You know, I'm a pretty ordinary type of person. I'm not really "out there." I lead an ordinary lifestyle. More so than I would like actually.

All over the internet, there are these exceptionally motivated people making bucket loads of money on a daily basis. At least that is what they would have you believe.

Honestly, if they are I think that is fantastic.

What I love most about the world wide web are the opportunities for sharing and learning. You can find out how to do pretty much anything you want. And I love the fact that these days, successful people are happy to share their "secrets to success" if you will.

Like I say, I'm an ordinary girl and my motivation and enthusiasm waxes and wanes. But I have learned a few things over the years, and the older I get the more it all makes sense to me (I'm a slow learner!).

So here's my version of the road to success...

  • Think. Long and hard. Think about what it is you really love to do. Work out what brings you joy. This could take a while - in my case years, but I think that's normal too.

  • Plan. This involves more thinking. And lots of writing. And lots of scratching out and re-writing. Talk with your loved ones. If you don't plan, life just happens to you, and that's not usually a path to a fulfilling and joyous life.

  • Take steps. Baby steps to start with if you need to. Look for information. Find others who do what you want to, or are where you want to be. Learn what they know. Go to school if that is what you need to do. Make every decision a part of your path to a joy-filled life.

  • Keep moving toward and reviewing your goals. If you aren't moving forward then you're either standing still or going backwards, neither of which is a good thing. Constant thought about your goals brings them into focus and makes you more likely to achieve them.

  • Keep thinking. Once you reach that first goal, you are going to want another and another.

It sounds simple doesn't it? And yet so many of us find it difficult to stay on track, we get discouraged and eventually give up.

I don't really know how to fix that, but I believe the more passion you have about your goals, the more likely you are to reach them. Which is why thinking long and hard about what you want is probably the most important step in my mind.

I am currently following my own advice. I am at the baby steps stage. And I'm excited and passionate about it. I'm ready to thrive. Are you?

2 Friends say...:

JJ Jalopy said...

Hey Suzie!

I think the "Thinking" part is the bit that most have trouble with.

It can be so easy to live our lives on autopilot, responding to the events of our lives, watching TV, eating too much rubbish, drinking a little too much, distracting ourselves and never really taking the time to think critically.

I'm as guilty at this as anyone I know. In fact, I've had to make it a ritual to take time to sit by myself every Sunday, just after lunch, and ponder and write - just for me.

Another important thing is that, as important as your plan is, stuff never works out the way you've planned. Some stuff will go wrong. Some other stuff will get in the way. You'll change your mind about a load of other stuff. It's incredibly important to plan, but equally important to not let planning get in the way of taking those baby steps. It's the knowledge gained from taking those baby steps that allows us to really define our plan.

You sound like a lady with passion, a dream and a plan. I think you're already thriving...

Puss-in-Boots said...

I can do with some of that today. My motivation has gone walkabout and I'm feeling very slothful. If you could find and recipe and bottle it, you'd make a fortune.