One of my favorite mentors Dr Eric Thomas tells a story of a young man who went to see a guru in his home town; his main aim was to find out why the guru was so successful in life. What was his secret? And can he teach him this secret. The young man arrived at the home of the guru unannounced he asked the guru if he could teach him how to be successful and what the secret was if there was a secret.

The guru told the young man I’m a bit busy today let me meet you tomorrow at noon at the beach I will show you how to be successful like me. The young man agreed. The next day at noon the young man found the guru at the beach but what was odd was that he was standing in the water at about his waist height. The guru said to the young man good you came on time come in the water and I will show you how to be successful.

The young man thought in his mind I kind of didn’t come for swimming lessons but he reluctantly agreed. When he approached the guru the guru quickly grabbed him by his head and dipped his head under water for a few seconds that seemed to last like forever for the young man. The guru than pulled the young man’s head out of the water just as he was about to drown. He asked the young man when you were under the water what did you want most? He replied to breathe…The guru said if you want to succeed as badly as you want to breathe, than you will be successful.

 A lot of people say they want success but that is not enough .True success in life can only come by not settling for comfort or mediocrity, we should always strive to achieve and get the most out of life that we possibly can, it is only when we push ourselves and give it all we’ve got can we then give ourselves a pat on the back for a job well done. Success in life depends on self-discipline and not giving in at the first hurdle you come across or going into a project only half-heartedly, by pushing yourself that little bit further, you will be surprised at what you are capable of achieving; this is what separates the winners from the losers or the successful from the unsuccessful.

All people say that they want to succeed in life at whatever they do but very few are willing to actually push themselves a little bit further in order to achieve their goals, and this is why some of us succeed in life and others fail.

 How well you succeed is all about how bad you want the success, what it means to you, are you willing to succeed a little or are you willing to go the whole way and beyond to achieve a higher status and be outstanding? We all start out with the best of intentions when racing towards the goals we have set, we want to do well, provide for our families and communities. We want to start businesses that will touch lives and transform communities so we shoot like athletes in a race but many of us run out of steam and give up when the going gets tough.

True champions in life are not the smartest, the most beautiful or talented. The true champions in life are the ones who never give up, those who do have the winning streak in them are not special or a rare breed and sure they want to give up too, but they know  if they can only push a little extra harder that they know  they can do it. Life will through things at them you can never imagine but they have to be able to adapt to these unexpected happenings when they occur and not get bogged down, they learn to take them in our stride, skip around them and continue in the race.

Never settle for anything less than giving it you’re all here, here are the 7 tips to help you remember never to settle for anything in pursuit of your goals:

It doesn’t matter how big or small the project/goal put your all into getting it completed or achieved.

If you think you have given it your best shot, pause and ask yourself “Could I Improve?”

Plan out your project/goals but always be willing to make changes and work your way around the unexpected

Engage in daily self –improvements. Never think you know everything and always ask for help when necessary

Reject all self- limiting thoughts

It’s OK to pause but get back into the race and carry on until you pass the winning post.

Never ever give up!

So my question to you is: How badly do you want it?