Perception plays a big part in how much success you ultimately reach. How you approach your challenges, your failures, your decisions, everything will add to the experience. For example, do you see failure as another reason to give up? Or do you see it as a learning process? Because for individuals who have reached high levels of success, failure is a matter of taking one step back, in order to gain five steps forward. But how does perception help in terms of staying motivated when we don’t see results? Nothing is as damaging as not seeing any success for your hard efforts, but does it mean you throw in the towel?
No, it means you keep trying, and you do it smarter than before. All you need is to change your perception of the situation through tips like the following:
Get Clarity On What Success Means To You
This is something you should do before you start a project, although it is not a mandatory rule. When you’ve reached a point where you can’t see a future for your project, maybe it’s the right time to reconsider your priorities. For example, how do you see success? If you have to define it in detail, what will you write down? Is it money? Having several employees? What does success mean to you?
The fact is that success can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. And if you are going to measure your success against what someone else has achieved, you are not in a positive place to stay motivated. Instead, you need to focus on what you are doing right, and how you can change what you do wrong. Sure, it’s good to expose yourself to different ideas, and what the competition is doing when you run a business, but don’t measure your success according to society. And this brings up the next tip to stay motivated, which is directly related to your goals.
Consider More Realistic Goals
You don’t need to live in a mansion to be successful, and you don’t need a big bank account. For instance, many people see themselves as successful if they can provide enough for themselves and their families, even if they don’t compete for the cover of Time Magazine. Others believe that success is doing what you feel passionate about, regardless of the payment.
Setting more realistic goals you know can achieve within a realistic time is definitely the way to go. Instead of shooting for the stars when you don’t even have a ship to get there.
See Your Work Like You Are Watching A Tree Grow
You don’t always see the success when growing a foundation. And if you look at a tree as an example, how do the tall ones handle those strong winds? And did these trees get that size overnight? Or did it takes years? Without a strong foundation, you won’t be able to sustain your success. So, while you won’t always “see” the results of your actions and efforts, it doesn’t mean you are not adding to the foundation. You are learning, interacting, experiencing, and living in the world you create, which is a success in itself. In fact, you can be building the strongest foundation possible, and that alone should motivate you to keep going.
What’s the point? All your success will depend on how you choose to approach it. So, change your perception, and you’ll stay motivated enough to reach your ultimate goals.