Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’ is packed with tips for achieving success in this world and being the person you were created to be. Although written some 150 years ago it seems that Rudyard Kipling is writing ‘If’ for today’s network marketers!
The poem talks of maintaining your focus and confidence in your goals despite ridicule and others doubts. It talks of the importance of patience and integrity.
Of not just dreaming but working to make them happen. To embrace mistakes yet not be distracted by successes. To take risks and not give up when things don’t work out.
To persevere yet keep a balanced life, wisely using every minute.
If you can achieve this then nothing will be beyond your grasp.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Men are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
Are you achieving success, reaching your goals?
Using Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’ as inspiration set yourself these tasks:
1. Establish well defined goals.Clearly state the end objective of each goal and how you will know you have achieved it.
2. Write down as many reasons why these goals are important to you. The more you list, the stronger the motivation to achieve.
3. State the date you will achieve each goal. This will be determined from detailing an action plan of small tasks that will need to be carried out daily in reach your goal. These will be little tasks that will be as easy to do as not do.
4. Involve others. Share your goals so that those close to you will know what you’re working towards. It will show them what you consider important and a priority for you.
5. Celebrate your success! Your goals shouldn’t all be mega big ones. Have smaller ones that will help you on your journey through life.
‘Yours is the earth and everything that’s in it’. Claim it and take to heart the words of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’.