Stepping-stones to Success in Business

Decide what you want to do. Check and make sure that your goal is sensible, realistic, practical and related to the resources. It must fit in within your abilities and there must be a fair chance of your making it. This does not mean you should not have high ambitions. In fact you must have laudable, worth-while goals. But work out the step. Decide on the intermediary goals. Proceed surely and steadily step by step. Attempting the impossible may make you give it up. It may make you feel beaten and heart-broken. The best way never to feel beaten is to know your strength and make the best use of it. Although we may lack much, most of us have a great deal. Success without health is a poor thing. Money without love is mockery. If you can not afford everything you want, think what a thrill you get when you can afford some-thing. You will find that you are making definite progress towards the goal. Motivation to set our energies going in the right direction comes invariably from having before us a clear, definite picture of our ultimate objectives. Self discipline enables to channel energy into a constructive direction that might otherwise so wasted by dissipation. The secret of concentration is interest and will power, especially in the beginning. It is helped by forming a clear picture in one’s mind of the ultimate objective.

To be active, to be industrious, to produce quick reaction you need energy. In fact, control of energy in the starting point of all useful achievement. Whatever the activity, whether it is manual labor, industrial output, painting a picture, playing foot-ball or doing house-work, energy is required. In order to achieve, one’s energy will have to be channeled into the right directions. Great energy may be merely destructive if it is not properly harnessed. Without self-discipline we are prone to waste our energies in despair, anger, arguments, vacillation etc. which are unproductive and harmful. Self discipline enables us to utilize our energy in a positive and constructive manner.
Motivation to keep our energies directed in the right course comes mainly by holding before us a clear, unwavering picture of our ultimate goal. By relating all we do to this goal we gain a sense of purpose.
Belief in ultimate success, faith in one’ ability and will-power to stick at it, will enable the individual to draw upon the vast reserves of energy. A time schedule is also an essential requirement. You must have deadline for the things you wish to do. It will ensure that everything is done as and when it ought to be done.

We all make mistakes. To err is human. All great men have made mistakes and have also benefited from them. When you make a mistake, don’t keep fretting about it. Do not look back at it long. Analyze and take the reason of the thing into your own mind, institute remedial measures and then look forward. Mistakes must be regarded as lessons of wisdom. One should, therefore, never be afraid of mistakes. We must take reasonable precautions against making mistakes. But we must remember that mistakes do and can happen. If you are afraid of making mistakes, you may never begin at all. If you do not try, if you do not make any attempts, the question of making mistakes may not arise. But then the question of making progress and gaining your goal also does not arise. When mistakes do happen we can look at them as positive opportunities-as stepping-stones rather than stumbling blocks to success. Often mistakes teach us important lessons and tell us how we can avoid bigger and more costly mistakes. The rules to make the most of one’ mistakes are quite simple and they can be readily adopted. First of all, we must take the necessary precautions as a prudent and reasonable person takes, to avoid them. One must thus be careful to avoid mistakes whenever he possibly can. Next, one must learn from every mistake he makes. As we have seen men have become great not because they never made mistakes, but they had the wisdom to learn and benefit from their mistakes. Thirdly, one should not be weighed down because of the mistake committed. It should not inhibit his further actions. On the other hand, he should take coverage from the lesson he has learn t from the mistake and from the fact that he is now wiser and better fortified. The individual should not therefore be too much downcast by a mistake. On the other hand he must go ahead with greater confidence and preparedness. Lastly, we should be prepared for such mistakes and be ready to attend to them when they occur. The knowledge that others also make mistakes will give the individual the necessary confidence and courage. If you thus accept mistakes with undue worry, you will gain your objective surely and certainly.

When any particular work seems difficult or impossible to us, we must nevertheless make a try, start it and keep it going. We must realize all work appear like that in the beginning until we begin and develop the interest and enthusiasm. Once our interest has been aroused, then nothing is impossible or difficult any more. If we work patiently, resolutely and without doubt, the way will unfold. Every noble or great word at first seemed impossible to practically every one, except the one who badly made the attempt with determination and enthusiasm. Telephone, television, radio, cinema, electricity, aero plane, all might have seemed impossible at the start. If man had thought that walking on the moon is impossible, he would never have made it. If you wish to master the seemingly impossible or difficult task you must follow certain definite principles. First you make a start. Begin and keep working on it. Once you start, it will automatically gather momentum. Secondly, when you find the going difficult or when you get stuck, wait and relax. If you become relaxed and allow your unconscious mind to play its valuable part you will always find the answer. Thirdly, work at a steady pace. Proceed according to a definite plan. Do not run into arrears or rush things up. When you commence your task you must work unhurriedly with single minded concentration. Next have a generous, noble aim. Let your motive be right. As far as possible let your works benefit also others and the community. The other rule is to be bold and enterprising. Do not be afraid of making mistakes. Often the mistakes have proved to be the opportunities for great deeds of great men. Next, one should not be touched or affected by criticism. You should not be disheartened by other people’s discouraging remarks. Your faith in yourself should never falter. View the criticism objectively and dispassionately. Effective improvements and corrections if called for. Lastly, let not set-backs deter you from your goal. You must persist doggedly in the face of defeats. Failures are only the stepping stones for success.

Tremendous achievements are often accomplished by people whose only asset in the beginning appeared to be their sheer will-power. In the world of business, politics, profession, family and social life, they attain success by mere determination. It is not only possible but also easy for anyone to develop his will power. To begin with he must understand how the will works and how it can be developed first by the conscious mind and ultimately by the unconscious mind. Unwavering faith, strong self confidence and an optimistic outlook are the essential aids to strengthen one’s will-power. The will has been compared to the engine of a motor. It is there all the time strong, capable and powerful. However it needs, like the engine, some outside force to propel it, activate it and make it go.
Imagination has always been the pivot of our mental powers. The great men have always displayed will-power, concentration and determination in their efforts. Since imagination is part and parcel of the mental make-up of every human being, it can be developed to great advantage by every one of us. In words, by activating and enriching our imagination we can develop our personality and make it attractive as well as forceful. We can consider for a moment what wonders the power of imagination has worked for the human race. All the scientific discoveries are the fruits of imagination; whether the man flies around the world or rockets to the moon, all such amazing achievements have been accomplished by great fruitful and positive imagination. Imagination increases by exercises of application. It sustains the will-power. It also strengthens the will-power. It makes the individual hold on when the going gets tough. Imagination helps us to plan and provide for the future. The method of acquiring and strengthen the will-power by imagining success and then taking steps to achieve it can be beneficially employed by all of us, to attain our chosen goal.
The force of will-power will grow by constant practice. It can be successfully employed to get rid of smoking, stammering, and shyness and so on. You will automatically acquire the gift of getting things done by the sheer force of will-power. If you apply your will-power with resoluteness and determination and if you persist with your efforts in spite of initial set-backs, you will certainly succeed.

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