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Is Success Really That Hard?

I was at the gym and I overheard a conversation the other day- a negative conversation.

From gas prices and the economy, to layoffs, this person was complaining about everything.

This person defeated himself. The economy didn’t defeat him. Gas prices didn’t defeat him. His boss didn’t defeat him. He defeated himself.

That’s the power of your own suggestion. It can cause you to win or it can defeat you.

Remember this: You were all born to be successful. You may be thinking “Now hold on Jim. If that’s true then why aren’t more people successful?”

Here’s the answer. Investment. Most people don’t invest the time and energy developing the skills and mindset needed to be successful.

If you are using the same skills and mindset that got you where you are today and hoping it will get you where you want to go, it’s not going to happen.

Imagine this:

You’re 99 years old. You’re sitting on the front porch of your home. You start thinking about so many of the great things in your life, but then a regret finds its way into your mind.

You get sad because you suddenly realize you never made the decision or took the actions necessary to create the life you promised yourself in your younger years. You rock back on your chair and let out a big sigh. A tear could form, if you let it. You wanted to accomplish that dream, but, well…circumstances.

We’ve all had challenges. We’ve all made mistakes. We’ve all procrastinated too much. We’ve all had a bad year. We’ve all been way too scattered and unfocused at times. We’ve all felt like just giving up. Big deal.

Success is all about results. It’s never too late. Your results are a reflection of your decisions and actions. Results demonstrate what you believe to be true about yourself.

Everyone delivers results, regardless of the nature of their actions.

Some positive, and some not so positive.

A homeless person on the street corner begging for a handout produces a result. A thief delivers a result, and so does police officer in pursuit of the thief.

A person who goes on welfare produces a result, as does the business owner who provides employment for others. Everyone produces a result.

If you are not getting what you want maybe it’s time to shine a bright light into your soul, acknowledge that your current decisions and action are not working, and wake up to the fact that if you continue along the same line of behavior, your future could be in serious jeopardy.

I also think that most are taking success much too seriously, and working much too hard at it.

The fact is that someone, somewhere along the way has convinced us that if something is going to be worthwhile, it’s going to require a lot of hard work and you have to get serious about it.

This is outdated thinking. If you have to struggle all the time to be a success, what good is it? Success is a feeling process, a decision process. How would success feel to you?

Don’t pass on a complaining, victim driven attitude to anyone. Pass on the spirit of a hero, a winner, and you’ll win!

Jim Britt is a contributing blogger for JenningsWire, a blogging community created by Annie Jennings.