In our last meeting I spoke about four components of success and happiness.
Many people wrote or called thanking me and asked if I could write about and elaborate more on this topic. The idea was crystallized in my mind a few weeks ago prompting me to present that in our last meeting when Mr. Bruce Norris was our guest speaker. Perhaps he had something to do with all that. As usual, he was enlightening. For those who have not yet heard his presentation, I highly recommend it. Just visit our website www.ncrei.com and download his talk. It won’t be there much longer, so take advantage of it now.[googmonify]4494413162:right:250:250[/googmonify]
Now, back to the four components of success and happiness. They are “Decide, Commit, Persist and Achieve.” As I allowed these four words to swirl in my mind, I began to see how I had unconsciously applied each one to any worthwhile endeavor in my own life experience. My further research confirmed that other people felt the same way about how these factors were instrumental in their own success and happiness.
The first component of success and happiness is to Decide. This word comes from Latin meaning to cut off. What exactly are you cutting off? The distractions, interruptions, doubts, or anything else that might give you other alternatives. Clarity and focus appear in your life when you have no alternatives. When you make a decision, you instantly, and magically, eradicate all alternatives. You gain a laser like focus in the direction of your dreams and aspirations.
The second component is to Commit. This word also comes from Latin meaning to entrust or to connect. Who are you entrusting or connecting to – yourself? Who else? You entrust yourself to turn your plans into action deliberately. You are now the Capitan of your own ship ready to set sail across the ocean of life. We all know the ocean is filled with mystery, adventure, storms, and all sorts of challenges.
The third component of success and happiness is to Persist. Since it’s easy to get sidetracked, lose faith and quit all together, we need this component to help us move forward undeterred. Persist comes from Latin meaning to take a stand or stand firm. To persist is to continue to exist, to go on resolutely or stubbornly in spite of opposition. It’s one quality that sets you apart from the rest. Persistence is omnipotent. Persistence is to have faith in yourself and manifesting your dreams. Quitters never persist and therefore never win. There is no doubt you will face challenges and major obstacles on your way to success and financial freedom. If it were easy everyone would be financially independent. Clearly, the path is filled with cobble stones, and at times you don’t have shoes to protect you. But I can tell you with confidence that the journey is also very gratifying. Every setback is a feedback, every obstacle you overcome adds to your character, and every victory reinforces your resolve. Without persistence nothing else would matter. It’s the bridge that connects the first two components with the fourth.
The fourth and final component is to Achieve. It comes from Anglo-French meaning to end, to finish. It’s to attain a desired end or aim. Without achieving you cannot have. To have, to possess, and to own is to finish a task at hand. I once knew an artist, a painter, who was struggling to make ends meet. His works were really good and he was wondering why they wouldn’t sell. Artists are great at creating but not so good at finishing, which is really owning, and therefore the expression, “starving artists.”
I asked him when he would consider a painting finished and he said, “When I sign it.” I looked around and noticed many were without signatures. I asked him to go through one by one and complete what he needs to do and sign it. Soon afterward, I visited him and noticed many of them were now signed. With his signature came the stamp of finality, a finished task, and achievement. Not surprisingly, he started selling them, and making a good living from his art.
The reality is that unless we achieve, we can not enjoy the fruits of our labor. Ironically, many people are not good at achieving and therefore unable to have the good things in life. So, my suggestion is to set a goal so you know when you are finished with something. In other words, if you don’t have a target, you can’t aim and you certainly won’t hit anything. When you reach one goal, acknowledge your achievement and then set another until you get what you want out of life. The truth is you can have anything you want, so, go out there and claim what’s yours.