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By Richard Brody
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Expert Author Richard Brody
Although each of us have different concepts of success, the two things that are always relevant to achieving success is whether someone has self confidence, and commits to the needed preparation and planning. One’s success comes about as a result of achieving certain goals and aspirations, and accomplishing something that is personally important and fulfilling. The late Arthur Ashe said, “One important key to success is self confidence. An important key to self confidence is preparation.” Success does not come about because we plan for success, but rather because we focus on our dreams, aspirations and goals, and pursue those with absolute commitment and personal integrity .
1. Why is self confidence so vital to eventual success? Since success is not an overnight sensation, but rather a long term project, there will always be the inevitable hiccups and challenges along the way. There is no room for wallowing in self – doubt, or self – pity, because these are non – constructive and negative behaviors that sap us of our strength and focus. Long term accomplishments require a unique type of persistence and perseverance, and often requires us to pick ourselves up and start over. The late General, Dr. Robert Shira, often attributed his unbelievable successes to outlasting his contemporaries. Our greatest inventors, such as Thomas Alva Edison, Albert Einstein, and Alexander Graham Bell, shared one important attribute, which was their self confidence. That is what permitted them to consider what others may have considered failures as actions that brought them one step closer to creating something extremely important. Abraham Lincoln faced many obstacles before he finally was elected President. He was defeated in numerous previous campaigns, but always held firm to his beliefs, and maintained the self confidence to never permit what others would consider a defeat to defeat him. Rather, his self confident attitude drove him to persist and fight on for the ideals he felt most essential .
2. All the self confidence in the world will not bring on success unless one commits to the planning and preparation necessary to achieve one’s goals. That means accepting setbacks and not being defeated by them, while planning contingencies and alternatives to achieve one’s vital vision. Our greatest achievers and leaders have always believed in what they felt was the need, and focused on ways to achieve .
Success is not something one plans for. Great achievers focus on getting things accomplished, focusing rather on needs, goals, and a vital vision. When self confidence is combined with planning and preparation, one always has the best possibility of being successful .
Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, and Director of Development, as well as a consultant. He has professionally run events, consulted to over a thousand leaders, and conducted personal development seminars, for over 30 years. Rich has written three books and well over a thousand articles. His company, PLAN2LEAD, LLC has an informative website http://plan2lead.net and Plan2lead can also be followed on Facebook http://facebook.com/Plan2lead