Famous comedian and political activist Sir Anthony Robinson, once said that “People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Personally this quote embodies the process of what it takes to be successful.
First, setting goals is important and a fundamental component to long-term success.
The reason for setting goals is so that you know what you are trying to achieve before achieving it. Goals are to help you be motivated in life and give you a reason to strive even harder in order to reach them. When setting a goal, you have to be realistic because not every goal is capable of being achieved. An example of a realistic goal is ‘I want to make starting lineups for my basketball team this year. ‘An example of an unrealistic goal, ‘I want to be in the All-star game playing with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving by next month’.
You also have to keep in mind of how long will it take for you to accomplish those goals, so therefore you have to choose between long and short term goals. Long-term goals are usually set, but they cannot be achieved without short-term goals. The long-term is something that takes a long time to achieve, like ‘I want to save up for a car,’ and short-term is something that does not take a long period of time to achieve ‘I want to save up for a pair of Jordan’s’.
When trying to achieve a goal you should make it specific, for example not just saying ‘I want to run my own sneaker business, say ‘Within one month, I will have my first client in order to kick start my businesses’. When setting goals, it is important that the goal is measurable and possible to be completed.
Secondly, taking risks is a very important task to reach accomplishments. In life, you have to take risks because they can change someone’s future and impact his or her life with the choices that are made. Failure is the first step in becoming successful, so when risk are being taken you are learning new things which are your weaknesses and strengths. For example, Martin Luther King Jr. risked his life and his family’s life to put an end to segregation. He fought for equality between black and white citizens, even if it would cause him his life. The first steps we took as a toddler were a risk, because we risked falling or successfully taking our first steps. Every action has a reaction, and just by doing little things in life to make a difference, you are taking risks in life.
Thirdly, if you do not believe in yourself then who will? Having self-motivation, also known as optimism, is important because motivation is the key to success. In order to be successful you have to have the mentality to never give up and keep moving forward. Without motivation, you cannot achieve or accomplish anything, because you have no purpose to strive towards your goal. Motivation is an essential life skill, the reason being is because motivation sets priorities and pushes through setbacks you have in life.
In addition, it is important to take action because actions gives you success and satisfaction. When you take actions you are creating habits, which leads you to success. For example, do not say that you want to be successful, go out and do what it takes so that you can become successful. “Actions speak louder than words”, meaning that you can say that you are going to do something a million times, but if you are not acting upon it, it does not mean anything.
All in all, success is defined in various ways, but I define it as someone who has the ability to set goals and accomplish them. The three steps to becoming successful are to set goals, take risks, and have self-motivation. Without any of those three things you will not succeed, because throughout your whole life those are the things you have to do on the daily basis. You set goals to take control of your life, instead of it taking control of you. You take risks so that you can achieve a goal weather it effect or affect your life. Self-motivation is what you need to help you complete a task, without the input of another individual.