What Can You Do When Success Is Slow?

Published: April 23, 2010
By: Faye Hollands

Have you ever found yourself wishing you could speed up the success you’re experiencing?  Maybe you’d like to find your perfect job faster, reach your ideal weight quicker, or grow your business more rapidly?  If that sounds like you, you’re not alone, but if you’re spending too much time focusing on the end result you might be missing something far more crucial…

Now Matters

More often than not, we focus on the end result when we admire someone’s level of success and pay little or no attention to the time and effort involved in getting to that end point.  The problem with this is that it can lead to a warped sense of reality and unrealistic expectations of overnight success.

Take a look at someone you admire and ask them how they got to where they are today.  I guarantee, that aside from inheritance gains and lottery wins, the majority will have a tale to tell of the steps they’ve taken and achievements they’ve reached that have helped them pave a path to success.

They will also probably be able to recount the issues, challenges and disappointments they experienced combined with anecdotes about the courage, stamina and motivation required to reach your goals.

Success is typically a serious of events, challenges and achievements, rather than one giant leap to the end goal.  So when you’re thinking about your own level of success, and wishing you could speed it up, remember to take the time to acknowledge all the steps you’ve taken so far to get to where you are today.  Success is a process, and there are many steps along the way that are there to be enjoyed and learned from.

Once you’ve given yourself credit for your results so far, there are two key points to consider if you want to speed up your journey to success: –

1.  Focus On What Is Working

If you’re getting frustrated that success is taking longer to achieve than you had hoped for, it’s important to check your thought process and consider what you’re focussing on.  All too often I come across clients who are caught up thinking about what’s not working for them, which ultimately cultivates even more of these negative and counter-productive feelings.

You will attract into your life what you are feeling, so if you’re focussing on the negative you’ll get more of it, and that will do nothing to help you achieve success!  Audit your thoughts and adjust accordingly!

2.  Take Action

If you’re still not getting the results you want, be brutally honest with yourself and answer this question: –

Are you taking REAL action?

If you ARE taking real action but are still not getting the results you want, then its likely that you need to change your behaviours and do something different to achieve the desired outcome.    Just because you’re taking action doesn’t mean it’s the right action to achieve your goals, so it’s critical to review your results and to change what’s not working.

Finally, remember that patience is a virtue!  Be persistent and resilient, and the rest will follow…

Would you like to find out more about how coaching can help you achieve your goals?  Book your free 30-minute coaching consultation now.  Simply click here to schedule your appointment.

Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting.  Faye is an accomplished Career Coach and Time Management Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com


Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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