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The Art of Succeeding

January 6, 2011

The Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer Michelangelo said “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

Michelangelo also believed “A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” and made his hands do the work of setting it free. Inside you there is a great and wonderful person and life just waiting to be carved out. What do you see in that block of marble that is you and your life?

Visualize what it is that you want for your life – do you see more of the “same old – same old”, or do you see a happy, enriched life where you are growing and moving forward?

That life is out there for you, but before you can live it – you must see it; and what you see is exactly what you are going to get.

What will it take? More than just hard work – Michelangelo is reported to have said,

“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.”

We’ve all heard that to succeed you must work hard, and yes, hard work is necessary to succeeding. But to succeed you must not only work hard, you must work smart.

By working smarter and making every minute count as you travel your path toward achieving your goals, you will eliminate wasted time and effort in your drive to successfully accomplish your dream.

  • Think about each task that is required to achieve your goal
  • Think about the effort each task will require
  • Then, think about how you can accomplish each of these tasks more efficiently and in the shortest amount of time.

Consider ways to consolidate tasks and make yourself more productive.

Another thing that Michelangelo believed was that to succeed you had to believe in your own abilities. 

“Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.”

Have you ever told yourself, “I could never do that,” only to find out when you tried you actually did exceptionally well?  How did it feel to realize that you could accomplish something you did not believe yourself capable of?  Felt good didn’t it?

To be successful, you must first believe that you can, and will, be successful.

 “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving the mark.”

You are capable of accomplishing some very amazing things – things that you cannot perceive, things that will astonish you. But by not setting your goals high enough, you may never realize just how it feels to accomplish those very wonderful and amazing feats.

By stretching your boundaries, the empowerment you realize will enable and encourage you to go so very much further in your quest to live every moment to its fullest.

There is true greatness inside you; it’s just up to you to release it and let your life blossom.

Myles Smith is a Life and Empowerment Coach and owns Empowered Transitions in Marietta, Ga. He currently writes for his own blog (  and guest blogs on other coaching sites on topics ranging from self-empowerment to understanding how to improve our lives.

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