It’s really easy to give up. It’s even easier to become complacent and underperform your true potential. The results are staggering, I recently heard that 83% of new real estate agents are no longer in the business past the first two years. Digital startups have a 94% failure rate within their first year. So with statistics like this, what truly separates those who make it, from those who don’t? The ones who make it simply know how to stay the course without giving in or giving up. They know how to have grit, persevere and make their dreams become a reality.
We have all heard the saying “wow, they were an overnight success”! I cringe when I hear this. There is no such thing as an overnight success. In my mind, when someone reaches a point where they can say that they have made it, that overnight success was ten years in the making. Learning to stay the course is just that. It is the innate ability to learn to dance through the rain. Success is a journey, not a destination. Anyone who has ever experienced massive success, always has a story behind their journey. It’s the entrepreneur who couched surfed and ate cup o noodles for years in order to make their dreams a reality. It’s the broke real estate agent who parked their junky car around the block until they sold enough homes to upgrade their car. You see, overnight successes just do not exist unless you win the lottery or come into some sort of unexpected wealth. Even then, that just makes you rich, not successful. Look at the statistics of lottery winners who go broke, 70% are bankrupt within the first 5 years. True success comes from your journey to succeed.
Life is tough, there will be peaks and valleys. How you respond and handle these different situations, is the difference between learning to stay the course and falling off the wagon. Have you ever heard of the 5 minute funeral? It’s something that I have implemented in my life that allows me to sulk, complain and marinate in my sadness for whatever is going on, then after 5 minutes, I need to bury it, move on and not look back. Things like this, help me stay the course when I need it most.
If you are like me, you have heard the little voices in your head that tell you every which reason why you won’t succeed. We are our own worst enemy. Remember, get in your head and your dead. As you continue to learn to stay the course, it’s even more important to get your mind right as you pursue your dreams in business and life.