As Napoleon Hill asserted, “No man has a chance to enjoy permanent success until he begins to look in the mirror for the real cause of all his mistakes.”
One of the key words in that quote is permanent!
In my own professional journey I did experience many successes early on in my career. I’m grateful for every step I’ve taken and I don’t look back with any regrets. I am who I am today because of the path I’ve taken and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Part of my journey did include having to face some harsh realities because of early successes. One of those realities was that success wasn’t going to ‘just happen’ to me as I moved forward in my career. By experiencing certain levels of success at early stages in my journey, I came to expect that success would ‘just happen.’ My thoughts were that I may have to wait for a period of time in order for circumstances to change, or for a new job to open up, but I believed success would find me one way or another.
I quickly experienced what James Allen was articulating when he said, “People are anxious to improve their circumstances, but never willing to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound.”
I woke up one day bound, realizing that I wanted a change in my circumstances that was above who I was at that moment. I was going to have to change myself first, before I could expect the world around me to adjust.
I was forced to make a decision. As Abraham Maslow asserted, “You will either step forward into growth, or backwards into safety.” My decision was that simple. Step forward and grow, or retreat to safety, which was a decision to go in the wrong direction.
I knew I was destined for more. My desire to accomplish my purpose caused me to leap into the unknown and create an environment for more growth to occur in my life. It wasn’t easy, and it came at a personal cost.
I’ve learned that growth always comes at a cost. But isn’t that true for anything worthwhile in life? It costs something.
John Maxwell says, “If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”
Do something different today, and enjoy different results!