You see, success isn't when we reach our goal at the end of the road, the real moments of success are each step we took to get to that last step.
Those steps often aren't fun. In fact, they can be tedious, sometimes difficult, and offer no immediate reward. Sometimes you can't tell if you're making progress, or even working on the right things.
Wanting success is easy. Doing what it takes to be successful ... not so much.
That's why so many never really get started, or if they do, give up too easily. There's no one to high five you for taking one anonymous and seemingly unrewarding step toward your goal. There's no one to admire you for following your own star. There's no money, no honors, and no fame for simply doing something - anything - that needs to be done.
But that's the only way to succeed ... one obscure step at a time.
If you don't take that first step, and keep walking, success will draw no closer to you. Why do you think the veteran Warriors around here keep saying to take action?
Take one step toward success, and then another, and another ... and you will get there. You'll be successful each day, and when you have taken enough steps you'll be rewarded for all that previously unrewarded daily success.
That's why I was successful today. I took several steps toward my next goal. You won't notice what I did, not today anyway. It was "behind the scenes" stuff. No one knows about it but me.
One day soon though, a virtual swarm of people will know. Many will reward me with their money. My newest "success" will be recognizable then ... but not the small steps I took to get there.
This is how to succeed in IM or anything else -- one obscure step at a time.
Were you successful today? I was. You can be, too, if you haven't yet. Just take some steps, even just one step, toward your goal. Don't have a goal? SET ONE!
That's the "secret" to success, daily progress. One manageable step at a time.
Action. Movement. You can't get there by sitting still. You may take some steps in the wrong direction. We ALL do. That's called experience. Learn from it and don't repeat your mistakes.
Success is waiting for you.
What steps have you taken toward your success today? Post it here, without violating the forum rules, of course. Make it a deeper commitment than you have before. It will not only help you, it may inspire others.
Are you ready to commit yourself to the drudgery of success? Or will you keep looking for magic buttons?