Ok, so there’s not one difference! There are many, however, there is one really interesting one that I’ve found to be true in many cases.

And that is this…

Well, actually first up, let me just clarify something. Often, in order to be successful, you have to do things that gradually build up to success. Do you want a great body? You’re going to have to eat right all the time and exercise regularly. Do you want to be great at your job? You’re going to have to work at it – attend courses, develop yourself, invest time upfront so that you can reap the benefits later. Do you want to deliver a brilliant speech? You’re going to have to refine your skills, rehearse your speech and style and master the techniques.

Sometimes this will be repetitive; shoot a perfect free throw in basketball – practice the same thing over and over and over.

Utter boredom!
Right?

Well, here it is. Perhaps it's not even a secret? The thing that both successful and unsuccessful people have in common is that they often don’t like to do the things that will bring them success.

But the difference? 

SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DO THEM ANYWAY

I don’t necessarily want to go and work out. I don’t want to spend an hour making my juices and smoothies. I would rather stay in bed than get up and meditate.

But I do them anyway.

Sure, I’ve learnt and developed techniques to make them more enjoyable, or effortless. But the truth is, I often don’t want to do them. I’d rather have the easy life (in the moment anyway).

If you can get past that sense of immediate gratification and look to how your current decisions will impact your future actions, you’ll likely make different choices.

Do the uncomfortable thing. Sit inside on a glorious summer day to write blogs like this, or shoot video, or work on your book (yes, you can do some of these things outside but you get my point).

Do the work. Do the uncomfortable thing in the moment, comfort will come eventually.

REMEMBER BOTH SUCCESSFUL AND UNSUCCESSFUL PEOPLE OFTEN DON'T LIKE DOING THINGS THAT WILL BRING THEM SUCCESS. IT'S JUST THAT SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DO THEM ANYWAY.


Do you agree?  
Think of an area of your life where you are successful compared to others. Is it because you do things that you need to do, regardless of whether you want to or not? 

If you're interested in challenging yourself further, check out our book recommendations:

 The 4 hour work week - book recommendation How to win friends and influence people - book recommendation The 7 habits of highly effective people - book recommendation The power of passion and perseverance - book recommendation 

 

Hari Kalyminos, Leadership Speaker and author of 'The thought gym'.

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