You don’t know, what you don’t know. And in this world, the only way to really, really, know, is to go ahead and do it.
Or, to have enough references and experiences, with people who have done it before.
It’s like figuring out the path to where you want to go, when all you have is a vague sense of the result, and you don’t have a map, and all you have are hearsay of the ones who have gone before you.
If you want to succeed, you’ll have to go and find out, and know.
What is it that I don’t know, and maybe you don’t know, that is crucial to succeed?
What it’s like to succeed?
I realized that I didn’t have what it took to succeed, because I didn’t know what it was like to succeed.
What does it take, what do I need to do? And what kind of person do I need to become?
Simply put, it’s not knowing the difference between winning and losing.
Many people, I myself included, don’t really know what to do to succeed, because I have not yet experienced, and lack references, on what it’s like to succeed.
And what’s the journey like.
What if the hardship and pain that I’m trying so hard to avoid is, in reality, the way forward?
I really don’t know, and one thing that would help is to have faith in yourself, your abilities, and in the unseen progress that is happening.
That’s why I’m a fan of autobiographies – of people themselves telling their story, what it took to succeed, and what dark moments and hardships they had to overcome.
Especially the clue – on how they knew they were succeeding or not.
How do you know if you’re succeeding or not?
What top performers do
Because there is the top 1% who are richer, have achieved more, and are happier.
The main difference, is what they do, and think, compared to the rest.
Also of importance, and a main differentiating factor, is what they think – their beliefs and mindset.
Many of which, run contrary to the common trends and fads being pushed my media and society today.
“Be willing to do what other’s won’t, so you can do what other’s can’t” is a quote I heard from a trainer from the Navy SEALs.
Top performers do exactly that – they figure out ways to make the most out of their time, energy, and resources, to get better and better results.
Usually, disproportionate results – looking for a return greater than what was invested.
There are a lot of tools and resources out there that list what top performers do, but here’s the catch – it’s not a one time thing.
These top performers have been doing these behaviors and practices for months, even years.
It’s not just the action per se that will get results. It’s the consistent practice of these actions that bring about the results.
Have faith in creating habits and routines that will build your capability to excel, and get the results that you want.
What real pain is involved
Usually, what is portrayed in a lot of get-rich stories is the results – the big houses, the fast cars, the vacations, and the freedom.
But what’s not being shown, is what real pain people had to get through to get those results.
How many years of sacrifices? Of rebuilding their self-concepts? Of failing and trying and not seeing anything sustainable or tangible?
How was it for them to experience the pain of trying and trying, and nothing sticking? Of having no assurance of success?
Of being lonely, and misunderstood, because many people understand comfort, fitting in, and mediocrity, but not excellence.
The pain involved in getting things done, instead of throwing up excuses.
Even something as simple as getting up at 5 in the morning to go to the gym.
The sooner we come to terms that there will be pain involved in the journey, and that it comes in these ways and factors, the sooner we can come out of our shell, and just face the head-on.
It’s why we procrastinate – not because we’re not ready, but because we’ve tied our self-worth to our ability to deliver results, and we fear we are not able to deliver those results with certainty.
That’s why we dilly-dally. We put off for tomorrow what we can do, today.
Go through the pain. Get it done.
Success is about knowing
It’s about knowing that you can do so much more, even if you don’t feel it.
It’s about believing in yourself and in what you can do, even if you don’t see it.
It’s about knowing that you don’t know everything, even if the world expects you to.
Why don’t you have the results you want?
Because there are things that you have yet to know.
What do you want to know on your path to success? Let us know in the comments below!