We have here a framework for success that proves you don’t have to sell out to move up. And it works. There are four conditions of success – four components of a successful mind-set – four means to a successful life. These are not, however, just “Things to Be Done on Monday So That Success Can Be Had on Tuesday.” They are conditions we need to incorporate into our lives every day.
Condition 1: We need a clear conception of what we want, a vivid vision, a goal or set of goals powerfully imagined.
The first condition of success is that we develop an idea of where we want to go and a conception of what we want to become. It should be both clear and specific.
We want to accomplish something in this life. But what? How about you? What do you want to be? Are you becoming it now? If not, why not? What are you waiting for?
Condition 2: We need a strong confidence that we can attain our goals.
When we set high goals for ourselves, we always face a challenge. Fear can lead to failure – confidence to conquest. Which will we choose?
Life is a risk. But the risks are so common, we’re accustomed to them. They hardly ever cross our minds until we contemplate something new: a new job, a new relationship, a new set of goals.
Then we worry. What if I fail? What if…
There are lots of opportunities – if you’re willing to take a chance, if you’re willing to run the risk.
There’s a first time for everything. Run your own life, and do it right. Whenever we set new goals, we face new opportunities for growth and development. But it is easy for doubt to rush in and catch up with us.
Condition 3: We need a focused concentration on what it takes to reach our goal.
I’ve known dreamers who lived within the confines of Condition 1 and never got out to accomplish anything in the real world. Their imaginations were in gear. Their visions were vivid. But they never took the first step from their dreams towards their goals.
I’ve also known people with great confidence, who nonetheless never amounted to much and never came near to where they wanted to be. In a great many cases, they were people who failed to understand the third condition of success. And it is a condition whose importance cannot be overemphasized.
We need a focused concentration on what it takes to realize our goal – how to get from here to there.
The quest for success is a journey. It is sometimes difficult, sometimes easy, and occasionally brief. But it is often long – a journey of effort, frustration, and joy. At its best, it is a journey of the heart, mind, and body. It’s an adventure of challenge and triumph.
Condition 4: We need an emotional commitment to the importance of what we’re doing and to the people with whom we are doing it.
This is a commitment expressed not in a single action, nor even in a number of actions over a period of time, but in an entire way of life. It means committing one’s very self to being a “successful” person – one that uses the time, talents, and treasures with which God has blessed you. Once we understand these four conditions and see their effectiveness, we’ll be highly motivated to apply them in our daily lives. The whole framework of four conditions will provide you with a complete and powerful tool kit for constructing the most satisfying achievements for your life in every way.
“Dreams are like the paints of a great artist. Your dreams are your paints; the world is your canvas. Believing is the brush that converts your dreams into a masterpiece of reality.” -Author Unknown