How to Stop Slipping into Failure
One of my favorite quotes is from Jim Rohn, entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. When it comes to success, he bluntly and succinctly summarizes, “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” The reason we make so many excuses for not getting the things we want in life such as financial freedom, success, and a life lived on our own terms, is that it is much easier to find excuses for not achieving than to put in the work it takes to attain greatness.
I have started up many businesses in my life and have helped tens of thousands of people find their own paths to success. I am not some kind of business guru, nor did I need to be to build the life that I wanted. From an early age I learned that, if I show up every day with the mindset that every choice I make today should get me one step closer to my goal, and if I activate those choices, doors will open.
Create Daily Habits That Work For You
Overnight success is rare, if it exists at all; real success takes plain, old-fashioned, hard work. In my book The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness, I explain that the thoughts and actions that you practice every day will propel you toward your goal, and that every decision you make has to be geared toward your success. Cultivating negative thoughts and habits can lead you down a path of repeated failure, but if you feed your success, you begin to build the foundation for your dream life. Slight Edge decisions aren’t flashy or dramatic, they are the every day, simple and mundane choices that, repeated over time, give you the Slight Edge.
Surround Yourself With Success
Successful people are that way for a reason. If you want to be successful in business, seek out those who are already at the top of their game, learn everything you can from them, and be willing to be mentored. Positive role models offer hope and motivation, while negative people are draining. Surround yourself with people who bring you positive energy and support your goals. This is true not only in business, but in every other aspect of your life; if you want to be happier, hang out with happy people. Research shows that you are 15% more likely to be happy if you are directly connected to a happy person, while being around unhappy people can decrease your own happiness by 7%. It’s not rocket science, but the numbers speak for themselves.
Find the Good in Life
All too often, people take the things that really matter in life for granted. If you practice more gratitude, you become happier, which in turn makes you more motivated to reach your goals. Not only do grateful people achieve more in life, but they make others around them happy too. The same goes for kindness and compassion: kind people are more likely to have stronger relationships, increased sales and experience more productivity, all of which leads to a successful life. Christopher Kukk, Ph.D., and author of The Compassionate Achiever: How Helping Others Fuels Success, says that a compassionate mindset unlocks the happy hormones that lead to happiness and optimism, two keys to success.
What are You Waiting for?
Once you are on the true path to success, you don’t have to keep searching for it: success will find you. Incorporate these practices into your life’s philosophy and live by them. Your philosophy dictates your attitudes, your actions, and your results, which, in turn, creates your dream life; so I ask you, what are you waiting for?
Jeff Olson is the founder and CEO of Neora. After launching in the United States in 2011, Neora stepped into the limelight shattering industry records over the course of its first year by accomplishing an astounding 3,900 percent growth. A dynamic and visionary leader who has served in many executive roles across different business channels and companies, Jeff is also a best-selling author and motivational speaker. Jeff devotes his time to serving on the board of the Neora Ripple Foundation and has helped raise over $5 million for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) and World Vision International. He has also committed resources to the Success Foundation, founded Live Happy magazine, and supported the International Positive Education Network. Jeff has addressed the United Nations on the topic of global happiness and has been inducted into the Happiness Hall of Fame.