Four P's for success
Before I realised that goals and dreams required hard work, I just went with the motions hoping that things would change. But when I got serious about what I wanted, I had to be focused. I had to believe. I realised that things didn’t just happen. You had to make a plan and give yourself something to focus on. This is when I decided to have the four P’s in my life. This is what my list looked like.
You can’t achieve anything without passion. You have to be passionate about your goals, your dreams. Passion is the fuel that drives you. It’s what keeps you going when it gets tough. To be passionate about something you forget about the results and stay focused on the dream.
If you were a dancer, your passion to dance is what drives you. You can always separate the people who are passionate about something and those who are just trying it out to see what happens. A passionate person will spend hours doing what they love. They will keep at it for days, months, years. They never give up no matter what other people say, it becomes their way of life. When you’re passionate about your goals and dreams you are half way there to achieving them.
Passion fuels you but it isn’t going to be enough to keep you going. For your dreams to manifest you have to add persistence. When I began taking my writing seriously I had to sit down daily and write even when I didn’t feel like it or want to. I had to stick to the course of action to see this dream through. When you are passionate it drives you but it’s persistence that keeps you on the track. It keeps you doing it over and over again. Parking my butt down daily to write was sometimes hard but I did it and still do it today.
While persistence is measured in day’s i.e. daily action, perseverance is measured as a long term goal – staying the course. Your daily actions show persistence collectively showing your perseverance. Perseverance is measured by weeks, months, years. I realised that writing was the first step. Next I had to submit my work, then get rejected, then edit, then rejected again and again. The cycle was depressing at times, but I was passionate about my writing and I continued to write. One day I submitted a short story to a magazine. After two months I unexpectedly received a cheque through the post. My short story had been bought. I was over the moon, this was just the beginning.
This was hard for me. You accomplish something and then you think it’s just going to take off. Unless you’re very lucky it’s going to take a lot of patience to see yourself grow in your talent. It takes time to build an audience, whether this is for a business or like me books. Growth takes time and that takes patience.
I really struggled with this especially when it came to sales, building and audience, doing the work, blogging and sometimes getting so little in return. But this is the way of the universe. When you plant a seed, it won’t sprout out tomorrow, you have to nurture it and wait. This is something I’m learning everyday. We all crave instant success but to my surprise I found out that that doesn’t exist.
May your dreams come true, may your passion burn strong. Persist, stay strong, preserver, it will happen, things will change. Stay the course and be patient, it’s coming, it’s just growing.
‘Anything in life worth having is worth working for.’ –Andrew Carnegie.