Today success is seen as a function of many variables.
Success = Genes A + Genes B (Variable) +Training (X) + Y (Attitude)+Z (desire to win) + C (Coaching) +D (Desire) + Cult (Culture) +A (Food)+L (Language) + Custom + S (Spirituality) + E (Climate) + H (Environment) + disease rate (Health)+ Hab (Habits) + Time + Tech (Application of Technology) + Knowledge (External and Internal) + Belief in yourself + Emotional Intelligence + Reason (intrinsic and extrinsic motivations).
Science has shown inequivocally that a person’s mind has the power to influence and impressively affect long-term the dynamics of performance and achievement. Many psychologists emphasize that not only biology sets the ultimate limits of performance, but definitely, the mind determines how far one reaches. It is vital, according to this understanding, to work in a dynamic environment, with good motivational psychological development to achieve high goals.
In the last centuries, a progressive improvement in athletic performance has been showed. This is due to advances made in technology, aerodynamics, strength training, and new methods of training, competitiveness and desire.
New people who have accomplished outstanding goals are not super humans, with gifted genes, or super-weird. They are part of a culture of extremes, ambitious to get more and risk more, of a profound desire of doing things better.
Nevertheless, most of us do not want anything from that culture of extremes and we prefer to stay in the middle of something, almost mediocre.
In a world obsessed with discovering internal skills, the evidence provides a completely different approach: far from a fixed notion that human beings have assets, skills, talents and fixed contributions, there is a new concept of development of these assets, skills and human talents.
The new science helps us to understand how a common and normal human being can grow and do good things, great and extraordinary. This exposes a fallacy of the old idea that only those endowed with unique gifts can be geniuses and achieve high goals.
To think that talent is innate only makes the world more manageable, more comfortable and releases people from expectations, and free them of comparisons. If someone is innately talented in a particular area or subject, why I am going to strive to improve in that area?. Thus I should be jealous of your genetic luck while I avoid feeling frustrated if I try. This idea leads to apathy, mental comfort, and procrastination, releasing people from effort and depriving them of rewards.
A new development of paradigm requires not only a new intellectual adjustment, but also moral psychological and spiritual. This begins by expanding how we consider our real assets, responsibilities and boundaries, which are not only biological, but also economic, cultural, nutritional, environmental and family education.
Considering what we inherit as opposed to what we decide requires a radical revision. Although genes do not change by themselves from generation to generation, the instructions given to them may change. This means that I may impact the genetic legacy.
Even in free nations, people are determined by habits, media messages, patterns, agendas, expectations, social and natural infrastructure, involving us in things that are not ours. Many of these elements have passed from generation to generation with little change and difficult to change.
None of the foregoing suggests that we have or must have an absolute control of our lives and abilities. Now, our task is to replace the simplistic notion of those talents given and the misconception that only talents are responsible for large and vast new ways of influence, many of which are out of our control, but with some hope of being able to influence and increase our understanding.
The simplest lesson learned from the ultra-achievers of goals, is not how things have been easy for them, but how hard and how resilient they have been. It is a matter of wishing things, wanting to do so many things and never giving up.
It is necessary to be ready to sacrifice time, money, sleep and sometimes even friends and reputation.
You have to adopt a lifestyle for such an ambition, not for weeks or months but for years. You look forward to something to be willing to fail and make mistakes, so that these faults and errors give you new ways of doing things and learn from them.
People who achieve extraordinary goals require an uncommon level of personal motivation and great faith.
The sources of motivation are often mysterious. Emotions and psychology mold this deep motivation which comes from many possible parts. A person can be happily inspired, spiritually devout or deeply resentful. Motivation may be selfish or vengeful, or need to prove something, good or bad, and all of this can be conscious or unconscious. Inspiration may come in many ways, through family rivalry, a desire to impress some family member, an insatiable hunger to be loved or hatred of failure.
All great thinkers and inventors are nonconformist. They always want something; they wish they could have had more education, have worked harder, and all of these people have a high level of self-criticism.
Nietzsche: “All great artists and thinkers are great workers, tireless in invention and transforming, order, eliminators and trouble makers”.
Those with high ambitions must tirelessly turn failures into opportunities, like judo, where the practitioner turns the opponent’s attack and energy in favor of the attacked, Unless there is a focused motivation, there may be feelings of guilt and regret that dangerously distract from the real assignment; this must necessarily focus on improvement.
The most common type of fault is the biological one, which is highly decisive.
Perhaps, the biggest obstacle to our success is to believe that there are inferior genes.
Sometimes possible targets or goals are far, many years away from certain and often-difficult to envision. The practical distance between current skills and desired skills are so huge, that goals seem unattainable. Many people give in to this feeling of discouragement instead of taking distance as an inspiration and encouragement.
Greatness is not just going beyond mediocrity, it is transcending it. Greatness begins with one-step further, and another step, and hundreds of small and large steps until the distance cannot be measured. The only way to reach greatness is to go far, hard, persistently pushing everything, from the points of logic and reason. That is why people, who achieve high goals, at any age, are dreamers. Their heads are tied to clouds imagining the unimaginable.
They ignore the small turnouts and everything that seem obstacles.
Hundreds of extraordinary successful people recognize that there is no age for impossible. Being in the game is difficult and for those who keep on, that is a process of improvement, especially over time which has no substitute, thus time is crucial for excellence.
In our culture, we are constantly conditioned to gratify our impulses immediately: shop, eat, drink, watch, and click now.
Successful people who achieve high goals, overcome those impulses.
The small accomplishments along the way provide much more satisfaction to keep on.
A lesson to learn is that things come out of nowhere and evolve from nothing. The smallest seed in the right situation turns into the most beautiful forest and the most promising seed in a bad situation may turn into anything.
The true way to success remains not in the molecular composition of a person, but in the development of a more productive and outstanding identification of external resources. Find a mentor, a great teacher who will inspire, advise, criticize and have extreme faith in you, who tells you the different person you must be– and different skills – that you must have in life.