We are each on a journey of progression, validation, acceptance and success. The world tells us we can have what we want, when we want it through posting on social media, using a particular hashtag, accepting a credit card offer, or attending an educational seminar. When the instant gratification doesn’t materialize we can be made to feel like a failure and you can feel like there is something wrong with you. You see, most of us know ‘what’ we have to do to find success; but where most people fall short is they don’t know ‘why’ they want success. Remember the ‘what’ informs and the ‘why’ transforms.

Transformation means that you have to be willing to change. It is change that can transform any habit and any circumstance into a positive outcome, the questions is, how bad do you really want it?  Here’s what you need to know to help you through this discovery process:

Trust Yourself: You will need to dig deep within and ask yourself, “Who do I want to be?” Not who your spouse, friends, work colleagues, or family members want you to be, but who YOU want to be!

Surround yourself with Believers: Find people who believe in your dream and in your desired change. Cut out the nay-sayers. You are going to need a support system of advocates. Believers help build achievers!

Don’t be afraid to fail: You can’t be afraid of making decisions or be paralyzed with the possibility of failure. Remember to take the first step in faith. You don’t have to run the whole marathon, you just need to take the first step!

Tune into Positivity: What you tune in to you turn into! Tune into positivity and don’t get caught up in gossip or putting others down. Be careful of the conversations you have with yourself and tune out the critics—even the one inside.

Love the Grind: You have to learn to love the grind because life is the grind. When you accept the hard work that comes with achieving your goals, your perspective changes. You’ll begin to understand the grind is simply an essential part of your change.

Pay it Forward: We rise by lifting others—just think about the little things people have done for you! To make a difference in someone’s life you don’t have to be rich, talented, or perfect, you just have to care.

We all have greatness in us and we all have potential that is waiting to be discovered. You just have to make a decision that you’re going to go after it and know that it is in our darkest storms that give birth our greatest change!