June 17, 2011

Success Is Not An Accident

Success is not an accident—it is the intentional and consistent application of behaviors that result in positive outcomes.”

For the first time since I wrote them, I was reviewing all the 100 Pedals posts that I wrote during the one hundred consecutive rides commitment.  As I shared with some, I had an interesting routine regarding my posts during that time.  My routine was to go on my ride, come back to the house, write and submit the post without reviewing it, and move on.  I have not read any of these posts until now.  It has been an interesting reflection.

This particular quote was contained in one of my posts.  Interestingly, it is one of the most consistent recurring themes during the 100 Pedals journey.  In one of my business blogs, Sustainable Revenues, I talk about the fact that success happens by design, not accident.  While many people talk about the influence of luck, I am not much of a believer in luck unless you are gambling or playing the lottery.  Even then, when it comes to the gambling, even then luck has its limits.

Success comes to those who diligently and intently focus on exactly what they want to accomplish and consistently engage in the appropriate and necessary behaviors to get there.  This is how one is successful.  We are not successful when we get distracted, lost, or are inconsistent to those activities, behaviors and goals.

The reason some people seem to be lucky is the appearance of a big break by meeting someone, being in the right place at the right time, etc.  That is not luck, that is a result of consistent presence to who they are, where they are going and what they need to be doing at all times.  Then, when the moment presents itself to make something happen, they are already engaged in their activities toward success and they project their passion, skills, and abilities as it relates to it.  Luck comes to those are already prepared for a moment and does not come to those who have not recognized or been prepared for or working diligently on their mission.

Success is not about good timing, luck, or a special break.  Success is about a focused commitment to who we are, where we are going, and an awareness of what it takes to get there on a consistent basis.  Besides my increased awareness of the power of faith, the one thing that I learned from my 100 Pedals is that you can and will realize your dreams and accomplish your goals when you know what you want to accomplish, why it is so important to your passion and your purpose, and when you take a measurable action every single day to make sure you reach your goal.  It is your focus that will get you there.  That focus is the result of a consistent and daily effort to keep moving in the right direction with clarity and purpose.

About Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.