The Top 5 Things You Can Do To Guarantee Your Success
Like every action having an equal or greater reaction, there are certain things that you can do to consistently come out on top in terms of achieving your goals.
Some refer to it as Karma, while others see it as a sow what you reap reality.
Whatever your beliefs or views, one thing is clear . . . if you do enough of the right things consistently success, while maybe delayed, will ultimately not elude you.
So what are these top 5 things you can do to guarantee success?
1. Deliver More Than You Promise
What if you finished your box of Cracker Jack, only to discover that there was no prize?
Far too often in today’s world we accept good enough as being well . . . good enough.
Like the old tagline from the large retail chain that heralds “get the max for the minimum,” it seems that standards of delivery have increasingly been compromised to a point of diluted excellence. What would have been seen as a mediocre effort a few years ago, is now seen as being the norm.
Granted that there is pressure on people in the workforce to do more with less resources. But to really stand out, you have to exceed expectations as opposed to simply yielding to them.
When you do more than what is expected, your are establishing a new level of excellence and therefore creating a personal brand that stands out from the crowd.
2. Be Generous Often, And Without Hesitation
We have all heard the saying about how charity or generosity begins at home.
But here is the thing, the more generous you are with your time such as mentoring a new fellow employee, or helping someone with a tough assignment at work, the more meaningful connections you will make with people.
After all, no one truly gets to where they are in life without the help and goodwill of others.
Even though it is easy to get caught up in the demands of everyday living, when you generously give of your time to others, the payback at some point down the road, will be far greater than your original investment.
3. Be The Best You Can Be . . . Always
Excellence is not an occasional event brought about by intense moments of effort, sandwiched between long periods of just showing-up.
Being the best you can be is a self-determined way of thinking. It is the commitment to give it your all, even when doing so goes against everything you might be thinking and feeling at a particular time.
After making the decision to quit baseball, Gena Davis’ character tells her coach – played by Tom Hanks, that playing the game is just “too hard.”
Hanks character’s response . . . “it’s supposed to be hard, if it wasn’t, then everyone would do it” spoke volumes.
He then said “The hard is what makes it great!”
Being the best you can be isn’t always easy, but it is always great in terms of realizing your dreams.
4. Never Quit . . .
Calvin Coolidge once said the following:
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
In this one statement, Coolidge said everything you will ever need to know about the importance of persistence and determination.
5. Be Honest With Integrity
I was once asked what the difference was between honesty and integrity.
This is one of those questions in which you instantly think you have the answer, but in a moments pause realize that there is more to the question than you probably realized.
Honesty quite simply means telling the truth, while integrity means having high moral character and living by a strict set of ethics and principals. Specifically, doing the right thing, regardless of its impact on you.
Interestingly enough, you can have honesty without integrity, but you cannot have integrity without honesty.
So while it is important to always be honest and to tell the truth, having integrity requires more. It is an unwavering call to action, to be true to your values – even when doing so creates hardship.
While there are without a doubt other factors in terms of achieving success – feel free to add your own in the comment section below, I have found that the above five when consistently applied, produce amazing results.