I always got curious to know what success all
about is and how one can succeed in life.
When I was young I was told by my parents to choose a career which can
provide financial security to the golden years of your life and stop dreaming
outside the assumed boundaries. To them and me that became a destiny until the
day, I got enlightened by my childhood mentor who said, find out the purpose of
life and act accordingly. That shifted my belief and my approach towards my own
There are six key elements to lead a successful
and fulfilled life.
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney
How true Walt Disney had been! Dhirubhai Ambani once also said “If you can
dream BIG you can do it.”
I witnessed the success of many celebrities, and found one thing in common –
they all followed their dreams, took baby steps every day, monitored their progress,
and reached where they are today. One can overcome their own shortcoming if
they dare to dream BIG and do something unimaginable. Try it out it really works!
“I have had dreams, and I’ve had nightmares. I
overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.” – Jonas Salk
Your attitude, not your
aptitude, will determine your altitude. Zig Ziglar
prospective towards your life take a sea level change once you persist with the
positivity in your attitude. Attitude is contagious which helps you to tide over
a crisis situation smoothly. Surround yourself with the people who display
positivity in their approach. To realize your BIG dreams it is so very
important to always act with the positive frame of mind to achieve what you
Life is not just about surviving
but living to its fullest to create your own destiny. Motivation plays a key
role in guiding you to the peak of your life and stay there. As A. P. J. Abdul Kalam rightly puts it
“the bird is powered by its own
life and by its motivation.”
When you look at people who are successful, you will
find that they aren't the people who are motivated, but they have consistency
in their motivation too. Consistency is the key to keep you going despite all odds.
Passion is all about pursuing
something with great intensity. No task can look BIG and unachievable if
pursued with great velocity and passion. Identify your dreams and go for it. I have observed my
professionals turned entrepreneurs fail in their attempt to be of their own
majorly due to lack of this very element.
Passion can take you where you want to be professionally.
Great works are performed not
by strength but by perseverance. Benjamin
Perseverance is all about making a choice to stay with what you want and never
give up. If you pursue a goal or a dream which is very close to your heart than
you will have to stick to it no matter what other people feel about it. If you
fail 19 times you will definitely succeed the 20th time. American President
Abraham Lincoln, who lost eight elections,
twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown. He could have
quit many times - but he didn't and because he didn't quit, he
became one of the greatest presidents in the history.
Johnson also puts it
“Through hard work, perseverance
and a faith in God, you can live your dreams”.
Sometimes we need to remind
ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue.
An attitude of gratitude adds to the positivity to your state of
mind. Be blessed with what you have in life than thinking about what you do not
have. People generally prefer to stay with happy, grateful and cheerful people
than miserable, down cast, merchant of doom and gloom. As a consequence, truly
grateful people attract more opportunities in their personal and professional
lives than non grateful ones.
Consider keeping a gratitude journal and write down all things
which you are grateful of every day for a month. You will be surprised with the
result of this daily log and find yourself with the higher level of enthusiasm,
alertness, determination, optimism and energy.
Thankfulness is an important element of success. It is an attitude
we need to learn to acquire – particularly when we feel ourselves in a