By the time you’re reading this, you must have come across people who have predicted that you will be successful. Maybe you strongly have the same feeling about your future, although you may not understand what sets you apart from other people around you. Whether you’re reading this for enlightenment or just out of curiosity: here are seven signs you’re going to be successful.
All of us claim they want to be rich, famous or successful in life and finances. According to statistics, however, up to 80% of all adults hardly achieve their true potential throughout their lives. Notwithstanding the fact that life’s circumstances can interfere with the path you choose, every result that manifests upon our lives is a fruit of our actions, perceptions, beliefs, energies, moods and attitudes. Our responses to happenings around us, situations we allow ourselves to live in while enclosing ourselves in comfort zones all play a major role on whether you will or will not be as successful as you wish to be.
Most young people unconsciously give up their dreams and ambitions when they grow into adulthood: continuing the same norm of average performers by conforming to the mediocre cycle of life. They take in the notion that being an adult is to take seriously only the things that matter to get them by the next day, week or month: not realizing that these are superficial matters that can be changed by changing their perceptions. Yes, they pay bills; they meet deadlines and finish tasks in time but remain in the same condition for all of their working years – being hardworking yet underachieving, unhappy employees. But a few courageous souls who badly want to fulfill their wishes persist until they finally achieve their goals. Not only do they want to make achievements but they also believe that they can and will, and pursue their dreams to the dead end.
So do you want to be rich, famous, and successful in life and finances? Before you answer this: pause for a moment – make sure it’s not just a feeling.
A friend of mine once told me, in a lengthy conversation of a principle he read in an inspirational book, and how a much older yet more vibrant man challenged him about how he spends his circadian. I think I should share this story with you:
The older man, a gym instructor in his sixties asked, “you say you don’t have time: what do you do within twenty-four hours a day?” Amazingly, the older man could work for eight hours, rest for eight hours and have the other eight hours to spare every day. My friend affirmed, what he read in a book that someone who juggles three tasks perfectly on a daily basis has his life in order.
The principle of time management goes hand in hand with commitment: having the discipline to keep appointments while diligently completing your tasks. Successful people always have a commitment to attain certain results in their personal ventures and actually follow through on their pursuits.
I have always known, but once realized that the world isn’t moved by people who only do what is required of them but by people who actually do what isn’t required of them – solving problems for humanity with great inventions that shape the world as we know it today.
Actually wanting to solve a problem is a sign of an actively thinking mind and attaining solutions to problems, big or small brings the rewards thereof, including motivation. You must have felt like a superhero after fixing a faulty electronic or draining a congested kitchen sink. Imagine how confident you’d be to confront and solve other problems thereafter. You might even end up looking for broken stuff to fix. And after you have repaired a bunch of stuff in the house, imagine how comfortable your life will be. Taking initiative to solve a problem is a show of control over situations in your life, a key ingredient for success.
As I said initially, everyone wants to be successful in his or her endeavors; but how badly do you want such success? Everyone who succeeds has gone through a process and a struggle to get where they are in life, and every success story – however cliché it may sound – has an unattractive start and a point where things got really nasty.
Ambition does not entail just wanting to make achievements. Rather it is having a dream and the intention and the willpower to chase after it. I once came across a Muslim scholar talking about lofty ambitions, siting differences between a person with ambitions and a person without ambition:
You can tell the magnitude of a person’s ambition by their actions: his or her life clearly has purpose whether he tells of it or not. On the other hand, the actions of a person without ambition belie whatever great achievements they may talk of intending to make in future. A truly-destined-to-be successful person actually pursues his dreams. These two people live their lives differently and their results are, of course different. The scholar further sited the example of a young man he met in London, who had a long life ahead him. But the young man always drank his life away and a few years later, died in his early twenties. Although you might not meet such a tragic end, every moment you live counterproductively towards attaining your purpose is a waste of time.
Imagine the day when man didn’t wear clothing. Put aside the shame of nakedness and consider the cold and other adverse weather conditions we so desperately shelter from. Imagine the days of the glorious long-distance trade by the Akamba people; what if the early visitors to the East African coast never came?
Everyone is a star in his or her life story. Whenever you close your eyes and think about yourself you see yourself owning riches, living a surreal life that leaves you dazzled at how unfair life can be to those among us who aren’t born with silver spoons.
The imaginations of someone destined to be successful are projective: always about what he or she can do in life, what he can offer than expect. They are like children, living in tiny, little yet rich worlds of unspeakable possibilities, and what’s interesting about them is that they believe these possibilities can be achieved in the real world.
So imagine how the world would have been without the Wright brothers. How many cartoons, on the other hand would you not have seen growing up if Walter Disney didn’t imagine?
As much as we all want to live wholesome and fulfilling lives, everyone is lazy. I once attended a book launch in town where the author posed this question to the crowd: “suppose our generation was still in the shackles of colonialism, how many of us would sacrifice their comfort to fight for the freedom we enjoy?” honestly, I wouldn’t have taken arms – I’m not trained for battle! Maybe you’re thinking that or you’re scared to the bone by the imagination of the maltreatment that you would have been experiencing right now.
Successful people have the urge, like the call of nature pressing in a crowd, to change their current situation. They outrun circumstances by always going out of their way to modify certain conditions in their lives. Ordinary people seldom initiate action to change even the smallest things in their lives, and it is equally unfortunate that they develop learned depression for various discomforts in their lives.
So you have a dream that you never abandoned in your childhood. You have great imaginations of your version of paradise on God’s green earth. You’re not satisfied with your current situation and feel energy sipping into you.
Action is the last thing that will set you apart from every Tom, Dick and Harry that crosses the street everyday, worrying about bills and deadlines. Before retiring to your comfort zone, figure out what action you would take to actualize your dreams. You are highly likely to encounter challenges: you’ll meet faithless pessimists and jealous naysayers; perhaps you’re not even professionally qualified to embark on the direction you have taken. Taking action however is the greatest sign that you will be successful in life. Go out there and try your hands.
Abdulrazak Warren is a TV presenter and Producer in Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. He enjoys scripting, writing poetry and prose stories, drawing and reading. Abdulrazak is currently awaiting to graduate from Nairobi Technical Training College in March and further his course in Journalism and Media Studies.
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