The Dogma for Success – Be a Dog with a Bone

By Peggy McColl in Success on January 6th, 2009 / No Comments

There are those who work like a dog to make things happen, there are those who watch things happen, and then there are those who wonder what happened. Be the person who makes things happen.

Sometimes you have to work like a dog. If you want to be extraordinary, you must do the things that ordinary people are not willing to do.

Success does not occur through merely wishing for success. But it also doesn’t occur through force. Trying to force success to happen, or getting incredibly frustrated when things are not happening exactly the way you would like, demonstrates an unawareness of the perfection of the universe.

Many years ago, I worked as a marketing manager in a division of a large international corporation. The company announced that it planned to merge my division with two other divisions. I could see the writing on the wall—the manager of one of the other divisions had much more seniority than I did. Rather than waiting to be squeezed out, I decided that I would set my own direction and work for a new division. I had been eyeing a division that was working with the latest and greatest in technology, called “Smart Technology.”

I walked over to the other side of the building where it was located, and I borrowed a business card of one of the employees.  I wanted to get the vision of working for that division, so I removed his name from the business card and replaced it with mine.  It was my “bone,” my desire was to work in that division.

An interesting thing happened: even though I was not pursuing his job, the guy I took the business card from ended up getting fired and I was hired to replace him.  Now, I don’t think for a minute that he lost his job because of what I did, but isn’t it amazing that when you’re focused on a goal (a bone), things can happen in the most unusual ways?

All things are happening for a reason, and if you attempt to understand why everything is happening as it’s happening, or understand why things have happened the way they have, you may meet with frustration.

Sometimes it is necessary to “let go” or, as has been said, “let go and let God.” But letting go and letting God does not mean that you can sit back and wish for things to happen and not do anything about it. On the contrary, you do have a responsibility for what is going to show up for you in your life.

Creating success in your life is aligning all of the factors for success in a fashion that will produce your desired results, not the results someone else desired for you, but what you truly desire for yourself.

What are those factors? Depending on the outcome you are seeking, you’ll create your own formula based on what you want to produce. There are, however, some fundamental ingredients that will be required, such as: passion, integrity, determination, focus, optimism, faith, a positive attitude, awareness, decision, commitment and love.

There is no single dog training program that will work for all dogs, just as there isn’t one that will work for all humans. All dogs and all humans are unique.

What brings out the best in your dog is an understanding of your dog’s individuality. The same applies to humans. For you to bring out the best in you, you need to understand yourself. Make it a study to really understand yourself: your behaviors, your habits, your areas of focus, your daily rituals, your choices and your unique talents. Become acutely aware of what you are creating in your life and discover the methods of turning your talents into the strengths that will in turn transform your goals into concrete manifestations.

If you want to be successful, find someone who is already successful and follow them around like a puppy dog. Success breeds success. Modeling another person’s success will significantly reduce your time to reach success. Why? These “models” have already been there. They have learned the lessons. They have learned what to do and, more importantly, what not to do. Follow their example, but make it your own. Don’t be a copy cat.

Enhance your own success by customizing the success techniques of another to suit your goals. Once you have done that, look for ways to improve these techniques for yourself.

About the author:
By Peggy McColl, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Be a Dog with a Bone. For more information please visit the current book promotion at Hayhouse.

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