December 30, 2006
Today, we shall look at two more success tips for 2007. The second tip for success in the year 2007 is to overcome the fear of failure.
Anthony Robbins once said ‘I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I enjoy’.
I believe that most people have the impression that successful people never fail. Hence, most people condemn failure and fail to pick themselves up after they have failed. They simply lose faith in life once they fail and stop fighting.
This is a huge misconception which have ended many people’s dreams and stopped many from driving forward. The truth is, everybody fails at one point or another. In fact, the more successful you are, the more likely you would have failed many times in your life.
There’s a difference between the highly successful individuals and underachievers. Those who have managed to achieve high level of success are able to turn failure into success.
Similarly, many of the wealthiest individuals have managed to bounce back from failures and even bankruptcy. Donald Trump, the real estate mogul is one of them. Steve Jobs, current CEO of Apple Computers is another example. In 1983, he was sacked from Apple, the company he co-founded. However, he went on to start his own company and was eventually reinstated as CEO of Apple in 1995. After that, everything was history as he spearheaded Apple to their current success today.
There are many examples of people bouncing back from failure and it is this ability that differentiates the rich from the poor. In the past, people shun and condemn those who have failed. Today, people tend to trust and rely more heavily on those who have failed and managed to pick themselves up.
In Singapore, everything is so nicely planned by our government and everything is so organised. Hence, everyone seems to fall in this comfort zone and we are afraid to really venture out of it. Thus, I feel we’re too afraid to pursue our dreams and goals due to the risk of failure. I believe this applies even more to those who holds a secure job. Many graduates are simply afriad to seek their dreams for fear of losing their high paying job.
However, I believe this mentality has to change in order to be successful.
The bottomline is, do not be afraid to fail. See failure as merely feedback that will serve to enrich our learning experience and make us a stronger person in the future.
Success Tip #3 - Avoid Procrastination
Now this is undoubtedly one of the no.1 killer to success. Just ask yourself this question, ‘How much has procrastination cost you over the years? Have you missed out on a great opportunity, only to kick yourself later, watching someone else take advantage of it?’
How many times have you not managed to achieve something you’ve always wanted due to procrastination?
People always procrastinate over things they ought to do but do not procrastinate over things they should not do.
When it comes to watching the lastest movies or tv shows, or buying that branded bag, people do not even think twice about procrastinating. But when it comes to writing the assignment which is due soon or reading that self-improvement book, people always have no qualms about procrastinating.
Hence, in order to be successful, we’ve got to learn the difference between good procrastination and bad procrastination.
We need to show some determintation and committment in our daily tasks in pursuit of our dreams and goals. And the best way is to know exactly why we want to achieve our goals. In my eBook, I mentioned the importance of ‘why’. If you know your ‘why’, your driving force is automatic and you need little reminder or motivation. Hence, know why you want to achieve your goals and let procrastination be history.
Even if it means watching less TV or spending less time shopping with your friends, you’ve got to be willing to put in the sacrifice for success.
This brings us to the concept of good procrastination or better known as delayed gratification. Surely, there’s a time for us to really enjoy and reward ourselves. BUt we got to learn how to procrastinate over these.
Yes, by all means enjoy and have fun, but only after you’ve completed what you need to do. Everytime you want to buy that branded bag, procrastinate over it and wait till you’ve worked hard enough and deserve it before buying it. Similarly, wait after you’ve finished your assignment before watching that TV show.
Do not let procrastination hinder your success. Most importantly, recognize you have the ability to throw procrastination away this very instant and be determined to do so. Practise delayed gratification. It will not only bring about greater success and wealth, it will also make the gratification that comes even more meaningful and sweet.
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