The other side of failure and life’s disappointment is achieving anything you put your mind to. Here are seven ways you can achieve your dreams
Ever heard of the saying ‘what the mind can conceive you can achieve’? Looking at the roles models you look up to this statement couldn’t be truer. So many success stories have had challenging and disappointing chapters. Almost every young person we have featured in KDanielles Media the two years have shared with us some of the hurdles they had to surpass in their business and career journey. But one thing I have learned from them is their passion and their never-give-up attitude. There really isn’t a magical or secret formula to being successful, it takes a lot of hard work, mistakes, learning, and patience to achieve what you want in life. Here are seven things I have learned from my successful peers on how to achieve everything you want in life:
Write down your goals and make a vision board: You cannot achieve anything you are not clear about. You have to be specific in what you want in life and match that with your talent or skills. Writing down your goals will help make you accountable for the steps you need to take to reach them.
Create an action plan: This involves doing something each day to get a step closer to your dreams. You have to populate your diary with to-do lists. Do you have a business idea you need funding for? Google has many templates or tip for creating business plans, as well as business hubs that can help you with your needs. There are credible online job sites such as careers24.com, www.bizcommunity.com or linkedin.com that post thousands of job vacancies. Every goal needs an action plan to be reached.
Don’t expect others to do things for you: It’s not your mentor or friends’ responsibility to do all the work for you. You have to wake up every day and roll up your sleeves. Every successful person you know puts in the hard work to achieve greatness, you are no different.
Don’t take no for an answer: This seems easier said than done, but the only way to show skeptics what you are meant to do and achieve is by not giving up. We wouldn’t have enjoyed Harry Potter had JK Rowling given up when the first publisher rejected her manuscript (she was rejected by 12 publishers), neither would we down Street Wise meals had Colonel Sanders given up on his recipe for KFC after the first no (his recipe was rejected 1009 times!). Your current situation is not your final destination. Not making it past the job interview or probation period is not the end. You have to keep pushing until you see your dreams come to fruition.
Choose your company wisely: The company you keep can either help or inspire you to progress in life or they can be a distraction. You have to get rid of toxic people who don’t add value to your life or to your dreams. Nourish relationships that are fruitful in your life and make you happy.
Don’t give up: It took South African rapper, Kwesta, ten years to reach the pinnacle of his career. In our interview, the rapper said, “Failure is part of your success journey. I don’t think there is any successful person who has never failed in some sort of way. The trick, for me, is not forgetting the situation you find yourself in and working hard to move from it to be in a better place. If failure keeps you down, then you are a successful failure. Don’t give up easily and don’t make failure your successful plan. Remember why you started, this will make it easier for you to get up during challenges. People are so afraid of failure and make it such a big deal that they forget that what’s bigger than anything is the initial plan, goal, and dream they want to achieve.” So, don’t give up because you fear failure, keep going.
Don’t burn out: While hard work is important don’t overwork yourself to a point of burning out. You only have one life and one body to take good care of. Rest as often as you can and be kind to yourself. Trust in God’s timing and everything will fall into place.