The common denominator of success — the secret of success of every man who has ever been successful — lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do.
They can accomplish the things they want to achieve by doing what they don’t like to do. The desire for pleasing results influences successful men. Failures are influenced by the desire for pleasant methods.
Why are successful men able to do things they don’t like to do while failures are not? Because successful men have a strong enough purpose to make them form the habit of doing things they don’t like to do to accomplish the purpose they want to achieve.
Men are creatures of habit. Every single qualification for success is acquired through habit. Men form habits, and habits form futures. If you do not deliberately form good habits, then unconsciously, you will form bad ones. You are the kind of man you are because you have developed the habit of being that kind of man.
Any resolution or decision you make is simply a promise to yourself, which isn’t worth a tinker’s dam unless you have formed the habit of making it and keeping it. Any resolution or decision you make today has to be made again tomorrow, and the next day, and so on. And it not only has to be made each day, but it has to be kept each day. If you continue the process of making it each morning and keeping it each day, you will finally wake up some morning a different man in a different world, and you will wonder what has happened to you and the world you used to live in.
For the first time in your life, you have become a master of yourself — your likes and dislikes — by surrendering to your purpose in life. That is why there must be a purpose behind every success, and that is what makes purpose so important to your future.
An excerpt from The Common Denominator of Success