I can't stress how important it is to follow through completely on your ideas in achieving success. Oftentimes this is the single deciding factor between success and failure. Most of the people in the world that we remember as great inventors and innovators are only the textbooks because they didn't give up. It took Thomas Edison over 1000 tries before he perfected the working lightbulb. I know most people have heard that story and statement and we go, "Wow, that's a lot!" That's a TON of failures - and that was only one of his thousands of patents he developed in his lifetime. Can you imagine if he had given up on failure number 300? We might still be in the dark!
So, You Have an Idea or Vision?
Write or Sketch Out. Draw or write down exactly what your idea is so you can see it, get a clear picture of what you're hoping to achieve, define it precisely and develop/organize it.
Consider Your Resources. Think about all of the people you know that might help make it happen and leverage those relationships. The term self-made millionaire is often misleading - because usually those people a a great deal of help getting there. Either they were blessed with an awesome mentor who was generous enough to share what they knew with them or they just had friends in the right places that could quickly elevate them to where they wanted to go. For example, if Mark Zuckerberg didn't have the friends he did and get introduced to the right people at the right time, Facebook would probably still exist but it wouldn't be what it is today.
Be Prepared. Success is oftentimes being in the right place at the right time…but also about being prepared when that time comes. You can completely blow off a once in a lifetime opportunity by not having your spiel prepared. So, work on your elevator speech so that you'll be ready to effectively pitch your ideas to others when those opportunities come along.
Set Milestones/Goals for Yourself. Have your end goal, but then maybe create some medium-sized milestones, with baby ones along the way. My advice is to only focus on the baby steps in the beginning though, because you don't want to become overwhelmed or discouraged by not having achieved your end goal because you're only focusing on the end result. Anything good and worth doing usually takes time.
Consistency is Key. One of the biggest elements in the formula for success is consistency - once you've developed a system of progress that works, stick to it! You can't start P-90X and then do it Monday, skip a day, Wednesday, skip four days, etc. and expect results.
Most of all - STAY FOCUSED and don't give up. I am convinced that most anyone is capable of absolutely anything if they put their mind to it. For instance, I have no interest in learning organic chemistry. But, if something came up and that knowledge was all of a sudden essential to a goal I had, I would make myself receptive to that information, soak it up all I could find on the topic and eventually become really good at it.
- Define Your Goal
- Assess Available Resources
- Prepare for Opportunities
- Set Milestones
- Exert Consistent Effort
- and most of all STAY FOCUSED