Famed motivational speaker Jim Rohn says there are only 4 steps to success
- Collect good ideas. I’ve been doing that for a while. Okay. All my life, I’ve kept a journal. I am not consistent but there are many, many notebooks where I have written down quotes and lessons and experiences. The thing is that I don’t often go back and refresh my memory of the good ideas. And there have been many. The idea to leave a well-paid job and go back to school so I could have a more stable future. The idea to leave other people’s limits behind and self-publish my first book. The idea to start a modified running streak to build my stamina. The idea to start a Goodreads reading journal so I can remember the best part of every book I’ve read. These were all great ideas. I should share them. I can only share them if I remember them. Which means I have to write them down.
- Have good plans. You should have a plan for your time before you start it. Personal finance guru Dave Ramsey says you should have a complete budget before you get paid so you can send your money places instead of just watching it leave you. I try to write down my goals for the next day before I go to bed. I’m not always great at sticking to the list or accomplishing everything on it, but at least I know what I am working towards. It’s important to have a plan. If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?
- Learn how to handle the passing of time. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say they’re just killing time, I would be a very rich person indeed. Time will pass. It’s passing right now. To think that you might want it to pass even faster, is beyond me. If you’re so unhappy with your present circumstance that you want time to speed up, you should do something that changes your circumstance, instead of hoping to just get through it. When I was in college, I had some pretty boring classes that I felt like I had to suffer through. Sometimes because, I had already read the material and already done what was required. Nothing new was happening. I was bored but attendance was mandatory so if I wanted to pass the class, I had to stay. Invariably, I would flip to the back of my notebook and use the time to write. Poetry. Ideas. Short stories. I’d create characters with words or sketches. I’d do something creative while the time passed. I wasn’t killing time. I was using it. I didn’t know back then that I was employing one of the tenets of success but you don’t always have to know what you’re doing if you’re doing the right thing.
- Learn to solve problems. Sometimes a circumstance can baffle us. Obstacles seem unsurpassable. Overcoming sounds impossible. Until one idea changes everything. We have to learn how to reach that idea. Mr. Roh said, “If you will change, everything will change for you.” Learning to solve my own problems, and coming to that solution quickly can make all the difference. When I lost my job, it took me many months of making little to no money, living off my ever-dwindling savings before I figured out how to move on to the next opportunity. I wasted way too much time. Time I will never get back. It’s imperative to learn how to solve your own problems – not wait for someone else to come up with a solution – and act quickly on those ideas. Which brings us back to why it’s good to have all your other good ideas written down, as discussed in point #1.
See how the steps to success come full circle?