“Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss… they aim too low and hit. They didn’t believe in themselves.” – Les Brown
If someone tells you something is impossible, go out and do it. These are the words in which Arnold Schwarzenegger modeled his life by. At the age of 18, his father wanted him to join the Austrian military, marry a young Austrian girl, and live happily ever after. Arnold knew that wasn’t the life he wanted to live. He knew he was destined for something much greater.
Towards the latter part of his 18th year, a bodybuilding competition was coming up in Germany. Arnold was in a predicament. Leaving his post in the military would land him in some serious trouble. Not pursuing his dream would land him in a world of regret. The competition didn’t allow for participants to be over the age of 18. Arnold knew he had only one shot.
Even with all the naysayers in his battalion and family telling him he was crazy for bodybuilding, Arnold determined he would go for it, despite the consequences. This chain of events led to the continued success he’s been fortunate to achieve in his lifetime. Arnold ended up winning that competition. Below are six rules for success, according to The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Ignore the naysayers.
When you have a dream or vision far different from the norm, people will always cut it down saying you won’t be able to accomplish it. Ignore them. They are either very jealous that you’re stepping out and trying something or they are extremely skeptical and you shouldn’t involve yourself with them anyway.
Visualize your goal.
What is your goal? Why do you have this goal? Who will it benefit? What is the end result? Whatever the answers are to these questions, visualize them and keep your focus on that.
Work like hell.
Excuse the French, but Arnold said it, not me. To achieve success, you have to work your butt off.
“You can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets." – Arnold
You have to be willing to put in some long hours, sweat, blood (hopefully not a lot of this one), and tears. Hard work pays off.
Trust that the goal you have for yourself is possible. Trust that only you can make it happen. Trust that you have the ability to make it happen.
Break some rules.
Society places a standard on what success looks like. Sometimes, you have to break the societal norm and do what you feel is best to achieve your vision of success.
(This should go without saying, but don’t be an idiot and break the law…)
Don’t be afraid to fail.
“Be willing to fail. You can’t always win, but don’t be afraid of making decisions.” – Arnold
Step out in faith. Take that next step that could ultimately lead to success. Be okay with knowing you may fail at some point.
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got. How many times have we heard that? Yet, it's so very true.
“You can’t be paralyzed by fear of failure or you will never push yourself. You keep pushing because you believe in yourself and your vision. You know that it is the right thing today and success will come.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
What are some other rules you have for success? Share with me in the comments below!