Success is a Choice
By Tim Connor
sustained success is not all that complicated, unless we choose to
make it so. Success is truly a choice.
the benefits of success are illusive.
These people struggle, search and try year after year to create
a life filled with financial security, nurturing relationships and a
sense of purpose and meaning. Others appear to effortlessly achieve
greatness, independence and happiness as they travel through the days
of their lives.
the differences between these two groups? Is it luck, a favorable
early environment, good fortune, the right contacts, hard work, a
powerful will to succeed, education, good looks, charm or some other
measurable qualities? As a
fellow traveler in search of success for over forty years, I do not
claim to have the answer or the answers to your quest.
I do not know the secrets, if there are any secrets, to
learned, however, that there are certain attitudes, actions, beliefs,
and philosophies, that when embraced and followed, ultimately lead to
the higher ground. I believe
there are ten traits that successful people regardless of age, gender,
profession, education status, or however you would choose to define
success embrace and have mastered.
doesn’t matter whether you are a business leader, teacher, florist,
artist or in any of the thousands of other roles or positions in life.
If you want rewarding and enduring success you must embrace and master
each of the ten qualities. I
do not believe that success hinges on any single one of the qualities
listed or those that I have chosen to leave out . Success is not
guaranteed to every human who walks the planet.
However, the potential for success is bequeathed to each of us
at birth. Success is not
an accident or the result of believing that life owes it to you.
not: power, fame, wealth, prosperity, happiness or independence.
Once gained, there is no guarantee that the success you have
achieved will be maintained indefinitely in any recognizable or
anticipated form. If
success is lost, it is not destined to elude us forever. Success is a
offers no guarantees - just choices; no certainty - just consequences;
no predictable outcomes - just the privilege of pursuit.
People who succeed and fail come in all shapes, sizes, colors,
ages, nationalities and gender. In
the end, success is not what we achieve or accumulate, but who we have
become in the process.
people succeed because they do the things necessary for success.
Failures want the same success outcomes and rewards, but they
either don’t know which traits to develop or they refuse or fail to
develop them while on their life journey.
people, when attempting to excuse themselves from the personal
responsibility of a successful life, do so by blaming others, their
background or circumstances. Life
is a neutral concept. It
responds to a person’s beliefs, commitments, expectations, effort,
attitudes and actions. It
always gives us what we unconsciously desire, deserve and ask for.
not selective. It doesn’t pick on some people while showering others
with innumerable benefits or gifts.
It is a perfect example of cause and effect in the ebb and flow
of life. Life is not fair.
It is not unfair either. It
end, people who want to succeed, do because they take the time and
energy to develop the required characteristics and attitudes. Their
success, however, may not resemble their early picture of what they
thought their success would look like when they embarked on their
journey. Most people who
fail, subconsciously want
to fail. Oh, they may say
they want success and its trappings, but in reality they do not
believe in their hearts that they deserve it or will ever achieve it.
We are all magnets. We
attract into our experience and life that which is consistent with our
inner beliefs, values, thoughts, expectations and desires.
Control your thoughts
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