This phrase is the premise that the Framework to Success was built on. What does this exactly mean, “live to succeed, not to survive”? Let’s begin with the second half of this phrase. What does it mean to live to survive? When you know you are capable and worth more than what you are currently doing right now but don’t do anything about it, it’s because you are comfortable. Most of the time, that comfort is driven by fear of stepping outside the comfort zone and fear of taking the necessary risk to get out of the current situation and into a position where your actual worth will lead to success. This is living to survive. Don’t get comfortable if you are in a place you don’t want to be in for the rest of your life. Use the plateau that you are stuck on as a launchpad to succeed. Don’t live to just survive!
Now, those who live to succeed are fueled by purpose and will find creative ways to progress and move forward. They never feel stuck because their vision to succeed is always at the forefront of their mind. It doesn’t matter how uncomfortable the current situation is because they know it is temporary and know there is a purpose behind every circumstance. Someone who lives to succeed is driven and determined to execute every goal that leads to success.
Where do you find yourself right now? Living to survive, or living to succeed?
A framework is only as strong as the foundation it stands on. Having a strong foundation for your framework requires a combination of a sound mind and body. The mind and body together make up who you are as a whole person. What you feed your mind and body will either produce fruit or cause setbacks as you journey to succeed. Your framework to success needs to be solid enough to withstand anything that wants to tear it down like fear, criticism, bad habits, and anything that does not parallel your purpose.
To solidify your framework, you need to focus on the little things that will help build it up. There are these fundamental elements that develop and establish your attitude and help you with decisions and direction. These fundamental elements are your core values. These are important to have because they reflect who you are and help control your thoughts and actions in a positive way, especially when aligned with your purpose. Core values protect you and the vision you pursue. They keep you within the bounds of your path to success.
The mind and body need to be protected and this may require sacrifice. For some people it will have to be routine changes such as adding more physical activity to keep the body strong and healthy or reading more books to strengthen the mind through knowledge and understanding. It may require a diet change so your mind and body can get the right fuel so you can thrive physically and mentally. Environment change could be a possibility if the conditions you are surrounding yourself with are not conducive to your success. For example, the people you hang out with may be holding you back from progress or even pushing you further away from your goals. I am not encouraging you to ditch your family or friends, but you want to make sure you are surrounding yourself with people who encourage and influence you to grow and succeed. This may mean you have to be more selective about who you spend your time with. Expose yourself to things and people who are relevant to your purpose and vision.
Make sure your foundation stays strong and balanced so you can perform at your highest levels of energy and mental sharpness. So, take heed to what you are putting in your mind and body. Is it relevant to your success, or will it hinder progress? Establish core values that will create the boundaries for you to thrive and succeed in while they block the outside noise.
Live to succeed, not survive!