Success Comes From Within

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In order to be successful, you’re going to have to want it. It won’t happen by accident. 

You’ll need to want it bad enough to make choices that get you closer to your goals. You’ll have to choose to do whatever it takes to get closer and closer to your goals. You’ll have to choose to put in time and effort. No one else can make these choices for you.

This internal motivation is the fuel you need to get closer to your goals. There are many other factors, but that internal fire/desire is one key to your success. 

When I was in college, there were many moments that I found challenging and felt overwhelmed. I knew that no one else was going to study for me or do my schoolwork for me.  I had to do it myself. As much as I didn’t want to do it, I wanted to succeed even more. I wanted to graduate. I wanted a career. I wanted a lot more than what I had.

That desire got me through the tough times. That desire got me through the feelings of frustration. It got me through all the challenging coursework, and eventually, to graduation. 

Internal motivation doesn’t just apply to school. It applies to your career, family life, and everything else in life. How much you are able to internally motivate yourself is a huge factor in your success.

Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Success Can Be Slow (and that’s okay)

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Success isn’t something that just happens in an instant. It takes preparation, hard work, strategy, effort, and attitude. Even with all that, success isn’t guaranteed, but you are giving yourself a better shot at it. 

Every accomplishment that you would consider a success, whether it be completing an advanced degree, starting a career, building a business, or buying a house, also takes time. Sometimes people achieve these goals sooner or later than others, but no matter what, it does require time, patience, and the determination to make it happen.

Keep in mind, you don’t have all the time in the world. Sometimes there are deadlines and opportunities that are around for a limited time. You do need to have a sense of urgency, just keep in mind that success takes time.

If you’re on the road to success, that’s a good thing. Like I always say, “Slow progress is better than no progress.” 

Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Reminder: We All Struggle

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I’m just going to take a moment and be extra vulnerable and admit that this past year has been a struggle. Overall, things have been good, but it has been challenging both professionally and personally. It’s sometimes hard to see past my own perspective, and it was easy to think that I was the only one who was struggling.

Of course, I was wrong. For the past couple months, I’ve talked with lots of people in my life who, for various reasons, have also had a difficult year. These are people who are highly educated that I have the utmost respect for. In my mind, these people had their life together, and it was hard  for me to think that they struggled. To me, they made life look easy. Of course, I was wrong.

Struggle is a part of life. It’s an integral part of being alive. Facing struggle is how we grow out of our comfort zones. Struggle is a part of progress and it is integral to growth.  You are currently faced with a challenge that contains a hidden life lesson.

If you’re struggling right now, I want you to know that you’re not alone. Everyone has had to struggle throughout their lives. We’re dealing with different challenges to different extents at different times in our lives, and we’re all finding our way in our own way.

Roderick Conwi is the Executive Editor at Nourishment Notes. He is also the author of The Procrastinator's Quick Guide To Getting It Done. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.