It does not matter how you measure success- the key will be the same.
Whether you are trying to clean out a messy closet, lose 20 pounds, publish that first novel, kick an addiction, land that dream job, accept yourself, or live a life experiencing more joy than pain, the key will be the same.
Although our definition of success may be as different as we are unique, one thing holds true. If we want to be successful, we must persevere.
Too many times people give up when success doesn’t come fast and easy. They get frustrated and give up after a setback. They get overwhelmed by the size of the job. They label the task impossible or decide that the journey is just too long and difficult.
Success, no matter how you define it, often depends on your ability to shut out doubt and persevere, one baby step at a time. It is about breaking that goal into very small manageable parts and focusing on only one part at a time, while never losing sight of where it is you are ultimately heading. Success depends on your ability to look at each setback as a learning opportunity, one step closer to your final goal. To be successful at anything you have to be patient, work hard, and persevere when frustration sets in and doubt attacks.
Maya Angelou, American poet and civil rights activist put it so well, “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”