If you haven't got time to listen to the research behind Angela Lee Duckworth's work with schoolchildren - start at 2.48 minutes. She found that talent does not automatically guarantee success - only grit does.
Grit means perseverance and persistence, which means the determination to continue every single day - no matter what.
Stop comparing yourself to others right now!
Many of us give up before we even try, because we see how much better someone else does what we want to do. It takes more than one voice to make up a choir. Everyone has their own unique sound to contribute, but beyond that - the successful people you're looking at started where you are today.
They've spent years practicing what they love to do, and you're comparing their polished end result with your scrappy beginnings. Skills can be learned, and if you follow those you admire, read their books, and take their courses, you will cut out many of the difficulties and failures they endured on their road to success.
There is nobody who is successful in any area of life who has not experienced failure. The difference between them, and those who don't succeed, is that they kept getting back up, and started again straight away.
We've all had projects we've given up on, because we don't think it's good enough, or because we get distracted by the latest shiny new object.
Underneath any excuse, the real reason why you give up is because you don't believe in yourself.
Never think you're not good enough!
Always remember you are good enough, and that is your foundation to work from. You are no different from the person who is already where you want to be. They repeatedly practised the skills they needed to achieve their dream - and you can do the same.
Instead of allowing your lack of confidence to hold you back, use those you admire for inspiration - because they've proved it's possible to be successful doing what you love to do.
How do you start learning to be persistent?
Choose to make a decision to focus on one direction. Don't be a leaf in the wind. That leaf gets blown to places it doesn't want to go to. It gets trampled on by hundreds of feet.
Decide you will go where you want to go.
Decide you will never be walked over again.
Once you have a clear intention where you're headed, move towards that goal every day. Don't let your dream overwhelm you, because you don't want to downsize your dreams - anything is possible. Take very small steps to start with, and congratulate yourself every time you complete them. This will encourage you to continue, and you'll soon find you're in the flow, and taking larger strides with ease.
Take the time to feel good about every achievement you make, and build up your self-esteem. Feeling yourself growing will keep you on your path - because who doesn't want to feel good about themselves?!
Know you deserve to succeed, and don't allow any obstacle to stop you. There's always an alternative way to reach your destination. Make persistence your habit, and watch your dream becoming your reality.
If you have doubts about reaching your goal, I can uncover and release your limiting beliefs. Feeling free to manifest your dream is the best gift you can give yourself.
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved, and always will solve, the problems of the human race.” ~ Calvin Coolidge
“When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.” ~ Isak Dinesen
“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” ~ Jim Watkins