but accepting this level of responsibility is the only true path to success and in turn, personal power. It means you can do, change, and be anything you want. Stumbling blocks become little hills to hop over. There will always be obstacles to overcome. They are there to test your commitment and to require you to get better to overcome them. They are there to help you grow.
Resisting a Goal is Resisting Your Growth
Every resistance to your goals is an assistance to your growth. And your growth – the achievement of personal mastery – is the ultimate goal in life. Make a commitment to replace complaints with positive, encouraging language. Examine the things you complain about and do something about them.
Take Action TODAY!
Remember to take a deep breath, and trust that gut feeling. Once you are able to recognize the warning signs, you can eliminate obstacles from impeding your path to success. Make the choice to believe in yourself and what you are doing. In the end, the “hurdles” you have faced will seem minuscule compared to your achievements. Keeping these 5 overlooked steps in mind, I want to leave you with a bit of homework to complete. Write down 2 problem alerts you have been ignoring or 2 obstacles you are currently confronted with. Write down 2 ways you can begin taking action on them TODAY and hold yourself accountable.