Anybody who has ever come to be a key figure of success would tell you achieving success can be likened to a marriage – a consistent, unending pledge to become better. Success requires a full-time effort to rid yourself of your quirks, and accentuate your strengths. Essentially, it is a commitment to self-improvement in order to maximize your work performance. Here are two precise guidelines you can follow that can help you maximize your work efficiency make you successful:
Don’t rush it. What’s the first thing you do when you stumble upon a caterpillar? Probably either walk away or kill it with fire. What makes a caterpillar so ugly to our sight is due to the fact that it is essentially a crawling rash-inducing deathtrap. But what happens if we give it a chance to grow? It metamorphoses into a beautiful, productive butterfly, responsible for allowing flowers to flourish.
The path to self-improvement, and through an extension, success, is much like the beautification of process of a caterpillar, gradual. Much like building muscle, you cannot expect to become successful in the blink of an eye. Pace yourself, and work to become better and better, no matter how minute that sense of improvement may be. Don’t underestimate the power of tiny improvements, they will all eventually add up and you’ll just be surprised of the drastic differences. Remember that it takes time to make a masterpiece; use the small details to make accentuate the beauty of the bigger picture.
Learn to trust yourself. Friends, family, significant others, co-workers, and masters – these are all potentially powerful support structures. In one form or another, they influence how you shape your life. Rest assure, they can be trusted to either make or break you. But the most important person that you should never neglect to trust is yourself.
When it comes right down to it, you – yourself, should be the one you should depend on the most, as you will ultimately be the only one left to fend for yourself if and/or when everybody else departs for the next life ahead of you. Although, sometimes, it may prove to be quite the daunting task to trust yourself, you simply cannot afford to enforce such a perception for yourself. In as much as there will be people who will do everything in their power to help you achieve success in life, there will also be people who will fight tooth and nail to do the exact opposite. Leave the negative reinforcement to them, while you muster up all the positivity you can get and channel them into maximizing your work performance.
The pursuit of success will have both rough patches and smooth sails. Some days will be comparable to those delightfully cartoony singing segments in your fruity romantic-comedy flicks, while some days will prove to be reenactments of the dark ages. But whether it is the former or the latter scenario, matter less. There is little reason to not pursue success in our short life span. So keep these two precise pointers at heart and commit to a life-time of self-improvement, maximizing work and, ultimately, success.
by: Jeffrey Slayter