Zig Ziglar, a renowned success coach observed, “There is no elevator to success, you have to use the stairs.” This underscores the point that success is a journey upward and forward with series of steps begging to be taken. It’s the cumulative effect of steps taken in the right direction with the right mix of determination and sense of purpose. Hence, to embark on a journey that could culminate in success, begin by taking the first step, which for most folks is the hardest, due to fear of failure. Tomorrow’s success is the product of connected daily grind and efforts to achieve a goal. At the risk of falling behind time and getting stuck in fear, you need to get off the starting block and begin to build the future of your dreams. It begins with a step and with connected steps in the right direction and determination in pursuit of a purposeful goal.

It is also important to note that tomorrow’s success is the product of ideas and inspirations that are subject to daily or frequent refining and reshapening. If your ideas would take root and be considered enterprising, you need to keep taking the stairs to shape it up and refine it. Yesterday's ideas that got you to the top of the heap may not keep you at the top, if you are not taking the stairs upwards to rethink it in the light of present realities. For your ideas to come across as the gold standard for timeless success, you need to illuminate it with fresh value-adds. It goes without saying that ideas not subjected to frequent refining may become out of style and could make you unfit to rake in tomorrow's success. The tech giants of today are always redefining their ideas whilst leveraging off the power of foresight to remain valuable and sustain their market share. To sum it up, business as usual is not sustainable. So keep taking the stairs with a sense of making continuous improvement a norm.

Aside from taking the stairs of shaping up your playbook for success, it bears mentioning that no one can succeed outside of an impactful relationship. John Maxwell, a renowned leadership expert, observed, "One is too small a number to succeed". Hence, tomorrow’s success is the product of relationships and network built over a season. To get on a success streak, you need to keep taking the stairs in building positive relationships. Instead of keeping to yourself whilst thinking that you can go every pursuit alone, rather ask for help and also be willing to offer a helping hand. The give and take you have with someone might be the door to the next level of your success. The help you offer or receive, might also mark the threshold of a impactful relationship that could turn the tide for you. Those who warm up to people are capable of winning with people. You cannot attain success by cold shouldering people. Hence, you need to build and maintain reliable and impactful network by going through the stairs of positive relationships. In the equation of success, people are one of the dominant factors, without which your dreams and aspirations wouldn't be realised to the max. So, begin to use the stairs to go upward and forward, even as you aspire to succeed.

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Abayomi Aina
Abayomi (ACA, CFE, PGDip Theology) is an inspired prolific writer, instructor and gospel artiste. He is divinely endowed to inspire the world towards purposeful living, leadership spirit, goal pursuit, academic excellence and leading a Christian life.


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