24 Mar The Recipe for Success Begins With You
Imagine you’re told you need to make a lasagna. Sounds simple, right? Now imagine you’re told you can only use what you have in your fridge right now. You might be lucky enough to pull it off, but without the proper time and ingredients, it will probably be a little more challenging. Recipes are a very important part of a successful cooking experience, but they aren’t the whole picture. Today I’m going to tell you why a recipe for success begins with you.
Clean Your Kitchen Before You Cook
The first step in designing your own personal recipe for success is to take stock of what you have. A good cook always cleans his kitchen before he starts cooking anything; similarly, you should look at the “ingredients” of your life and get rid of what you don’t need. The next step is to look at what you have left and find a balance. A good lasagna is equal parts savory, spicy, rich, and complex. Too much salt and your guests won’t be able to taste the other spices; too little cheese and it will be too acidic. Your talents are your ingredients, and it’s up to you to choose how much of which one comprises your optimal recipe for success. And just like perfecting a recipe takes practice, perfecting your own recipe for success will take practice as well. This quality can be described as resilience, or the ability to keep going despite any and all setbacks.
“Resilient people know that the experience of success, supportive love, being fit and healthy, and living life wholeheartedly taste much better than any momentary times of laziness, self-neglect or procrastination. The resilient believe that all of their hard work, and the patience which is also required, is worth it.” –Sherrie Campbell, Ph.D.
The Secret Ingredient in a Recipe for Success Is Patience
Now that you’ve cleaned your kitchen and taken stock of your ingredients, it’s time to start making your recipe! However, just like the best home-cooked meals require hours of waiting for things to simmer, the recipe for your own success requires a lot of your own patience. Think about Gordon Ramsay – you might describe the host of Hell’s Kitchen as a hothead, but as a chef, Ramsay takes the utmost care with his food. In fact, some might say he is more patient with his own ingredients and recipes than he is with many other aspects of his life. If Gordon Ramsay’s patience can pay off in the kitchen – both literally and metaphorically – so can yours.
You can create a perfect recipe for success without compromising your own identity; the key is balancing your work in the “kitchen” with your work in other areas of your life.
Just like there are thousands of recipes for lasagna out there, your recipe for success probably won’t be exactly the same as anyone else’s. This is perfectly fine! Instead of focusing on other people’s recipes to find out what yours is missing, tweak your recipe until it’s right for you. After all, at the end of the day, you’re cooking for one person – you. To learn more about creating your own life success, check out my latest book, How to Design a Life Worth Smiling About.