They say a loss can make or break you. From it, you can either learn, adjust and move forward or lay down, accept defeat and give up.
But a win can be equally as devastating on the journey towards your success.
You may have seen it happen to someone else or even fell victim yourself to a glorious win — I know I have. If you’re a follower of sports I’m sure you’ve seen it many’s of times. Your team gets a good run of form going then it all comes crashing down.
Or you have been progressing well, on track to smash your goals, on route to living your dream life, then things stop going so smoothly and the next you know you’ve become stagnant. It happens to us all at some point in our lives.
Full Speed Ahead
The reason for the dip or complete halt in performance after a run of fantastic results is simple. You’ve taken your foot off the gas.
You’ve hit a few big wins, perhaps hitting those high reads and clap numbers for a piece on Medium for example and think, “Yes! I’ve got this thing figured out.” Then things take a turn.
It’s happened to me numerous times, in all areas of life. I’ve had a little success in what I’ve been doing and then relaxed a little, thinking I have everything all figured out. Then bang! Before I know it I’m no further on and in some cases worse of than I started.
Instead of resting on your laurels. Put the foot down. Pedal to the metal. Full steam ahead and use your win as fuel to push you on to the next level and closer to success.
Take your wins as a sign that you’re doing the right thing. That you are heading in the right direction and not that you’ve ‘made it’.
I believe that no one ever truly ‘makes it’. You only have to look at the worlds top 1% to see it. People like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, some of the wealthiest people on the planet and they are still striving for greatness. Always trying to better themselves. Always looking to go one step further.
Successful people like this never sleep on their wins. They take them, perhaps enjoy the moment for a brief second then get back to work trying to outdo themselves. They are never satisfied and you shouldn’t be either.
Don’t let a moment of success be the start of your downfall. Keep putting the work in. Getting after it. And use your wins as stepping stones to take you to the next level.
They say the sky is the limit.
There is no limit!