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Your Attitude and Self Application Determines Your Success

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France.

 

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants.” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present.” – Unknown

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

 

“Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives.”  – Newell D. Hillis.

 

We all want to be successful. Don’t we? If you are an ambitious person, am confident that you are determined to achieve your success; that you are working round the clock to achieving your success. But being successful is not an easy fit. Because if it was, everyone one of us would have achieve our success.

The world would have been a totally different place than it is today. It would have been teeming with successful people. I can only imagine what it would have been like.

There are so many theories and formulas on how to become successful. Well,  I have not found an answer that is a one size fits all. However, reading and researching on the subject has helped me realise that there is no shot cut and substitute for hard work and self application.

Yes, you may have the desire; and that is very important; you may have the best tools at your disposal; but without the correct mental attitude and without taking action. Believe me you will not achieve your success. Why? because you will not have taken action. It is action which is very important.

To achieve your success, you need to have the right mental attitude; you need to apply yourself, because along the way you will be met with temporal setbacks. Things will not always go according to your expectations or plans. You will fall down and your attitude towards these temporal failures will largely determine how well you will achieve your success.

Your tenacity and willingness to learn from your mistakes; to know when to make adjustments; to take corrective measures where necessary will surely give you an advantage as you pursue your success. You will learn that to achieve your success you will need be a good leader of yourself. One who knows when to make drastic changes.

If you don’t apply your self you are certainly headed for failure. Sometimes, when we are faced with challenges, we always look for the easy way out. There are times I have felt like am dreaming and hope that when I wakeup, boom the problems would have disappeared.

But guess what, if you do not attend to the challenges you encounter they are surely doing more damage and will surface back to haunt you. I know for sure, that some challenges we face can be difficult to handle, but that does not mean you should turn a blind eye to them. Wakeup from your slumber and face them head on.

Keep Your Faith and Hopes Alive

The bible says “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” When feeling frustrated because of your inability to achieve your goals, there is no need to lose faith and hope. Never lose your faith and hope when faced with frustrations.

Frustrations are a part of life. They are part of the learning process. It is very important to continue persisting and keep your faith and hopes alive. Focus on the bigger picture. Develop a mental attitude that will motivate you to achieve your goals.

The frustrations and challenges we go through are merely a way of building us up. They help prepare us to handle even bigger responsibilities. You should know that being successful comes with  responsibilities. The more successful you are, the more responsibilities you carry on your shoulders.

Keep in mind the joy, feeling and benefits that accrue with accomplishing your success. I know that it is not easy to keep focused when things are not going your way. But this is the time when we should exercise our faith and hope in God Almighty. The bible encourages us to put our plans in Gods hands. Believe me, he is faithful to those who are faithful to him.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is having faith without works. Yes it is good to have faith, but the bible says that “faith without works is dead.” Faith alone cannot save you. You need to take action on your faith to produce results. To achieve your success you need to take action on your faith.

How then do you develop this faith? Well, the bible says “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” The preceding statement is very loud and clear. You cannot develop faith without hearing about it.

Now, with so many tools at our disposal we have no excuse to not have heard about the word of God. The bible is a source of inspiration for me. I encourage you to develop a habit of spending time reading and practising the word of God.

Do Not be Afraid of Your Failures

“Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives” so says Newell D. Hillis. “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go” – William Feather.

If you want to be successful you should not be afraid of failing. Failure is synonymous with success. Those who have succeeded have failed before. The more you fail the greater the chance of success. Well you may not agree with all these statements.

But the truth of the matter is you will never succeed without failure. So you might as well get used to the fact that being afraid will only prolong or indeed deter your from your success. Get over with being afraid of the unknown.

It is time for you to put your plans to action; to begin to realise those dreams. The more you act on your plans the more fearless you become. Sometimes I feel fear is just a state of mind or rather laziness. Yes, laziness. I believe that it is better to die trying than not to try at all. “I failed my way to success” –
Thomas Edison.

Conclusion

How far you go in life is largely determined by how far you are willing to go. In other words you determine the level of your success by the actions you take. I found this article on how to increase your success chances very helpful check it out. Unit next time remember that “your action and and self application determines your success.”

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Yourself Image Determines Your Performance

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France.

 

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants.” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present.” – Unknown

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

 

“Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives.”  – Newell D. Hillis.

 

We all have formed an image of ourselves in one way or another. I have been doing a personal study of my performance in relation to my personal image.

The discovery has been phenomenon. I have discovered that the way I view myself has a direct relationship with my task performance and my general life output.

I believe that this is true for most of us. We live our lives based on our self-image. We form our self-image based on many factors especially external ones.

If your self-image is that of a failure or of a loser, believe me, you are most likely living a failed or losing life. However, the opposite is also true.

When am carrying out a task and my personal thoughts are negative the results are also not very encouraging. Sometimes I have spent hours and hours writing articles only to realise that I have not done a good job.

This happens mostly when am having negative feelings. These articles never find their way on my website.

It is, therefore, important that you create a positive self-image if you have to improve your performance.  Having a positive self-image is one of the key factors for enhancing your personal growth.

A positive self-image will accelerate your performance levels and speed up your goal attainment process. I know that there are times when you just feel negative about something, it is absolutely okay to feel that way.

The key thing is how quickly you turn your negative thoughts into positive ones. I have written enough articles on this website that sometimes when I feel demotivated, I start going through some of them, and boom my mind is filled with positive thoughts.

 I have also gotten inspiration for writing even more articles just from reading motivational books. I am not blowing my own trumpet but just merely stressing the point of reading motivational articles.

If you have always had negative thoughts about yourself image, I encourage you to read the bible for inspiration. There are many books out there but, the bible is the book of life. It is your manual for life.

When you read the bible, you begin to see how precious you are in the eyes of God. Failure is mostly associated with our negative self-image.

You have the capacity to change and shape your destiny if only you can change your personal self-image. Change begins with you.

If you want to improve your performance and live the life you’ve always wanted, you must make the mental change to believe that you are the best at what you do and begin to take action.

You are responsible for your life and should learn to take full responsibility for your actions and current situation. If you are an adult you should not expect a bailout.

Just take responsibility and begin to act on making things better for yourself. “The moment of enlightenment is when a person’s dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities” – Vic Bruden.

How Do You Change Your Self-image?

This is perhaps the starting point to your personal growth. You, alone are responsible for creating your self-image.

It’s like in a marriage, what you tell your relatives and friends about your spouse is what they will know about her.  If you disrespect her, believe me, they will also do the same.

What you call your spouse in public is what they will call her. So if you want people to respect her you will always endeavour to tell them positive things about her.

Those of you who are married must take this advice seriously. You will respect her in public regardless of the differences you had at home.

It’s those that do not value their marriages who will talk negatively about their spouses in public. Yes, every marriage has its own unique problems and we do not want to bring them out in public.

The same is true with how you view and portray yourself to people. The more positive and confident you show people the more positive and confident people will see you.

But this begins with yourself seeing the many positive things and qualities you possess. Take a sheet of paper and just write out 20 things you think you are.

You will be amazed at what you will write down. Yes, we fail but that does not mean we should not try again. The most successful people fail many times before they succeed.

The less successful people give up once they encounter a challenge. Failure to me is merely an obstacle to be overcome. Life would be very boring without challenges.

Many of the times when we encounter challenges it simply means that there is an opportunity to develop a solution for the challenge.

If you keep trying and trying things differently you will surely succeed at what you are doing.

Fill your mind with positive self-images about your self and sooner than later your mind will change the way you look at yourself.

Create a deliberate habit of saying “I like my self” repeatedly every time you feel low emotionally. When you wake up in the morning ask God to help you focus on the positive things in life.

Refuse the spirit of negativity and put on the image of positive thinking. Believe that you can complete a task with better results and make time to develop your skill set.

Have an open mind to learning new things. Always see failure as a challenge and refuse to accept it.

Surely changing your self-image will make you feel much much happier and definitely help to improve your performance.

When you feel good about yourself you will perform much, much better. After all, what you want most in life is the feeling of happiness.

Know that you will come across people that will say unpleasant things about you. But you have the ultimate control to either accept or reject them, and besides, we all have skeletons in our closets.

No one on this earth can claim to be pure. It is also beneficial to hang around people that have a positive image of you as this helps to keep you motivated.

When you create a positive image about yourself, somehow it flows from you and attracts the right people. Make a deliberate policy to evaluate your friends, some of them may not be very beneficial to your personal growth.

Maintain the Discipline of Doing What is Right

You know, there is a good feeling when you do something that is right. The feeling is just awesome. I would not be wrong to say that we all possess the ability to do the right thing.

There is just something nice when we feel that, what we have done is good. All well-meaning people have a conscious that tells us about what we are doing.

I usually go with my first thoughts or rather my instincts. If am doing something that am not sure of its effect on other people, I back out unless am convinced otherwise.

This is not to say that I have never done wrong things before, No. Believe me, I have and, have learned to take responsibility for them, and help to correct them if I can.

I am not ashamed to go back and say am sorry let me correct my wrongdoing. I have developed the discipline of doing what I think and feel is right especially for my success.

Self-discipline is one of the most difficult traits, but an important one for personal development and growth. We keep fighting every day to do the right things.

Our minds are always telling us to do the easier things in life than do the most difficult and important things first. Like delayed gratification, we always want to spend money rather than save for the future.

I will be honest, I also struggle on a daily basis to do the easy things and forget the difficult and necessary tasks. But tell you what, every time I conquer this edge, there is a feeling of joy and satisfaction.

Developing the discipline of doing the right things first is a good attribute to helping in improving your performance.

Doing the right things always makes you feel motivated and proud of yourself.

Society lacks men and women who can stand up to do the right things even in the advent of criticism.

It seems to me that many of us have fallen prey to doing what is popular or trending for fear of being called bad names.

We would rather be on the same side with the majority even when we know deep down our hearts that what we have done is wrong.

Conclusion

Believe in yourself” – Unknown. The essence of personal self-image is very critical to personal growth as it is the centre of your performance attribute.

We should try as much as possible to create a positive self-image if we have to enjoy our lives. Most of the people who have a negative self-image are low performers.

If you are in a leadership position take a closer look at your subordinate’s performance reports, you will realise that one of the major factors of low performers is a result of a negative self-image.

The higher performers are more usually confident and have a positive self-image.

You should consider helping those that are low performers as this will inadvertently reflect on your leadership skills and enhance your performance as a team.

I hope you have found this article useful and thank you most sincerely for reading up to the end. Good luck and “standout tall and be counted”.

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