Have you ever sat and wondered “what is the road to success” in relation to your own special set of circumstances? Some answers can be a bit counterintuitive, seeming quite backwards to what could appear at first glance.
When I first started my journey of trying to make a secondary income to supplement my disability pension, my only gauge on success was “nope, I didn’t make enough to keep my head above water this month”, or on a more rare occasion “OMG! I’m so grateful I’ve covered my bills this month”.
Now I understand, the measure of getting to success isn’t about the destination, it genuinely is about the journey!
COMMITMENT CULTIVATES MOTIVATION
How committed are you to travelling a new road? Once you decide what you want to do, you need to make a commitment.
A full, entire-being, “F*CK YES” type of commitment to doing something to find your success cultivates the motivation you need to gather momentum.
I am on a disability pension after I nearly lost my life in a bad horse riding fall (click here for more about my story), but I wasn’t able to make ends meet financially.
So I decided that I needed to do something different to reach a level of success that allowed me to pay my bills on time, every time.
I sat and thought about what I could do, and a close friend said to me “Why don’t you sell your essential oils? You love them, you talk easily and it could be the start of a new life for you!”
So I started selling essential oils, and I still sell Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils, and wholesale accounts which give you incredible value! I am so passionate about them and their associated health benefits. You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask me about them, or open your own wholesale account here.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE LEARNING
I still wasn’t making enough money to make ends meet after a few months, and I was so judgemental and critical of myself, because I felt I didn’t have what it took and it was too hard. The thought loop “I was never meant to be successful” haunted me day in, day out.
But I learned a lot about a lot of different things, learned more about how to relate to people and discovering more about my potential and that what ‘they’ say is genuinely true; it’s not about the end game, it’s about the journey, the road you take to get there!
The more skills we learn, but particularly the more we learn about ourselves, we start to trust our potential. We start believing in our capacity to achieve things we never expected of ourselves.
THINK OUTSIDE THE SQUARE
I started thinking about what other possibilities I could research to achieve my success, because success never arrives from a straight path; it’s fraught with twists and turns and ups and downs and many varied hurdles.
So I started learning Canine and Equine Bowen Therapy, which I now offer a limited number of sessions per week (my body still has its physical limitations) throughout the Hunter Valley region of NSW, giving physical therapy and much needed relief to my favourite animals.
But my physical limitations were interfering with my ability to earn what I needed to.
Another hurdle that hit me hard emotionally. I’d spent so much money learning this modality, and it still wasn’t enough to make ends meet long term.
So I decided to dip my fingers in a third pie when a friend brought me to affiliate marketing which brings me here, having followed the step-by-step free training, got excited and upgraded to a premium account!
It’s so easy to make money through affiliate marketing, and the process is broken down into an easy to follow training system to get you well on your way to however you define success in whatever niche you fell passionate about. Find out more here.
USE YOUR CREATIVITY
Success and what it means is different for everyone. I learned very quickly that I had to celebrate every little win I had.
Every extra dollar that I earned, that came from a source outside of welfare, I celebrated, and continue to celebrate with every ounce of gratitude I can muster.
My creativity and willingness to remain open to any and all options that came to my attention has been a solid amplifier on my road to success.
When we cultivate an attitude of curiosity, we don’t miss opportunities that we otherwise would’ve allowed to pass us by, because we don’t allow our creativity to kick in and show us just how things can work for us.
BE AWARE OF BURNOUT
The road to success is long, arduous and non-linear. Every time we hit a milestone that took us grit and determination to reach, we need to give ourselves a moment to breathe, rest, recuperate and recentre before launching into our next step.
There is no rush to get from our starting destination to achieve what we perceive is the end point.
Let’s all be real here, and acknowledge that every end point is actually the marker for a new beginning.
You don’t want to run headlong into too many hurdles at once, where you feel too overwhelmed and feel like you’re fighting for air as you put everything you possibly can into getting yourself back on the path.
To avoid burnout, you need to have fun and laugh while choosing to take a simple path.
Don’t misunderstand me; the simple path isn’t always easy! All I mean is that, for the best chance of success, you need to take a path that gives you no more than one or two obstacles at a time so you can break it down into bite sized chunks where your commitment doesn’t waiver and where you don’t exceed healthy stress levels.
LAUGHTER AND UNEXPECTED ADVENTURES
Only you can determine what your road to success is. Everyone’s path is so incredibly unique and the lessons learned are spectacularly valuable to reaching each consecutive goal, or level of success that you set for yourself.
Enjoy each stage! Enjoy the highs and the lows of each and every challenge you run into, because each challenge gives us the knowledge and wisdom to be able to succeed at another level, to reach an ever extending stretch of exciting opportunities, twists and turns that offer us more and more happy memories.
Ultimately your road to success can be perceived as good or bad, happy or sad. And it is all your choice how you perceive it.
Make sure your perception is positive, and your road trip will be one of laughter and unexpected adventures during the flat tyres and break downs – seriously! Use your lemons to create lemonade!
Love and Blessings,