In part one of Laws of Success we discussed the laws of strategy and hard work. Abraham Lincoln wisely said, “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” These laws combined with a deep enough desire for success will allow you to move closer toward success. Here are two other essential laws of success:
The law of preparedness
It’s crucial to be prepared and ready for success. The time to prepare is now, before achieving success. Confucius said, “Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” You can start right now to prepare for success by daily choosing to:
- Lead yourself successfully. Making sure your actions and attitude reflects your desired future (success).
- Invest in your growth and development. Having and implementing a plan to always be learning.
- Focus on your purpose, strengths, and passions. Those areas will move you toward success.
- Intentionally taking strategic action (law #1). Take action on the tasks and goals which will allow you to become successful.
The law of timing
In our microwave society people want success right now. However, this law says, success takes time. I really like the saying “most overnight success are years in the making.” The question is if you will persevere and be patient until you reach the level of success you desire? Successful people persevere with patience.
I’ve been writing my leadership thoughts on this blog for several years and have learned many new bloggers have an unrealistic idea about becoming an online success. They think they can start a blog and a few months later will become successful (though this can and does happen). But what usually happens when a person has this mindset is that they give up when success does not quickly come. Remember that success in any field, industry, or area takes times. You never know when your time for success is so keep applying the other laws and patiently endure until your time comes.
Question: How have you seen the law of preparedness and timing at work in your own life?