Through your burning desire you have created your vision, you have set your goals and now the time has come to work your plans. If you want to succeed in your given area, it will be necessary to equip yourself for the work ahead. This will require an engagement on a daily basis on your part, but once you have done that you can build momentum.
Abraham Lincoln said, “I will study and prepare, and my opportunity will come.”
It is important that you are a ‘self-starter’; however, someone who is untrained does not know where to start and that breeds confusion about what to do. Don’t attack a job with a ‘bull-at-a-gate’ attitude. Think about which would be the best way to handle a matter. For example, there are two ways to teach someone to swim. The old-fashioned way is by throwing them into the pool and letting them thrash their way about until they find a way to stay afloat. That has proved faulty. Correct instructions will teach anyone to swim faster and further.
When you have some knowledge – some skills – you will be able to weigh up the pros and cons of possible paths to take. Knowledge helps you size up a situation and handle it in such a way as to bring a positive conclusion. Find out enough information to be able to work your plan. You don’t have to know all the ins and outs. For example: you may not understand everything about how a car works, but when you get into a car and turn the key it starts and you can go wherever you want to go. You don’t need to know the complete workings of the engine to drive the car. So it is with knowledge. Don’t attempt too much. Time is limited and the activity of gaining knowledge does not always mean accomplishment. Determine priorities for achieving effectiveness.
If you have a strong desire to move forward and believe that you can do better, nothing can hold you back. As James Rohn says, “When you know what you want and you want it badly enough, you will find a way to get it. The answers, the methods and solutions you need to solve the problems along the way will be revealed to you.” Keep your mind open and receptive to opportunities that can help you make further progress. Your chosen course is not quite so daunting when you take the time to learn about it. Knowledge plus action gives you power. Listen, analyse and evaluate all that you see and hear.
It is dangerous, of course, to think you have learned all you need to know. The enemy of learning is thinking that you know it all and that is arrogance. The minute you show an unwillingness to gain the knowledge you need it will be reflected in your results. On the other hand, don’t limit yourself by your own biases and beliefs, or opportunities to move ahead will pass you by. You are the one responsible for whether you move forward or stand still. If you are willing to learn, willing to master your business, willing to keep an open mind, then you can succeed at anything you put your mind to. Always raise your sights – never stop learning.
During this time it is good to maintain an attitude of being prepared to learn and to be diligent in all you do. Your attitude is so important it can make or break you. It is your mental approach to life and determines whether you will succeed or fail. Have you ever had people, when asked how they are, reply: “I’m alright ‘under the circumstances’”. These people have allowed circumstances and conditions to program their thinking, to program their ideas of what they can or can’t do and have. It gives them a negative attitude. Attitude is not blind faith or just luck. It is a science. It teaches you to ascertain the results that you will achieve and how to determine the circumstances and situations you constantly meet. If you nurture a positive attitude you will not get caught up in the problems that come across your path, but you will immediately look for the solutions to those problems. Problems can be irritants, but if the same problem presents itself more than once, you will need the right knowledge to help you find a formula for handling it if it presents itself again.
James Rohn, Author, said, “One of the fundamental strategies of living the good life is knowing what information you need in order to achieve your aims. Once you know what you need to know, it is also helpful to know how to go about gathering that knowledge.
If you wish to be successful, study success
If you wish to be happy, study happiness
If you wish to make money, study the acquisition of wealth.
Those who achieve these things didn’t do it by accident. It’s a matter of studying first and practicing second.”