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“Never Give Up”

hat makes a person successful? from quitting too soon. The reason most pride of knowing you can succeed no

W In my series of articles on Steps


To Success, I have written about
the keys to achieving success.
people fail to achieve their goals is
because they give up on trying.
Challenges and obstacles throw them off
matter what. True pride is based on
fulfilling your potential rather than
comparing yourself with others.
their path. You must develop the ■ Willingness To Risk: You must have
■ I. The first step was Know Your perseverance to say, “I will not quit” in the courage to take unusual actions and
Goals. You must know what you want the face of many difficulties. to take risks in order to achieve your
before you can achieve it. Having clear- A lack of desire is a common reason goals. Success does not come easily. It
cut, written goals is the foundation for for quitting. If your goal is not requires innovation and stepping out on a
ultimately obtaining whatever you something that burns deeply inside you, limb in order to climb to the top.
desire. you might be tempted to throw in the ■ Habit Formation: Persistence is a
towel at the first sign of a challenge. habit. Day after day, month after month,
■ II. The next step is to Know Your Your success potential increases if you practice persistence, it becomes an
Plan. Once you know what you want, exponentially with the amount of desire automatic behavior.
you must determine how you are going you have. William James gave us a powerful
to get there. A written plan is your road Along with desire, commitment is formula for developing new habits:
map to success; a way to crystallize your another important ingredient for
thinking and keep you from falling off perseverance. Commitment creates focus 1. Commit to pay whatever price to
track. Having a plan also helps you to and fosters a willingness to work toward develop the new habit.
anticipate and overcome obstacles that your goal at any cost. Most goals require
might otherwise keep you from attaining a great deal of time and dedication, they 2. Start immediately. Take every
your goal. are not obtained with instant opportunity to substitute your new habit
gratification. Without the commitment to for your old behavior.
■ III. Know Why You Want Your
Goal is the third essential step to see a goal through to the end, most
people will give up long before they 3. No exceptions. Developing a new
success. Without a “why,” you have no
have a chance to succeed. Complete habit is like rolling up a ball of string – if
motivation, no desire to achieve what
commitment is the only way to achieve you fall back into your old habit you are
you have set forth for yourself.
success. It sustains you when you feel letting the ball of string fall and
Motivation gives you the stamina to stay
like quitting, and rewards you when you completely unravel.
in it for the long haul, to continue to
overcome obstacles and not to give into succeed.
In order to have commitment to your The final ingredient you need to never
them. You must be self-motivated in
goals, you must develop persistence. give up is to be thankful for adversity.
order to achieve success.
The following attitudes are what make When you face adversity, you use your
■ IV. In my last article, Believe up persistence: full potential, you become more creative,
Yourself To Success, I discussed the more intense, and more confident that
fourth imperative step to success ■ Determination: Determination is a you can keep moving toward your goal.
which is Know You Can. Confidence is refusal to quit or give up. It means not By looking at adversity in this way, you
the force which propels you toward your giving mental recognition to the ensure that when you encounter it, you
goal. Without confidence, you will lack possibility of defeat. If you absolutely will not run or give up. You will look
the knowledge that you can actually refuse to accept failure, you have forward to the upcoming obstacles in
achieve your goal and not just dream virtually guaranteed your success. your path and know that you can
about it. Belief is what creates the ■ Patience: Success is a long process. overcome them. Without adversity, there
expectation of success. Without the patience to delay your would be no reason to succeed.
gratification until you have achieved You now have the essential steps to
■ V. The fifth and final step to success your goal, you will give up long before success and are ready to begin to climb
is to Never Give Up. Having a goal, a and settle for rewards with more instant your own ladder. You can do it – Never
plan, desire, and confidence to achieve gratification. A person’s maturity level is Give Up!
your goal isn’t enough. You must use determined by their ability to delay
that desire and confidence to follow gratification.
By Randy Slechta, President of
through with your plan and ultimately ■ Pride: When you recognize that you Leadership Management
achieve your goal. You must never quit. are a unique individual with strong International, Inc. a global
leadership and organizational
Ninety-nine percent of all failures come qualities and confidence, you develop a development company.

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