You can succeed in ways that you never imagined possible! That’s a fact, not a fallacy. You can experience a life of deep joy and happiness. It is possible to experience peace and well-being despite, and in the mist of, the overwhelming stresses of life. All of this is true…and more.
Success and happiness are the birthright of every man and woman. That means that we all have equal ability to achieve success and happiness in our lives. If this is true, and I believe it is, then why are success and happiness such elusive realities? Why doesn’t everyone find success and happiness? Why aren’t there more happy and successful people in the world?
The sad truth is that not everyone will experience the success and happiness that are potentially available to them. Why not? There is no mystery here. Success and happiness, while available to all, are not an automatic reality. They never just happen by accident.
Way back in time, before 406 B.C., that’s over twenty four centuries ago, a Greek poet named Sophocles wrote, “Success is dependent on effort.” It was true then, it is true now, and it will always be true. Success is not easy to achieve, and it doesn’t come cheap. Nothing worth having comes easy. There is a price to pay, and not everyone is willing to pay the price.
Success and happiness don’t come to those who sit on the couch day after day eating potato chips and drinking beer. They require dedicated effort. This creates a problem for the majority of people, as we would all like to experience success and happiness with little personal effort. But it doesn’t work that way.
Success and happiness are achieved by those who work hard, live with passion, strive for excellence, persevere through difficulties, and commit to personal growth and development.
We all have only two choices: pay now and play later, or play now and pay later. There are no alternatives, no short cuts, no cutting in line, and certainly no do-overs—although it is never to late to begin the journey to success.
Years ago John Maxwell said something at one of his leadership conferences that deeply challenged me. In fact, after all these years (over 20 years) I still remember his words, even though I remember few specific details from the conference. John stated that if you read one hour a day for five years on any subject, you will become an expert in that subject. A small commitment considering the size of the reward.
Everyone can make the kind of commitment to personal growth and development that will produce success and happiness, but not everyone is willing. Are you willing? What are you willing to sacrifice for success and happiness? How much is your destiny worth to you? Sobering questions that require an answer that only you can give.
The question is not, “can you succeed?” The right question is, “are you willing to do what is necessary to succeed?” That is where the rubber meets the road, and where most people fall short of success and happiness. It’s not that they fail; but that they fail to make the effort. They fail to do what is necessary to achieve success and happiness.
There is no “key” or “secret” to success. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either lying or trying to sell you something. What is needed is a commitment to sustained intentional effort.
Those who make the effort have unlimited resources at their disposal. Never before in history have so many resources been so available to so many people. The World Wide Web has leveled the playing field in many ways, and in many areas of life, including personal growth and opportunities for success.
To begin with, never underestimate the power of a life (team or business) coach to help you elevate your game, and prepare you for success. For you to make a genuine effort will require the input of someone with the ability to teach, instruct, encourage, motivate, evaluate, and give direction. We can achieve much on our own, but we will always achieve more with the help of a coach. Every successful athlete knows the value of a coach. There is no such thing as a successful athlete without a successful coach. We are only now catching up with this mentality in personal, team, and organizational growth and development. Whether virtual or personal, you need a life coach.
While athletes universally acknowledge the value of their coach, they also recognize the importance of personal discipline and development. They don’t rely solely on their coach, they are eager to learn and practice on their own. Books, magazines, eBooks, websites, webinars, newsletters, audio and visual tools, and other such resources, are readily available to those who want to make the effort to succeed. The difficulty is not in finding resource, but in distinguishing the good from the bad, the excellent from the average. And then determining which of those speak our language, or communicate in a way that will most benefit us as individuals.
I welcome the opportunity to be your virtual life coach through this site, or to speak to you and your people at your next event. My goals as a speaker, writer, and life coach is to help you succeed and find happiness either personally or organizationally. I would be honored to be part of your journey, either through the content of this website, or at your event as a motivational speaker.
My mission is to provide you with instructional and inspirational talks and personal growth material of the highest quality. In short, my goal is to provide you with strategies and instruction that will help you achieve the highest level of success and happiness possible – that is what “Human Optimization™” is all about – and to communicate these strategies through keynote presentations, seminars, and through the content of this website.
That is my commitment to you. However, it is far more important that you make a commitment to yourself. The bottom line, however, is this: achieving success and happiness requires purposeful persistent effort. If you make the effort, it will always be rewarded.
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1. Make a decision to make an effort. There can be no change, no growth, no progress, and ultimately no success without a commitment to sustained intentional effort.
2. Find a mentor or a life coach, either virtual through their material or through personal contact, who will help you achieve your maximum potential.
3. Find some resources today that will help you on your journey to success, and set aside time each day to focus on personal growth and development.
I would love it if you visited this site regularly and benefited from the strategies found here – or even hired me to speak at your next event. However, what is important is that you find resources that will most deeply impact you.