Do you remember that time you read a good book about how to become successful and you were immediately successful after that? Do you also remember that time you watched a brilliant motivational video on how to become successful and you were immediately successful after that? Probably not. That should not come as a surprise. Success is more than just gathering information, it is about putting what you learn into practice. Take action!
Reading books, watching relevant videos online, listening to podcasts, and getting a mentor/coach are all important resources you can use to help you in achieving your goals. Using these resources can help you avoid making many mistakes that you probably would have made without them. Through books, videos, podcasts and mentors, you can learn from the masters – you are standing on the shoulders of giants. The truth is that all of this learning, advice and input would do you no good at all unless you took some specific action on what you have learned.
If learning about success was all that it took to do great things with your life, then your success would be guaranteed. The bookstores are full of self-help books, each one of them loaded with ideas that you can use to be more successful. All of the best advice in the world will only help you if you can motivate yourself to take persistent, continuous action in the direction of your goals until you succeed.
The probable result from your reading of books, watching videos, listening to podcasts is that you have made some specific decisions about what you are going to do more of and what you are going to do less of. You have set certain goals for yourself in different areas of your life, and you have made resolutions that you plan to follow through on. The problem is that most people stop there. Making a decision to do something is the easy part. Real progress starts when you actually take action. You must be so determined that you actually follow through with your plans.
Character is the ability to follow through with a resolution once the enthusiasm with which the resolution was made has passed. It is not what you learn that is decisive for your future. It is whether or not you can discipline yourself to pay the price, over and over, until you finally obtain your objective.
The most important question for your future is simply: will you do what you have resolved to do?