I am a teacher, I don’t give grades, I merely record what my students earn and assign a numeric value to it. The higher the student performance, the higher the letter grade, A being an indication of excellence while a C indicates average.
So many of us are underachievers; being content with a C, just passing in life rather than striving for an A. But the honor roll students have more opportunities, more choices; they have higher self-esteem and live happier lives.
Why be content with a side dish, when the main course is in front of you? There is no reason not to strive for the best life has to offer. Why not become a superstar in life?
Here are 8 ways to do it:
1. Ask the right questions:
- What do I really want?
- What does success mean to me?
- What does my perfect life look like?
- What do I need to do in order to get there?
- What do I already have?
2. Be better than normal
- Expand your experiences, expand your life. Normal people stick with what they know. Be better than normal. Expand and grow.
- Break out of your comfort zone. To improve your lot in life, you must move beyond where you are today into the unknown.
- Improve your idea of what is good enough for you. The sky is the limit. You have the potential to be anything you can imagine.
- Dream big. The higher the hurdle, the higher you will jump. Overestimate your capabilities, you will achieve more. If you settle for being a C student, you will achieve no more than a C. If you are determined to be an A student, even if you don’t reach an A, you are more likely to achieve a B.
- Don’t adjust your dreams backward to align with the present. Dreams are about what can be not what is. Never settle.
- Decide what you really want and you will find a way to get it. WHAT always precedes HOW except in the dictionary.
3. Create a vision
- A vision will set the direction of travel. It will give you focus. When you find the direction you want to go, you will travel in that direction.
- With the right vision, you will have motivation, the energy required to move you in the direction of your goals.
- Energy will make you more employable because people like to be around energetic people. You will attract other energetic people and will move more quickly toward success.
- See yourself as a success if you want to get there. Visualize your new life and make it more familiar than your current situation. The stronger the vision, the more energy, the faster you will get there.
4. Change from the inside
- Live in the future. Today is temporary, the future is forever.
- Reality, the outside world will seem to change to match your idea of how it should look. Actually, what you notice will change to match your idea of what your life should be. Your subconscious mind only allows you to be aware of what is important to you. You will become aware of the things that are important to your goal once you have established that goal.
- Develop inner strength, your belief in your ability to make things happen in your life. You are in control.
5. Take responsibility
- Don’t wait for your fairy godmother, Santa Claus, the government or your parents to give you the means to achieve your dream. It is your dream; you must take full responsibility for making it a reality.
- Don’t allow others to plan your future. You are responsible for your own success. Plan your own life. You are responsible for the outcome no matter who plans your life; therefore don’t leave the planning to other people.
- Don’t leave your future to fate. People who are satisfied and content with their lives are the ones who take control of their own destinies. Frustration occurs when you leave your future in the hands of people who give you what they want you to have rather than what you want to have.
- Stop making excuses. You are in control of your destiny. If you give that control to others, it was your choice and your fault. Keep control of your life.
6. Be a champion
- Decide to become the best at whatever you do. Being the best requires discipline, training and practice.
- All champions are consistent. Create a schedule of improvement and stick with it. Practice regularly to improve your performance.
- Get qualified. Seek formal education as well as self-education. You are responsible for making sure that you have all of the knowledge that you need to succeed in your field. Formal education is for documentation. Self-education is for knowledge and skills. You will need both.
- Learn from others. Read, find mentors, and watch biographies. Find other people who have succeeded in achieving your goals and learn from their successes and failures. Admire them, but do not compare yourself to them. Be your own person; forge your own path.
- Do not compare yourself with others, it is counterproductive. Measure your progress in terms of improvement over your last performance.
- Work hard. Success is not about luck. Those who work hard make it and make it look easy.
- Make continual little improvements every day. These improvements will add up over time. It is a small difference between a superstar and a benchwarmer.
7. Master your money
- Develop a way to consistently add value to other’s lives and you will get paid well.
- Learn how to handle finances and handle them. It is not hard.
- Use what you have.
- Spend less than you earn.
- Invest the surplus.
- Reinvest to compound growth.
- Protect your assets.
8. Expect to win
- You worked hard for your success.
- Plan for pleasure.
- Do not feel guilty when you enjoy the fruits of your labor, you earned them.