as published in the Blytheville Courier News on Thursday, October 15, 2015
By TOM HENRY
You can do it! Each of you were created to win in life, but to win in life you must not only plan to win and prepare to win, but more importantly you must expect to win. If you can believe it, then you can see it. It is a proven fact that you will live out what you believe. If you believe you will fail, you surely will, but if you can only believe you’ll succeed…
You don’t have to be a winner to begin working on your dream, but you must begin working to ever see it to come to pass. One of the most common mistakes is when people think they have to know every step of the process from the beginning. As Zig Ziglar said, “Go as far as you can see. When you get there, you’ll be able to see farther”.
How many times have we heard the old saying that winners never quit and quitters never win? Failing at something does not make you a loser, it is only after ceasing to dream and try does one become a loser. Just remember, if you learn from your mistakes and get a little better each day, then you haven’t lost or failed, you are getting closer to your goal and that is winning.
How do you eat an elephant? The answer is one bite at a time. How does every journey of a thousand miles begin? The answer is with the first step. Ninety-nine percent of the formula guaranteeing success is simply getting started. Far too many people die with their novel still in them or their song only in their soul. How many terrific ideas that would make a person rich have you personally had that you didn’t act upon, only to see someone else do it later and make big money?
Success always goes through people though. The key is to under promise and over deliver. When, on the job, if you do more than you are paid to do, then one day you will eventually get in a position where you are paid for more than you actually physically do.
The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary and every person/firm is hired to be a solution to a problem. If they ever cease to be a solution and become part of the problem, then they get fired.
Also, to young employees I’d say that you don’t often get to skip rungs on the ladder of promotion in the workplace. You really don’t, so don’t ever try to sabotage your boss. But if you make your boss look good enough to get promoted, then you are guaranteed they will pull you up with them. The sky is the limit! If you are as good as you think you are, then they will not be able to handle their new job without having you there to bail them out anyway!
So what is it that you are most passionate about? Is it writing? Cooking? Maybe you absolutely love sewing or painting houses. Do you have a gift to fix cars and build things? Did God give you the gift of administration or teaching?
I am not saying that if you sit down, close your eyes, burn incense and hum some far eastern music while saying quietly to yourself, “I believe, I believe, I believe”, that all of your dreams will magically materialize and cost you nothing to obtain. That is pure fairy tale and just plain stupid.
What I am saying is, find that thing that makes you unique. That thing that burns passionately within you, that you enjoy so much that it comes naturally and gives you so much enjoyment that you can’t even believe you can get paid to do it. Make sure its legal. Then do it better than anyone else ever has. Push the boundaries of what people have believed possible far forward into the world of “I don’t know anyone that can do that”, and then watch doors open for you. Your gift will make room for you…room for prosperity and promotion.
Zig Ziglar said it best when he said, “You really can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” Be the solution they are desperately looking for today. They will pay you dearly for it.