Become Number One: What It Takes?

Why do you want to become number one? For those who have been reading my articles know that I do not entirely support such 'goals'.

Instead of getting into a race that you may eventually find empty or disappointing at the end of the finish line, I'd much rather encourage you to be number one in racing with the current person inside you.

If becoming number one is about being a better you, and by being a better you makes you ‘beat’ the rest, then yes...go for it.

So, how do you become number one?

1. What’s Your Purpose?
First of all, I think you need to know why you want to be number one? If it is all about being rich and powerful, then I think you need to relook at your purpose. You need to think hard as to what is your definition of 'number one'? Is it a yardstick someone else has given you? What are your criteria of being number one? Become first in what? These are important questions you need to answer.

2. No Excuses
Let’s just assume you know why you want to become number one. The first thing you need to do is really to take personal responsibility for your actions and choices. No one owns the actions and choices you make in life. Do not blame others for the situation you are in. Whatever those situations are, you can change them. You can take positive steps to own your own destiny.

3. The Inner Voice in You
You can only race with the man inside you. Really, there is no one else you need to do this ‘race’ with to get to the top. If you can beat the voices inside you, be it a positive or a negative one, you will become number one. You have demons you need to challenge. Challenge those demons. It can even be a common demon most of us have e.g., the demon of procrastination.

4. Welcome Challenges
Welcoming challenges isn’t just about challenges people throw at you. It means something bigger than that. It means in your daily work, face challenges with calmness and be unfazed by it. Challenges provide you an opportunity for growth that is a necessity to become number one. Any time something does not go your way, the way you expect it to, that in itself is a challenge. Do not be attached to how something has to turn out. Adapt to it and learn to make adjustments with a calm mind. It can help you make better decisions in the future.

It’s OK to want to become number one. But you need to clarify your thoughts, why you want that goal. Otherwise, you may end up chasing a mirage and end up still thirsty at the end of the road.

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