Success Comes in All Different Shapes and Forms
I’d like to introduce you to Edwin. Edwin has been keeping Results Personal Training spotless for the last 17 years. Married for over 20 years, Edwin has four kids. Since he started working here, he’s bought his own house, opened his own cleaning company, and is currently putting his oldest son through college.
Over the years I have never seen Edwin angry, upset or sad. I’ve never heard him complain, about anything, EVER. He shows up for work on time and gives 150%. Edwin’s work ethic leads me to believe that success is not measured by the amount of money you make or the type of car you drive. Neither is success dictated by the type of work you do. Success is determined by dedication to your craft.
No matter what your occupation may be – whether you clean houses or work in the corporate world, work as a bank teller or a professional athlete – you can turn your job into a career and climb the ladder of success with hard work and dedication. Edwin is one of the hardest workers I know. He is honest, straightforward, and he always concentrates on giving before receiving. He has never asked for a raise, but he’s always got one.
You, too, can reach the next level of your own success as long as you stay focused and give everything you’ve got to everything you do. There is no shortcut to success, just as there’s no magic weight-loss pill. Here are Edwin’s 3 simple steps that will help you stay focused and achieve your goals:
1) Don’t compare yourself with others.
You can never know truly what others have gone through to accomplish their goals. Most probably, you don’t compare yourself with someone weaker or lesser than you think you are. You compare yourself with someone stronger, taller, fitter, more talented and, perhaps, luckier than you. That’s just human nature. But your journey, as well as who you are, is unique. Remain focused and give 100%.
2) Don’t presume that others have it easier than you do.
Everyone reacts differently to what happens to them. Just because people don’t talk about their difficulties or failures doesn’t mean they don’t struggle. Focus on what you need to do, instead of how you feel about what you need to do. We can get so caught up in how we feel that we forget to stay focused on the task at hand. Feelings are important, but our dreams are even more important. Accomplishing your goals will transform you, and consequently, change how you’re affected by what’s happening in your life.
3) Take a deep breath.
Accept that things won’t always go smoothly. Remember that the obstacles you regularly face are directly proportionate to your skill level and the size of your goals. These obstacles are designed to teach us something about ourselves. Just because you make mistakes doesn’t mean you’re not capable of accomplishing your goals. When a mistake happens, and they will, take a deep breath and get back to the task at hand. No matter how much money or status you have, there will always be difficulties ahead. Success is not measured by how many times we get something right, but by how many times we get it wrong – and choose to move forward.
Let Edwin inspire you the same way he inspires me… by always moving forward and never giving up. To summarize Edwin’s philosophy, and mine: keep your eyes on the prize; don’t presume your journey is harder than anyone else’s; and when things don’t go your way, take a deep breath and get back to work. You have what it takes to achieve your goals. We all do. Winners are the ones who cross the finish line – not the ones who simply start the race.
Leo Frincu is a world wrestling champion, author, speaker and performance coach for business leaders and athletes worldwide. To learn more about his training philosophy, check out his latest book, “WELCOME HOME, 3 Simple Steps On How To Reach Your Highest Potential,” available on Amazon and iBooks.