What is success? What does it mean to be successful? How do you be successful?
We all start projects and don’t finish them. We have ideas and they never come to fruition.
Staying productive and creative is a direct result of how much work you put in. If you’re continually putting in hard work, you’re going to improve and you’re going to see positive results. Even if you fail, at least you tried.
We all know what it feels like to be motivated, to feel like you’re on a roll. That comes and goes. It’s up to you to push yourself and do something even when you don’t feel like doing; it is what determines if you’re a hard worker.
You can’t wait for that feeling; you have to create that feeling. You have to push through and ask yourself, “Why? What am I waiting for?”
If you keep working hard at something, you’re going to succeed eventually. Trial and error. You’re going to find ways that work for you. You have to force yourself to do whatever it is you love doing even when you don’t necessarily feel inspired, productive, creative or motivated.
For example: sometimes I get in this mood where I want to clean my room and other days, I think “Screw it!”
In the “Screw it!” moments, the “I’m gonna do it later” or the “This isn’t high priority” moments–thats when you need to push the hardest.
For me, that’s anything creative. I can go months and months without picking up a paintbrush or a poetry book, but exercising my creativity is what is important to me.
What if you don’t know what you are passionate about? What if you don’t know what you want to invest your time in?
I don’t have it all figured out. I’m still so young.
Don’t blame yourself. Don’t freak out if you don’t have it figured out. If you don’t know what sparks a light in you, start exploring that. Say yes to more opportunities. Read more. Watch TED Talks or documentaries. Hang out with someone new. Keep an open mind. Join a class in your community. You never know what may fall into your lap.
If for a week, you don’t do anything, it’s going to be a lot easier to not do anything another day and another day. If you’re working hard, it will be easier to continue feeling productive and inspired if you’ve trained your brain to think that way.
Reminder: give yourself breaks, be nice to yourself, don’t burn out.
You have to set up your day for success. Staying in bed all day is a foolproof way to leave you feeling groggy and unmotivated. When you’re alarm goes off, immediately swing your feet over and drink a glass of water.
You can’t sit on your butt all day and expect that things are going to happen for you or expect that you’ll meet your goals. Things will not be handed to you; you have to make things happen for yourself. I really believe that the energy you put out, you get back.
If you are working hard and have a goal-oriented, focused mindset, opportunities will comes to you because your mind will be more aware of them.
My blog, for example, is an example of hard work. When I started blogging in 2014, I had to be on the grind and do it daily. I had to share my links on every social media platform and bring it up to people in conversation. I couldn’t have just tweeted a single link and expected it to blow up. I had to put in days, months and years of hard work. And half the fun is getting there.
Success is really about the balance between living in the moment and keeping your goals in mind. Ask yourself: is me a year from now going to be proud of the actions I’m doing today?
To me, success is determined by happiness, by you feeling passionate, interested and involved.