3rd of Seven Attributes of Success
BE A DOER AND AVOID PROCRASTINATION
Successful people actively pursue their dreams and ambitions. Don’t waste your life by talking about things you could have done but didn’t do. You don’t want to be remembered as just a talker or, worse still, a procrastinator.
To achieve your goals and fulfill your dreams you need to visualise what it is you want and plan how you are going to make it a reality. You must affirm your inner thoughts in relation to all areas of your life where you want to achieve and then take action.
Affirm your goals and dreams with self-belief and positivity. Even though you may not initially have all the answers needed to make your dreams and goals a reality, by repeating the affirmations of ‘I can do it’, ‘I will succeed’ and ‘I believe I can achieve’ your subconscious mind will be programmed towards the successful realisation of those dreams. Repeat the positive words of self-belief and affirmation consistently until you truly believe them yourself and no longer doubt that you will succeed.
Too many people regret the things they should have done and didn’t do. They get frustrated when they think that all they did was talk about fulfilling a dream or goal they had. However, it is never too late to stop procrastinating and make your dreams a reality. The ability to do this does not always come naturally but everyone can learn to be a doer and stop being a procrastinator.
From an early age I was very lucky to have mentors who taught me the skills of affirmation and of turning my dreams, aspirations and goals into reality. They also made me realise the necessity of not being a procrastinator and the importance of being a dreamer with a purpose and a mission.
One of my early life mentors was my grandmother. She would often say ‘Life is too short to spend it procrastinating - do it or stop taking about it’. When I had a dream, goal or aspiration, instead of keeping my own counsel, I’d talk about my plans to anyone who would listen. This forced me to take action.
Most people, including family and friends, initially doubted my ability to achieve my goals, but I persisted in pursuing them and achieved most of them. People’s attitudes to me changed as they saw my dreams become reality and they too started to believe in my ability to achieve what I set my mind to.
Each successfully realised dream, goal and ambition became a milestone and I continued having new dreams and developing new ambitions for my life.
Some of my dreams that became reality are:
· Having left school at 15 years of age, I decided that I was going to become a millionaire. At the time I was working as a bricklayer
· At 29 I decided that I was going to climb Everest. I had just climbed my first mountain
· At 35 I wanted to be the first person in the world to achieve a mountaineering challenge no one else had completed
· At 40 I decided I was going to be a world-class speaker and mentor.
Now, in my 50s, I still have goals that I firmly believe will become reality in my life as long as I dream, affirm and take action. My ambitions for the next ten years are:
· To make my business to be a worldwide success
· To write a best-selling motivational book
· To write and produce a world class one-man play and act in it
· To be a better father, son and family person
· To develop one of the world’s leading organisations for older adventurers, The Forever Young Club
My desire to set new goals and achieve them is as strong as it ever was and I believe that by being a doer and not procrastinating I will achieve much of what I set out to do. It is important to realize, however, that following a dream is a process and that you will not succeed all the time. But the more you work towards making your dreams a reality, the more you learn about how to achieve.
Do not be disappointed by setbacks - they provide great learning opportunities and help you more clearly identify the road to success. When things go wrong, don’t quit - keep trying until you succeed or until you want to change direction.
I believed in every single dream or aspiration I had even though I didn’t always know at the time how to achieve it. Believe in yourself and your dream even if you are not sure about how it can be made reality. Make plans and do not be distracted by your critics who may not believe in you or your ability. Have a plan A, B and C. Be flexible and ready to move to Plans C, D or E if Plans A, B and C fail.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help to achieve your objectives, whether it is from family, the corporate sector or your community. People admire a doer who has self-belief, passion and the drive to try new things
Whenever you find yourself procrastinating, repeat to yourself, with energy and enthusiasm, the affirmations ‘I can do’, ‘I will succeed’ and ‘I believe I can achieve’.
About Pat Falvey – Pat Falvey is Ireland’s leading motivational and inspirational business speaker and trainer. Pat’s goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals in life as well as to help companies and individuals to achieve maximum efficiency and success in operating as a team.
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