51% Dreams

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It’s Not All About Hard Work

Everything starts within your imagination. Everything starts within your mind. Everything starts within your dreams. What’s the point of working hard if you don’t know why you’re working hard in the first place? What’s the point of endless hours of devotion if all that hard work is not aligned with your dreams? Do you even have dreams? If you’re stuck and don’t know where you’re headed, then start with your dreams. Once you figure them out, then the rest becomes history.

Whenever you become down in life and hopeless that your future is over, remind yourself of your dreams and allow them to fill you with power, motivation and inspiration. Every time you feel derailed off your path to success, use your dreams to get you back on track. You’ll encounter many moments of discouragement, disappointments and even failures, but it’s how you get yourself back up that matters the most. Use your dreams as an anchor to prevent you from falling too many times; to prevent you from drowning!

The formula is simple: 50% hard work + 51% dreams = 101% success.

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Hard Work Stings

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But Why It Pays Off In The End

Because it feels good. After training your mind to consistently work hard over many years, you start deriving pleasure from it even if it stings in the moment. Of course anyone would prefer to relax and not have to work for a living if they had the opportunity, but even then, that scenario does not guarantee happiness. Hard work that is enjoyed almost always brings satisfaction and satisfaction often translates into happiness. But this is considering that you’re also incorporating free time and leisure activities around your hard work; if it’s all work but no play, then happiness flies out the window!

So whenever you are experiencing those long, unexpected, grueling days at work, remind yourself that you are not the only one going through them, and that happiness will be your reward before your turn off the lights at the end of the day!

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Used To Working Hard

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If Not You, Then Who?

No one enjoys waking up early on a Saturday to go to work; as a matter of fact, no one enjoys waking up early on any day of the week to go to work. But we do it because someone has to pay the bills and because that’s what our job requires of us. The system is based around the idea of following the rules or getting fired and replaced by someone who is willing to follow the rules.

The only way you can bypass these rules is if you become wealthy or your own employer; this way, you control almost everything about your day. But achieving any of these things is not an easy task and requires hard work in and of itself. So the alternative to giving up and becoming financially miserable and dependent on others is to keep pushing by working hard.

I emphasize in multiple articles that the most important factor at play is your mindset; no one can take that away from you. If you shift it by starting to view hard work as a fun process, it helps to alleviate the fatigue and stress. The reason why you also want to change your mindset in this way is because at the end of the day, you should be enjoying what you’re doing for work.

If you enjoy what you do but not the hard work that’s required of it, then are you truly enjoying it to the max? Your mind seems to be divided, “I like what I do but I hate working hard at it.” This is what I mean by shifting your mindset and starting to view hard work as a fun process. It also helps to slow down in the moment and not rush at tasks; attempting to complete everything at a fast pace “just to get it over with” only makes the process more unenjoyable.

Hard work is what separates the humans who don’t have financial freedom from those who do. But hard work is not everything because there are people who work hard and still are poor! The key is to find something in life that will reward you handsomely for your hard work. If you’re going to be working hard at something you enjoy doing it, you might as well get paid well for it!

Why would you want to work hard at something that does not reward you well financially? The idea is to enjoy life as much as possible, even when that involves working hard.

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Hard Work Does Not Stop Today

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My Hard Work Was Not Enough

The concept of hard work is based on the idea that if you put in a lot of time and effort into an activity, you will reap a benefit or reward. Many people wish to reap a certain benefit or reward, but without working hard; it’s just not possible. Sometimes there are exceptions, such as good luck or help from another person, but most of the time, hard work is what pays off in the end.

Many people also give up after putting in a lot of hard work and not seeing the results that they expected. They either give up altogether or stop putting in as much effort as they previously did. It’s very common to lose hope and drive after not seeing the results that you expected, but it’s also very common to keep pushing and striving for those results!

Giving up is the difference between those who achieve and those who fall behind. Many people fall behind and that’s why the top is very lonely. In order not to fall behind, you have to force yourself to work hard even when you don’t want to; especially when you are feeling lazy and hopeless.

Working hard when in good spirits is great because you can keep pushing forward. But working hard when you’re experiencing low energy and frustration is equally as important; maintaining hard work in difficult times is what will provide you with stamina and strength. The more difficult times that you successfully experience, the easier the process will get.

Even when you have achieved the benefit or reward that you were aiming for, hard work doesn’t stop today! There is so much more that you can accomplish if you just keep maintaining your work ethic and perseverance. Even after many accomplishments, the same feelings of tiredness and wanting to give up will persist; the cycle doesn’t stop unless you decide for it to stop.

So don’t give up! Keep the cycle going until you become completely satisfied. But whatever you do, do not fall behind because you gave up; don’t allow regrets to prevent your happiness from flourishing.

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Kill Em With Success

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The Successful Recipe

Belief. Hard work. Sacrifice. And more belief. To be successful, you have to be willing to give up your old mindset of mediocracy and come up with a realistic plan that you can accomplish. Success is step-wise; you climb the staircase and build off your previous accomplishments.

It starts with vision and belief. You have to envision yourself in the future: where you want to be, what kind of person you want to be, your financial situation, your social situation, where you want to live, how much you want to work, etc. The next step is to believe your vision.

Believing your vision may be one of the most difficult steps because it requires constant repetition during times of adversity. With ups and downs, your vision and beliefs take many blows to the side of the head; you start to lose your confidence. But this is when you must stand up harder than before and fight! Persistence and determination get you to the finish line and beyond.

Sacrificing your old mindset, habits and lifestyle is also very important. For some, this may be giving up alcohol, drugs, laziness, a passive lifestyle, friends who are not supportive and not going far in life, etc. Whatever you think is holding you back, you must sacrifice. You cannot expect success and lead a lifestyle of failure. A similar saying stands in the bible,”you cannot serve both God and Satan.”

If you pick your old mindset, then your life will remain at that. If you clear your mind and adopt a new way of living and viewing life, you will be rewarded with your dreams and goals. At first, you may feel uncomfortable leaving your old life behind. This is normal. But as every day passes, you gain strength and stamina and your mind becomes accustomed to your new way of being.

You must have a realistic plan at first. You cannot go from working at Midas to being a wall street CEO making seven figures in two years. You have to come up with a realistic plan and work your way up. Oftentimes, this is through education and hard work. Some people get by in life through connections, but this is not required. If you become blessed with meaningful connections, then by no means utilize their assistance and guidance.

And lastly, do not give up! The road to success has many pitfalls that will attempt to knock you off your path; don’t fall for these traps. Oftentimes, these bumps in the road are there to direct your course and build up your character by enduring pain. Pain is what fuels you with energy and keeps you going. Look at pain as checkpoints that provide you with wake up calls; sometimes we head off course and need something to discipline us more.

What is your success story? Feel free to share as we all can learn from each other.

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