Steps to Success
Steps to success involve making plans and setting goals says Carol Harrison. Passion, patience and perseverance play a part in achieving success.
Taking Steps to Success
We dream. We plan. We might make vision boards. We set goals and all the small steps under each one to make them more manageable so we don’t get bogged down and want to quit. We have an eye on succeeding but what do steps to success look like? What is success for that matter? Which pieces make up the bigger piece of puzzle called success and how does it fit into our life?
Persistence – The Secret to Success
I heard a friend, Nina Morey, do a speech at a Toastmaster meeting on this topic a few years ago and several points from her speech stuck in my mind. She titled her presentation, “Perseverance – the Secret to Success”. I do not remember much more than her three main points. However, I do look at, think about and examine what these points look like in my life. Those three points are passion, patience and perseverance. Do I need to make some adjustments in whatever project I am working on or goal I am working towards?
Napoleon Hill said it this way,
“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”
What Are You Passionate About?
Passion is a powerful feeling. It can be an intense desire or deeply rooted longing that can be overpowering. What are you passionate about? What am I passionate about? If we are working in an area we have a passion for, we will enjoy the journey and work hard to succeed.
I have a passion for helping others learn to communicate. As they find their voice, they are able to let others know their needs, wants, desires, dreams, enjoyments, and stories too. I love helping people tell their stories even as I share my own. I have a strong urge to tell stories, a deep desire to share them with others through a variety of avenues including speaking, writing and programs like Puzzle Pieces of Life. The passion for storytelling and helping others makes working on and with storytelling easier to do than anything related to math for example – I do have some grandchildren who would disagree for their passion lies in science, math and technology. Where is your passion? What do you love to do? Are you working on projects, dreams and goals that involve your passion?
Never Giving Up
Perseverance or persistence means never giving up even when difficulties arise or delays occur in the journey towards achieving your goals and dreams. I am sure most of us have heard the story of Edison inventing the light bulb and how he failed 1000 times before he had success and we have light bulbs today. He never gave up. He persevered and counted those failures more as learning what did not work. How many times do I want to give up because something did not work immediately? The answer is too many. It doesn’t mean I did give up but the temptation to do so became very strong at times.
Practice and Steps to Success
Patience goes hand in hand with perseverance for it is that ability to tolerate those delays in the journey or troubles that come and to do it with a good attitude. That can be the stickler at times – that with a good attitude. In many ways patience and perseverance are best buddies who always hang out together. Together they help us form a mindset that helps us reach our dreams and see our passions come to life. Patience is not something we like to work on, or at least I know I don’t. I want to get from the start of a project to the end as quickly as possible. Last year I wrote a book of devotionals called On Track. I gathered the ideas while my husband and I took our train trip in 2018. I wrote them out and would have liked them to be fantastic at the first try so I could jump straight to publishing them and get them out to the audience who could be encouraged by reading them. But that’s not the way the process works and it is a process that takes multiple steps and patience to get them all done.
I persevered. I edited and had the pieces read by several other people so they could give me feedback. The next step is to accept the feedback and make more changes and edits before letting a professional editor have a turn with the manuscript. I hoped she would find very little to change but alas there were more edits necessary and a cover design and ISBN number to procure. You get the picture. The passion to tell the stories took perseverance to write, edit multiple times and do any other steps necessary before the goal of a book could be realized. It took patience for each piece to be done as well. It also took the perspiration – the hard work to make it happen.
Patience and Perseverance
The Bible talks about patience and perseverance in relation to our lives.
James 1: 2-4 says,
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything.”
Romans 12: 12 says,
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer”
God desires us to be patient and persevere no matter what trials, hardships and setbacks occur along our life’s journey and he promises to be with us every step of the way. Perseverance, that mindset of sticking to it and never giving up, allows us to become mature and complete. How’s that for a picture of success, God’s way. When our faith is tested, when we are tempted to give up on the project, the dream, or even on life, we can know there is hope. It is good to keep on going with a good attitude, a positive mindset, and a renewed passion for following wherever God leads.
So let’s focus on God and give him all our dreams. Then let’s pursue the direction he sends us. We can aim high and celebrate each small step along the way as we pursue passion with perseverance, patience and some perspiration too.
Listen to Carol’s program Puzzle Pieces Of Life.
Carol Harrison B.Ed is a speaker and published author with one book, Amee’s Story and stories in twelve anthologies. She is passionate about helping people of all ages and ability levels find their voice and reach their fullest potential.
She knows, through personal experience that some of life’s experiences are tougher than others. She encourages people that even in the twists and turns of life God’s amazing grace provides hope. She lives in Saskatoon, SK with her husband Brian. They have four adult children and a dozen grandchildren.
Visit Carol’s website carolscorner.ca
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