Advice from Michael Phelps
"So many people along the way, whatever it is you aspire to do, will tell you it can't be done. But all it takes is imagination. You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits." - Michael Phelps
The most successful individuals are also the ones who are willing to put in the groundwork to master their craft, and they don't relent until goals have been realized. But even at that moment, the best of the best will keep pushing onto the next goal, and then the next, and then (yes, you can guess it) the next.
Michael Phelps, the man who holds the record for most Gold medals of any Olympian (ever), was spot on when he made the statement above. There will always be doubters, don't worry about them. There will always be obstacles, just move past them. We will always make mistakes, we just have to learn from them.
Despite the difficulties and proposed distractions that come our way whenever we're striving for something outside the norm, our imagination will be the catalyst for all of our success. First, we imagine, then we believe, then we act, then we achieve. This is the way success goes. We must trust in ourselves, surround ourselves with people who we can trust (and who trust us), and press forward toward the areas we wish to find success. This isn't limited to business, either. These same tactics correspond to all areas of life, as they're all related. Whether personal life, spirituality, business or our bodies, we must ensure we're setting aside the things that no longer serve us, the people who no longer benefit our highest goals, the habits that hold us back and the beliefs that keep us confined.
When we break free of limitations and burst into our own imagination, we have the ability to achieve even the most complicated, far-off goals and obtain even the most wild, unrealistic desires.