People never care about what you’ve been through; they will only focus on what you are right now. Your boss won’t care about how many other important things you have lined up, all he would say is,” Couldn’t you do the one thing I asked you to do?” If you sleep through the alarm, you will regret it all day for missing out the morning class (even if you had a party last night, and slept late). The one thing that makes an impression is doing what you are expected to. Hit the target. But, what makes you really stand out? Doing more than what is expected of you. Surprise them.
Everyone is busy these days; you have a ton of things to do. Keep a routine, stay organized. Do your best with everything you have control over. Most people fail to control themselves, and end up only with regrets. They trade hours of pleasure for days, weeks, months, and years of regret. Who are the ones who complain about lack of money? The people who spend too much and waste their time on television, drinking, etc Focus on improving yourself and you’ll improve your lot in life. Short term pain from discipline equals long-term gain from progress. Long-term pain comes from lacking short-term discipline.
Every successful person has a good night’s sleep. The morning is vital to your success. Early to bed, early to rise and you will achieve more and have less stress. If you get up with the alarm, you will regret it for 10 minutes and enjoy it the rest of the day.
Never rely on your reputation. You can’t take your success for granted and rest your laurels. Success is not a destination, it is a journey. If you’ve built a reputation, you have another job of maintaining it as well. Also, never play the ‘relationship’ card. Even if you have connections at the higher levels, don’t misuse it for your own greed. You can’t expect respect when you haven’t really earned it yourself. Shortcuts don’t take you to any place worth going.
The last thing you need to keep in mind is don’t let anyone pull you down with their criticism and negative remarks. But, it also doesn’t mean you drown yourself in arrogance and refuse to look into yourself. You need self confidence and a strong, open mind which allows you to improve yourself from time-to-time. Check yourself. Keep motivating yourself and own your mistakes. Mistakes are opportunities, grow from them. Focus on planning ahead to overcome obstacles, rather than reacting. Be a driver, not a reactionary. Be the cause, not the effect.