“Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince” – ANONYMOUS
No individual’s life is a red carpet show of few filtered seconds as seen on television or social media. Even the (to be considered) flawless beauties of red carpet had to triumph over multiple stumbling blocks to garb themselves with that smile of confidence.
We as mango people, time and again allow assumptions to exert influence on our minds, on witnessing the success of an individual.
But is that success overnight?
Because success is like a rusted iron, which needs to get cleared of that rust, to get attracted to the magnet called target. And this process of clearing off the rust or overcoming obstacles with right attitude and perseverance is the bona fide journey of success. Get inspired by these real life superheroes who striven through challenges:
- Walt Disney : was challenged with deficit disorder
- D. Roosevelt : was challenged with polio
- Oprah Winfrey: was challenged with child abuse
- Benjamin Franklin: was challenged with poverty
Although there is no laid down or proven formula to overcome sizeable obstacles of any nature; be it physical, mental or financial; I have summed up a few key mantras which can unquestionably drive your zeal to conquer obstacles.
NEVER EVER GIVE UP – Never give up something which your mind can not stop thinking about. Your ambitions might be elevated to high to reach smoothly but, there is surely a way. Traverse it.
DON’T COMPARE – Never compare your life with someone else’s as we never know what others have been through. Your beginning might be their mid point.
BE OPTIMISTIC – Staying positive might be harder, but not impossible.
SET YOUR TARGETS – Follow the S.M.A.R.T approach to set your goals. Keep them short, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound.
One of the traits of successful people is how they perceive the impenetrable barriers (as referred by us the common people) as the challenges they need to embrace to reach their goals. Their confidence is their safety shield which thwarts the negativity that otherwise clings on to we people and cleaves us from the genre of champions.
TalentSmart conducted a survey which revealed that success required EQ (emotional intelligence) and amongst millions of people surveyed, 90 percent of the performers had high level of EQ. But it is not easy to maintain this high level EQ since it has to qualify several tests over a period of time. Those who succeed these tests, are champs and those who don’t are simply the spectators of real life documentaries. Here is a short list of the tests which an individual has to pass through in his life to be categorized as winners.
AGE – Age is just a number which can never define the potential hidden in a person.
WHAT OTHERS WILL THINK ATTITUDE – Successful people are more concerned about what their heart and mind thinks of them, rather than what others opine.
FEAR – Fear is unreal and choice of an individual. Dangers are for real. Fear is defined as the adrenaline rush fast enough to put you at unease. So control your fear and combat the dangers, if your eyes and efforts are set for target.
NEGATIVITY – If you can’t stop negativity from coming towards you, learn to distance yourself from it. Frame your own best solution and move on to tackle the situation your way. Because this is what successful people do.
PAST AND FUTURE – Champions don’t linger on to the past and accept the future with its share of contingencies. They believe to live and act in present.
STATE OF WORLD – Successful people don’t focus much on the negativity masking the world. Rather they direct their focus on things which are under their control: their efforts and attention. They are more charged with positivity to move themselves and the world around them in right direction.
With an attempt to conclude this ceaseless provocative topic, I would refer my amigos a book by Ryan Holiday titled The Obstacles is The Way: The timeless art of turning trials into triumph; which mentors us to bring a change in our perception and discover our way to success.