To dare is to be audacious, to be bold and to step up to the challenge. Success at the next level awaits you only if you dare to step up to the plate and play.
This requires new sets of action. A change from our old ways of thinking and an application of these seven steps.
- Dare To Desire A New Level Of Success
You will become as large as your controlling desire; or as great as your dominant aspiration ~ James Allen
You have to be intentional about success. It is not automatic. It has to be desired, planned for and worked towards.
The only thing that is guaranteed in the world we live is death and taxes. We will all die and we will all pay taxes directly or indirectly to our respective governments. But we will not all succeed in our endeavours.
What are you willing to sacrifice for success? At what cost? Relationships, your health or your emotional well being. Desire success but not at any cost.
- Dare To Pick Yourself Up From Failure
Every new venture is a risk and an adventure into the future. There is always the possibility that your next venture will not succeed. Perhaps your last venture was a failure. Dare to pick yourself up from this unsuccessful attempt and get back into the game.
To succeed, you have to learn from your mistakes. Such learning will only happen if you pause to evaluate and reflect on your decisions.
What went well? What can you do different next time? Make some notes, learn and move on.
- Dare To Embrace Excellence
Good enough is not good enough for the person who seeks to excel ~ Dana LaMon
It can always be done better the next time. According to my friend Marc, you need to find out what best looks like in your job and then proceed to exceed it.
Excellence has nothing to do with the resources available to you. It is an attitude that says I will exceed the expectations of my customers, my employees and my shareholders.
Todays consumers are time poor and choice rich. You will need to take some time to think through what additional benefits you can add that will improve the user experience of your product.
- Dare To Say No
The only thing that stands between you and what you want from life is often merely the will to try and the faith to believe that it is possible ~ Richard M DeVos
We all have self limiting beliefs and self sabotaging behaviour that kicks in when we reach our self imposed limits. Its also called the ‘Law of the Lid’.
A few years ago I had my name put forward as a substitute keynote speaker. My first inclination was to say no simply because I did not believe I was right for that role. However, I dared to say no to the thought, I stepped out of my comfort zone and spoke at the conference. I wish I could say that I was brilliant with that speech. I was not.
I have since spoken at larger events because I pushed through my self limiting beliefs and stepped into a whole new world with lots of opportunity to learn and grow.
- Dare To Take Action On Your Dreams
I am a great believer in the practice of having an ideas vault. This is the habit of writing down or keeping some form of record of your ideas as they occur. But an ideas vault or bank serves no purpose if you continually make deposits without making withdrawals.
Become a person who regularly reviews his or her ideas and takes action on them. Think of it. Everything we have in the world today from the internet to key hole surgery on babies in the womb is just an idea acted upon.
Be a game changer and regularly act on your ideas
- Dare To Value Honesty And Integrity
According to Machiavelli, one could fight as a man doing the right thing or as a beast using force and being deceitful as the circumstance dictates. Leadership and personal integrity are not mutually exclusive.
Being honest and having integrity is one of the core elements of being credible. Credibility is believability which is based on trust. To have influence, a leader must be believable. Unless of course you have coercive powers.
Todays society demands openness, transparency and accountability from its leaders. Value honesty and integrity and you will be rewarded with trust which will ultimately decrease your transaction cost and time. These are great savings that lead to success.
- Dare To Be Different
To be different is to be true to yourself. To speak out when other people keep quiet and to keep quiet when others speak out. Go alone if you have to because you believe in yourself and you believe in your dream.
Learn to listen and trust your instincts. If your heart is not for it, let it go. There is always a better deal the next time. Patiently wait for it.
Do not succumb to the pressure of conforming. Success awaits you as you dare to be different.
The Next Level Awaits Those Who Dare
Think for a moment about what you have read. Wherever you are on your journey, be intentional about your success, learn from your failures, exceed expectations, say no to self imposed limits, take action on your ideas, be credible and dare to be different.
What will you dare to do to take you to the next level? Leave a comment.