"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work." - Colin Powell
A few topics I've talked about extensively on my blog are change, focus, etc.
But one thing I haven't talked about enough is flat-old, old-fashioned, nose-to-the-grindstone hard work.
Look, we can't control everything in our lives.
And often, things happen to us that are beyond our control.
But one thing that we can always control is our work ethic, and how hard we work.
It's not enough to want something...
It's not enough to dream about it...
It's not enough to have good, or even great, ideas...
Because until you start taking action and working hard, success will always be just beyond your grasp.
One thing that I always fall back on when things aren't going well is to re-focus and just start working harder.
Have I been slacking in any way, shape or form?
What is something I can get better at?
What can I do to take my own performance to the next level?
Not only does this give me a feeling of control, but quite often, it pays off in numerous others ways as well.
When I'm working hardest, that's when I'm the luckiest as well.
Next time you're struggling, down, or not seeing the type of success you want, go back to basics and just start working harder than those around you.
Chances are, the results will speak for themselves!