Everybody wants to be successful in life. Having a dream, a desire and willingness to work to achieve is the key to success, we all mostly know. We all have desires we work towards or at least we think we are working towards.

Success is great thing to have and nobody wants to fail! The goal could anything from loosing little weight, stopping smoking, getting a good high paying job, buying a good house, financial freedom or anything one can set. We take resolutions to meet some of these goals, but not many people hit the target. Setting resolutions is great, the decision is taken with all heart and soul, but what causes the setback?

In previous articles I have written about people who don’t take action due to fear of failure, fear of criticism, lack of vision, average thinking, negative attitude etc. But let’s think about some of us who don’t have any of these, we want but still don’t succeed.

I read this puzzle with a lesson in a book and I would like to quote it here that puts things in perspective on this topic today:

There were 5 birds sitting on a tree. 3 of them decided to fly.
How many of them remained on the tree?


At first my answer was “2” – A wrong answer!


The correct answer is 5!  The author said that deciding is not doing. Taking decision to do something doesn’t mean anything until the appropriate actions are taken towards achieving the goal. A dream without action is nothing more than a fantasy!

Many of us fall in this category! Resolutions are taken; few initial steps are taken too! But due to lack of consistency on action side of the coin, resolutions fail. If we are not working towards success, we are obviously working towards failure, reasons could be many to justify why we did not succeed when opportunity was in hand, but those are only excuses!

If we read and listen to the success stories of people who made their dreams come true, there is one thing common. All great leaders and successful people have had dreams. They also believed that God wants to see you happy. He has given you the best gift of life. All great leaders had strong faith in this very fact and took action consistently.

My  great friend and mentor told me this recently, “Loosers and winners, both don’t like to work, but winners take action on the path of success anyway! They do not let distractions come on their way and stay on course until they arrive.


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