Success. We all want it. In some way we all strive for it in different aspects. It seems we can come up with things we need to do to be successful, create our to do list and
But there are many, MANY things that we have to give up in order to achieve our goals.
I did some research and have compiled a list of the top 5 things that I’ve found helpful to give up in order to reach success.
1. Give Up On Saying YES To Things That Don’t Support Your Goals: “He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.” — James Allen
Successful people know that in order to accomplish their goals, they will have to say NO to certain tasks, activities, and demands from their friends, family, and colleagues. In the short-term, you might sacrifice a bit of instant gratification, but when your goals come to fruition, it will all be worth it.
2. Quit being a perfectionist: No one is perfect; not one single person here on this planet. And nothing will ever be perfect no matter how much we try to make it that way. Most times it’s the fear of failing at something that holds us back from taking those important actions and putting yourself out there. Wayne Gretzky is quoted as saying, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” You will also miss 100 percent of the opportunities that are coming to you if you are always waiting for things or the time to perfect.
3. Give up on expecting praise from others: I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you, but nobody will take the time to shower you with praise. That’s why you have to do it yourself. Most people in business will only set aside their precious minutes if they see you doing something wrong, or if they want something from you. Sprinkling your ego with dew drops of praise is the furthest thing from their minds. You’re doing great things, so take the time to recognize it. By 5:00 every day, write down three things that you accomplished. They don’t have to be life-changing, just good things that deserve recognition. Re-read yesterday’s entry every morning. If you’re feeling low on confidence you can read through a couple of weeks’ worth of your many successes and gain confidence and perspective. Psychologists call this journaling, and it’s a proven way to boost your happiness. Start using it today.
4. Give Up Your Excuses: Successful people know that they are responsible for their life, no matter their starting point, weaknesses, and past failures. Realizing that you are responsible for what happens next in your life is both frightening and exciting. But embracing this realization is the only way you can become successful. Excuses limit and prevent us from growing personally and professionally. Don’t make them.
5. Give Up Playing Small: “Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” —Marianne Williamson
If you never try and take great opportunities, or allow your dreams to become realities, you will never realize your true potential. And the world will never benefit from what you could have achieved. So voice your ideas, don’t be afraid to fail, and certainly don’t be afraid to succeed.
I hope you’ve found this list helpful as you continue on your journey to success.