You’ve set new goals, yet before long you've given up. Do you find you never seem to reach your dream?
Mark Llewhellin, who failed his 1½ mile basic fitness test when he joined the British army, went on to become a coveted Green Beret. With motivation and determination he is running across America for charity. Here, he shares with you his secrets for success ...
Goal setting is the easy part - it’s achieving that goal that’s the challenge.
There’s been times I’ve found it tough, but with sheer determination I’ve achieved what I’ve set out to do and continue to dream and achieve and run.
Here, I reveal how I do it and I urge you to give it a go, it works ...
1. Think Big
If you want to succeed at something there is no point in just thinking small. Many people don’t like to admit why they don’t think big and it’s mainly because they don’t feel worthy of the goal.
It’s true that the bigger the goal the tougher it may be to reach, but you need to focus on something big that inspires you.
2. Set Goals.
To make your dream a reality, you need to set goals. It’s so easy to drift through life or become side- tracked when you don’t have a goal and a time deadline. You can break down a big goal into smaller goals.
3. Visualise Success
Think about being successful and mentally see what you would like to achieve before you achieve it. You must believe in yourself and that comes from reaching one small goal at a time.
4. Connect With Successful People.
Connect with successful people. When you connect with people who have achieved what you want to do, you will often think, “hey, if they can do it, so can I”.
It’s now easier than ever to connect with high-achievers with the internet. You can use tools like Twitter, Manage Flitter and Linkedin. If you respect what they’ve done tell them!
People like praise no matter how successful they are. High-achievers are human too. Even top athletes and movie stars have bad days – your tweet or letter could be the one to pick them up.
You may even meet them and become friends. Their attitude and success will rub off on you.
5. Use Negative People As A Driving Force.
There will always be people who don’t believe in you and want to tear you down – accept it. They could even be family.
Don’t bother trying to argue or change their minds, just take action and prove them wrong. Use your energy for your dream, and limit your time with critiques, even if it is family.
6. Feed Your Mind With Success Media
This can come from motivational speakers, self-development books, biographies, movies, music and interviews with high-achievers. If you want to be like everyone else, then work from 9 'til 5, have food and sit down watching TV for the rest of the night.
Balanced, happy achievers are careful with what they feed their mind and put more hours in than Joe or Jane average.
7. Be Persistent.
When you’re heading towards your dream, all hell can break lose. Health challenges (yes, top athletes have them), money challenges (yes, millionaires have them), people you love die and all sorts of other things can and often do go wrong.
You’ll get knocked all over the place but you also have the courage and ability to overcome and succeed.
8. Don’t take Failing Too Hard.
So you swing the bat and fail at something, so what, it’s not the end of the world. The highest achievers have usually failed and had far more setbacks than average people.
So if you fail keep swinging, pick yourself up and go again. You must believe that you are destined for success.
9. Be Yourself.
You are unique. There is no one here quite like you. Stop being a cloned-sheep and break out of the Matrix. You must risk falling and failure if you want the big prize.
10. Keep Balanced.
This may be one of the toughest things to do because in life there are always conflicts. When you’re going for true-balanced success it’s easy to get obsessed and lose your way in life.
We all know of rich and famous people who have found life extremely difficult, even when they appear to have everything a person could ever want. Be grateful for what you have got and focus on that as well as future goals.
Paul McCartney may never hit the record sales now that he had when in The Beatles, but he can be be a better painter and father.
The contradiction here in relation to persistence is that sometimes you have to mentally let go of one thing to get another. And what you want is something only you can decide.
11. Be nice to people & have humility.
OK, I know we said 10 tips, but this is important too: Be nice to people and have humility.
In closing I’d like to suggest that you follow your heart. There will be many setbacks, roadblocks and failures, just realise it’s part of the success process. You have the ability to achieve great things in this world.
Believe in yourself and be the best you can be.Take action and never give in, because YOU are destined for great things. ONWARDS & UPWARDS!