Finding Beacons to Light Your Success Journey
Over the past two days, we’ve looked at two very important necessities for your personal success journey.
The first necessity is a road map —well-planned goals, objectives, and action steps—to guide you to the success you deserve.
The second necessity is banishing the very idea of failure from your life.
Something’s missing, though.
Much of the time with good goals and objectives, the journey will be smooth and well-lit. But there will be times when it feels like you’re traveling in the dark.
That’s when you need a beacon to guide you.
Where do you find a guiding beacon? Here’s something I got from a website about succeeding at sports to give you an idea …
Most sports require individuals to work hard to generate the potential to compete on a world stage. This can only be done efficiently with help. For your long-term prosperity, aim to develop and nurture relationships with coaches, training partners, team mates, family and friends. The regular contacts you have with these people will determine what sort of athlete you can become.
Substitute “writing” and “writer” for “sports” and “athlete” and you have your beacon. They are people who care about you and your success. You have to actively seek these people who can help you over the inevitable rough spots.
I’m very fortunate in having my wife Linda as my own beacon (and cheerleader). She’s been a constant source of encouragement from the time I decided to change my career from teaching 20 years ago. Maybe someone in your family can be your beacon.
But family can’t always give the support you need. And frequently, even when they’re able to give that support, they lack objectivity. That’s one reason I find Circle of Success so valuable for its members.
A family of a different kind
COS members provide each other with feedback and support. I’ve seen it every time at Bootcamp and other AWAI events. COS members who’ve never met in person embrace each other literally and figuratively. It amazes me how much they care about each other. And how much support they give.
But you don’t have to be in COS to get the support you need. AWAI member forums are great places to find it. But to get that support and encouragement, you have to view the forum as a community and actively join that community. No lurking on the outside.
You can also find support outside of AWAI. Find one person in your circle of friends you trust. Talk to them about the change you’ve made in your career … or the change you’re about to make.
Ask them to be your beacon. To help you through the inevitable dark patches. Tell them you’re not looking for advice so much as kind words or cheerleading from the sidelines.
And to make this relationship work, make it mutual.
These support beacons aren’t always easy to find. But it’s worth your effort to look … and look carefully … for that special someone who will keep you moving on the road to success.
Well, what did you think about today’s note? Tell us in the comments section … or ask a question … or share other thoughts you have about success. We’d love to hear them.
Tomorrow: At last … the one person who can guarantee your success.
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