It might sound radical, but when was greatness achieved as a result of sluggish work ethic combined with wishes rather than must’s? If you’re worried that once you’ve reached a goal you’ll have nothing to look forward to, stop. Stop treating reality as an experience that ends without you. You can stay connected, create and be aware for as long as you have consciousness. Allow yourself to live in the present and make every minute worth wile.
Success is attainable through deliberate effort. This means not wishing for it, but planning for it. It all starts with what we have to offer and that doesn’t really mean a degree or a letter of recommendation. It simply refers to what skills we have that can be of use to others.
Preparing for success is a mixture of discipline, training and having a clear focus. Superior characteristics are not inborn, but acquired throughout life. Building ourselves up for success comes with superpowers, such as saying no to the easy and yes to delaying gratification.
The best to come is the best of us that has ever existed. We sometimes look around us and see people who haven’t moved an inch from where they were a year ago – not in their beliefs, not in their personal interests. That is what instant gratification looks like in the long-term. Where do you want to go and what can you do every single day that will help you progress?
How often did we get paralyzed by the fear that we won’t reach the absolute form of perfection of ourselves through our image or through our work? It happened at least once to all of us and it can be seen in the details – the fiddling with the tie, hours spent on a tiny, unimportant thing, sculpted makeup and the not too strong and not too weak handshake. The philosophy of being imperfectly perfect seems to escape our thoughts at times, particularly when exploring a new territory.
Perfection is a manifestation of fear, the fear of failure or success, the fear of social judgement or letting people down. Remember the times when it used to be fashionable to say at job interviews that a great weakness is perfection because it made us look cooler? Perfectionism is indeed a weakness. Striving to do a great job is different from perfection.
Perfection is an event that requires stillness while us, as human beings, are ever evolving. We can work at our best ability and show up with determination. We can accept inconsistencies as stepping stones towards building up success. We have to overcome our misconception of perfection and take perfection as what it really is – performing at our best, based on the circumstances and our ability at any given time.