How To Succeed At Just About AnythingWe’d all like to add a list of successes to our resume of life’s experiences, and I’m sure there are certain areas that are more important to you than others.

For some it might be business, others it may be excelling in a certain sport, and for still others it may be developing a better relationship either with a significant other, or perhaps even with themselves.

So what is it that successful people have going for them that failures don’t? It sounds harsh doesn’t it? Failures! The word likely isn’t one you want to hear or associate with something you’re trying to achieve in life, love, or business.

Tony Robbins once said there are NO failures, only outcomes and I tend to agree with him. If we look at the results after attempting a certain action there really are only two possible outcomes. We either consider the action to be a success, or a failure. This doesn’t mean that the person conducting the (we’ll call it experiment) action is a failure, merely the instrument facilitating the action.

In order to succeed at something you need a few things going for you, and I’m going to share them with you here.

1. You need to actually know what it is you’re trying to achieve.

If you aren’t able to clearly and accurately articulate what it is you think you want chances are you don’t really want it, but are merely curious or interested in it.

It’s easy to say “I’d like to bench press 500 pounds”, but much harder to invest the years of training, dieting, and supplementing involved to actually achieve it. However if you truly have a love of working out, and lifting heavy objects you might just have a chance and when you say “I’d like to bench 500 pounds” chances are you’re already lifting 200 or 300 and have a solid working knowledge of lifting weights.

Saying you “want” something means you want everything that comes along with that desire, the sweat, the time, the effort, and other expenditures that come with trying to attain something worthwhile. Remember, if it were easy, everyone would have it!

2. You need to create a roadmap to get you there.

In the example above the first step might be joining a gym. Breaking down large goals into smaller pieces will not only help keep you on track, but also make them appear less daunting. After all, which sounds easier, joining a gym, or picking up a gym membership? ?

3. You need to take action!

Once you’ve created your roadmap, and have listed out the steps you believe will lead you to where you’re trying to go, you need to take action. Without action you might as well relegate “dreams” to the “wishes” pile, and go back to watching TV.

Remember each step could result in failure as an outcome, this doesn’t matter! Simply find a new step to replace the one that didn’t work and move on and watch to see if the outcome is successful or not. There aren’t too many people who succeed the first time out of the gate so be ready to keep coming until you get the result you want!

They say Edison failed 1000 times while inventing the light bulb, imagine if he’d given up after 100, 500, or even 999 times? You should ask yourself, how many times are you willing to fail in order to succeed?

4. Don’t give up! Ever!

The only way to truly fail is to give up on something. If the item in question truly is a dream of yours, then be in it for the long haul, because dreams rarely happen overnight. There are even those who would say that the attainment of the dream isn’t the prize, but the journey toward the prize.

Winning an Olympic medal might only take but moment during an athletes life, but the road to becoming an Olympic athlete will define who they are much more accurately that the medal hanging on their wall ever will.