Success is a journey, not a destination.
We have to focus on ourselves and our actions and behaviors, because the outcomes are never in our control.
And even if we attain our desired outcomes, we have to keep going. We can’t stay at one place for too long. We have to continue to fulfill our potential and participate in better challenges, so that we expand ourselves and unlock greater success.
Tom Morris, a prominent philosopher and revolutionary business thinker, in his interview with DailyStoic.com said, “My claim is that for success in any challenge, the great practical philosophers have taught me that we need what I call The 7 Cs of Success”:
- A clear CONCEPTION of what we want, a vivid vision, a goal clearly imagined.
- A strong CONFIDENCE that we can attain that goal.
- A focused CONCENTRATION on what it takes to reach our goal.
- A stubborn CONSISTENCY in pursuing our vision.
- An emotional COMMITMENT to the importance of what we’re doing.
- A good CHARACTER to guide us and keep us on a proper course.
- A CAPACITY TO ENJOY the process along the way.
It’s a never ending journey and if we want to become perennially successful, we have to work on these important success skills. Along with that, as all these skills are to be personally cultivated, we have to bring the locus of control in ourselves, not in anything external. As Epictetus stated in Discourses, “The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control.”
Focusing on external things that are not under our control is never a guarantee for success, in fact it’s a recipe for disaster, disappointment and despair.
It’s important to bring philosophy in our journey of attracting success; this is what will keep us in the game when everything else fails. It will propel us to keep pursuing our dreams and keep us going no matter what.
We have to focus on doing our best right now and pay attention to the things that only we control.
Success is fundamentally about us and our internal cosmos, not the external world and the rewards that may or may not come our way.