What Do You Need to Succeed?

When something seems as if it can’t be done, have you ever considered asking yourself the question, “What do you need to succeed?” In the blog Ask What Would Make the Impossible Possible I touched on this in regards to others saying something was impossible. However, often the “Doubting Thomas” that is stopping us from proceeding is ourselves. Remember the expression from the Pogo comic strip, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” That describes quite well what happens when we start to believe that we will never be able to do what we set out to do. We give up too soon. It makes more sense to adopt the attitude of Winston Churchill, ““Never, ever ever ever ever give up.” At least that should be our attitude when we know what we are trying to achieve is worthy. Churchill understood quite well what it takes to succeed. He also recognized that the path to success what not always smooth as reflected in his quote, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

An Alternative to Surrender

Okay, imagine you have been working hard to launch a new product. Despite what you thought were sure-fire odds of success, you find to your dismay that the product is not well received, and rather than flying off the shelf as you anticipated, it instead has more of a tendency to sit on a shelf and collect dust. Okay, that’s where you are now. Yet, things do not have to remain the same. You can be the cause of change. A good place to start is by considering what do you need to succeed? Perhaps you need better pricing from your suppliers in order to make your prices more competitive. Perhaps you need to take another approach to how you are marketing and selling the product. Are you able with your current strategies to create customer awareness of your offerings?

Don’t misunderstand me; there are indeed times when it becomes apparent that something was not a good idea. However, too many people are all too quick to throw in the towel way before it is time.

Beware the Doomsday Acquaintance

We have them; people who can manage to see the negative in everything and somehow be blind to the positive aspects. Be careful around these people lest they encourage you to give up too soon. If you let them have too much sway over your thoughts you may never get to the useful exercise of asking what do you need to succeed? In their mind it makes more sense to just give up and call it a day.

What is your attitude when things are not working out as planned? Do you just give up or do you determine if there are viable alternative and changes that can be made to get you where you want to go? Make sure you have the flexibility to succeed.

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