Three ingredients to help you achieve more than you could have imagined

You are as great as your dominant aspiration.
You are as great as your dominant aspiration.

“I think I am missing out on something that I should be doing in my life”, said Emmy when I paid her a visit sometime back. “I feel like I am destined to do something different from what I am currently doing”.

This is a common feeling that people get once in a while. The only difference is that some people choose to do something about it, while others choose to ignore the feeling entirely. In my view, when this feeling comes, it means that the time to make a change in your life has come. I think it is nature’s way of prompting you to make a change in your life, so that you can grow and move to the next level. The truth of the matter is that making a change in life, no matter how small, is not an easy thing to do, yet it is necessary. Life is about change. Everything changes in life.

Going back to my discussion with Emmy, we talked about the feeling she had been having for some time of wanting to start an outside catering business. The idea made a lot of sense and a few days later, she put together a business plan. Two years down the line, Emmy runs a successful outside catering business.

Looking back at Emmy’s situation, I have learnt that three ingredients play an important role to help you achieve more than you could have imagined. They are:

Confidence. When you have an idea that you strongly believe in, you need to have confidence as well. Confidence that will equip you with what it takes to truthfully identify what is required in order to make you succeed in actualizing the idea, and then compare this against what you possess in terms of resources, such as skills and finances. The confidence you have will enable you to understand that if the two match, then you are good-to-go, and if they do not match, you need to fill in the gaps, either by learning new skills, getting a loan, or acquiring a business partner.

Plan. As you know, failing to plan is planning to fail. Once you have an idea, you need to know how it will be actualized. This is done by planning. For you to succeed in any venture, you need to develop a plan that will not only help you to think through what is required, but also how to utilize available resources in the right way.

Attitude. Having confidence and a good plan is half-way to succeeding. The other half depends a lot on your attitude. You need to have the will to thrive in whatever you do, and this is done by having a positive attitude—because your desires and wishes will only be fulfilled when you apply the right thoughts and actions.