Are You Preparing Yourself for Success – Or Failure?

Depending on how you are approaching your life and managing your time, you are either preparing yourself for success – or you are preparing yourself for failure.

Now, I truly believe that people have the will to succeed. I don’t doubt that for a moment. But I think the real reason more people aren’t successful is NOT because they don’t want to be successful. They do. I would submit that the reason more people aren’t successful is because not enough of us are properly preparing ourselves for success! Preparation basics:

About You

My mother would always say, “Tell me who you hang out with, and I will tell you who you are.”

If you hang out with people who read inspiring books, take advantage of professional development seminars, stay away out of toxic relationships – guess what? There’s a good chance you will read inspiring books, attend professional development seminars and stay out of toxic relationships. This is not rocket science here. This is just good ole common sense; and my mother had a PhD in common sense!

About Relationships

Never above you. Never below you. Always besides you. – Walter Winchell

You hang out with eagles, and guess what, you start acting like an eagle. You start flying like an eagle. But, can you guess what happens to people who hang out with ducks? That’s right – they start to quack and walk like a duck. Have you ever heard the expression “he’s a sitting duck”? It means someone is just sitting there, waiting for their ship to come in. They don’t realize it “ain’t” coming!

About Preparing for Success

“The will to win is important. But the will to win isn’t worth a nickel unless you also have the will to prepare!” – Rick Pitino

When preparing yourself for success, you must seek out beneficial relationships with winners who are excited and have a purpose; instead of associating with losers who get jealous when you start doing better than they are.

To prepare yourself for success, you have to cultivate trusting and enduring relationships with mentors who can help you reach a new level of achievement. To prepare yourself for success, you have to continually cultivate new relationships with people who will challenge you to grow and break out of your comfort zone. To prepare yourself for success, you must let go of people who are holding you back.

Question: Are you preparing for success or failure?