“S” Is For Success

By: D. A. Slinkard

Nine months of 2022 are now complete, and there are a mere three months remaining in this year. We are now to letter “S” in our series and our word is “Success.” In the last article, we touched on results, and my question is — Are you getting the results you hoped for in 2022? You must be honest and open with yourself concerning what you have or have not achieved. There are some things we can change, and there are some things we cannot impact at all. We need to focus on what we can change and make the necessary adjustments to hit our desired results.

The definition of success is going to vary from person to person, and this is something we all must be conscious of. We must take the time to think about what our non-negotiables will be, and this non-negotiable is something we are not willing to compromise on. It is something we are willing to give one-hundred-percent effort in making sure we accomplish success. Do not be fooled into thinking you can give 110 percent because it is just not possible. There is no one that can give this much effort, and though it sounds good, we cannot believe this fallacy. Typically, the 110 percenters only give forty to fifty percent.

You have three months left to make something out of your year, and if you are not careful, the three months are going to dwindle to just looking forward to the upcoming year. Go ahead and decide how the rest of your year is going to play out. Go ahead and decide now whether you are going to be the hero or the zero with the time you have remaining. Are you going to do something great to make your family proud or are you going to be all right with achieving the same old mediocre results as in years past? Sadly, too many people are going to be all right with just barely doing enough to get by.

Only you can decide how this year is going to end for you, and I already know most people are going to end up making excuses why they cannot get motivated to make the necessary changes they already know need to be made. Many people have already given up on this year when they should be motivated to make something out of each day. Why give up now when you have so much time left? That is just it, though, a person must realize they have something worth fighting for. What are the things worth fighting for in your life? Take the time to name that which is important to you. You may surprise yourself when you realize how much you do have worth fighting for.

In my life, the thing worth fighting for is my desire to provide for my wife and my daughters. These three individuals are the motivation I need to find success. What motivation do you have? What motivating force do you have for people who would want to see you succeed in 2022? Take the time and think about these people. Take the time and think about your motivational reasons and then implement a plan to achieve your desired results. However, many people struggle with this concept right here because we all know what we want to achieve, yet not everyone is willing to do what is required to achieve those results.

It is not too late to make something out of 2022, but you must make the conscious decision to do something today. It does not matter what you have done or have not done thus far in 2022, these things are all in the past. The only thing you can focus on now is the future and what lies ahead for you. Do not get caught up on what you have not accomplished and start thinking about what you will accomplish. Go ahead and determine your motivation for the remainder of this year, and then make the decision to just do it. The biggest mistake people make in life is they fail to make the decision to just do it. They try to plan, plan, plan, but they never take the time to just go do it. If you want success, just make it happen and stop putting off today what needed to be done yesterday. You can achieve what you want, but it is going to take effort and work to achieve success.

By: D. A. Slinkard

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