In this post I would like to address seven practical steps that will inspire and empower young people for success. The resources needed are usually within our reach. Often times a little inspiration and a little extra motivation is what we need to help us get started and to send us on our way.
Take inventory of your personal arsenal
You’ve heard the phrase “If you want to change the world, start with yourself”. I suggest a similar philosophy applies to personal success. If you want to succeed, start where you are and with the abilities, the talents, and the resources that are available to you. Do not be discouraged by what you lack but take notice of the things you have and put that which you have to good use. Make a list of the resources that lie at your fingertips and count them as your arsenal. Make sure it is ready for use when you need it to tackle a situation or a project or when that moment comes where talent meets opportunity.
Define your purpose
What are your intentions for the future? What are your goals? What are you trying to accomplish short-term and also long-term? When we have a vision of what we desire to accomplish and when we combine it with the determination to reach that goal we gain strength and success becomes reality. It is true that your abilities will be tested and stretched. The path will not always be smooth and easy. We should expect obstacles and detours along the way but that is not to discourage us. We deal with the road blocks and we continue on with the goal we set to accomplish.
Put your abilities to work
What is your skill? What do you do best? What do you enjoy doing most? What are your talents? These questions should help you determine the area or the field you can be most successful in and most happy as well. A wise man once said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Even if our abilities appear small in our eyes and the opportunities insignificant we are to do ourselves a favor and exercise them anyway. People with ordinary talents often achieve more than those with greater physical and intellectual abilities because they work harder and they are prepared to meet the opportunities.
Be determined to do your best
You may think you are just an ordinary person with no extraordinary abilities. But if you think again you will agree that there is only one of you in the entire universe and that makes you not so ordinary. In fact what you could contribute to humanity in your own sphere of influence might prove irreplaceable. The well-known old story of the hare and the tortoise reminds us that the tortoise won the race not because he had great ability but because he used his ability to the utmost. Be determined to do your best! King Solomon advises us in Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…”
Embrace the struggle
There is scarcely any success without struggle. For our own sake, we must scorn the easy way outs and the shortcuts in life. Only when you match your abilities against something challenging you will obtain strength and you will experience growth. As you master difficult tasks you will gain the courage to handle still harder assignments. Nature teaches us important lessons in this regard. Take for example the process of ecdysis. The cicada suffers a great deal of struggle when molting its old exoskeleton. But this he must do in order to survive and grow. So “Embrace the struggle and let it make you stronger…” Tony Gaskin.
Use the power of your imagination
Imagination is an amazing and a powerful thing that opens the door to a world once believed to be beyond reach. Napoleon Hill wrote, “The imagination is literally the workshop wherein are fashioned all plans created by man.” Imagination, indeed, is responsible for all the achievements of humanity. From the tallest skyscrapers to the little light bulb most everything manufactured was first produced in the inventor’s imagination. Imagination is truly a powerful tool in the arsenal of a wise person.
Add a good measure of enthusiasm
The following quote explains this very well. “Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
As much as we try to avoid difficulties and shield ourselves and our children from hardships and disappointments, these are part of life and sooner or later everyone encounters them. We should not pretend that they do not exist or fool ourselves into thinking that they will never come our way, because they will and we need to be prepared to face them. For “Success is not [only] measured by what you accomplish, but [also] by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” Orison Swett Marden
Each one of us is born with great potential and significant abilities. We are intrusted with these for personal growth, for personal success and also for the bettering of humanity. Take courage! Do your best! You are bound to succeed!