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It’s actually quite simple …
Just as you reboot a computer by restarting it and reloading the operating system, all people need to “reboot” themselves from time to time. Setbacks are inevitable. We are all in transition – getting older, starting over, pivoting and re-thinking – and things change.
Your destination changes, your conditions change and your motivation changes. There are disappointments, challenges and losses to face. If you don’t stay obsessed with the future and where you are going, you will become that person you don’t want to be: lost, jaded and wasting away.
My motivation comes from my focus on the future, NOT something that happened in the past.
Persistence is a characteristic of legends. You may not be able to predict your future, but you can guide it by showing up every day and pushing through distractions, setbacks (both personal and professional) and petty things that don’t matter.
Some will throw in the towel and quit when things don’t go their way. They’d rather give up on themselves than stick it out until they make it work. To succeed in life, you must become strong and resilient despite the challenges you are currently facing.
Hardships are not unique to you and your situation – everyone has something difficult they must overcome; many face significant obstacles. Reaching your true potential might very well be determined by this one thing: persistence. Persist in the face of all obstacles. That is what creates SUCCESS.
Later, when you have been persistent and become successful, you’ll remember those times spent fighting in the trenches.
To not get overtaken by hardship, I stay focused on my future. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in your world; if you’re obsessed with what you want to create for your life, you won’t have time to stop and think about the negative things that might be happening right now. The only way you can do anything about it is to push ahead. That’s why I never focus on the past – ever. It doesn’t exist. I live to create a life for myself and my family, and that life exists in the future.
Obsession with your future is your FUEL for success. For my whole life, I’ve always felt that I could do more. I’m most happy when I’m pursuing that gnawing drive inside me. Rather than being disillusioned by disappointments or deceived by small success, I continue to fuel my goals by affirming and reinforcing the success I have yet to achieve, always with my attention and focus on the future, not the past.
Quit feeling sorry for yourself, quit complaining, and act like a boss. Stay busy – moving quickly from one activity to the next. If you’re moving fast enough, you won’t have time to think about whether your glass is half-full or half-empty.
A New York Times bestselling author, Cardone is the world’s No. 1 sales trainer and an internationally renowned speaker on leadership, real estate investing, entrepreneurship, social media and finance. His privately-held companies have annual revenues exceeding $100 million. Forbes named him No. 1 of the “25 Marketing Influencers to Watch in 2017.” He regularly appears on Fox News, Fox Business, and MSNBC and writes for Forbes, Success Magazine, Business Insider, CNBC, and Entrepreneur. He urges his followers and clients to make success their duty, responsibility and obligation. He currently resides in South Florida with his wife and two daughters.
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