As you carve your own path toward success and move to Costa Rica, you may be imagining what legacy you’ll leave behind, and what trails you have blazed for other people.  Hearing your calling, pursuing your passion, and changing lives to follow your dreams is what makes people who move to Costa Rica great to begin with. And while working your butt off is the usual path to greatness, there are times where, in the midst of such a big move, it can feel like you are trading your family life, health, and well-being to pursue a dream you’re not even sure why you had.

Successful people are the ones who are able to manage their emotions, achieving a perfect balance of grit and serenity. If you’ve taken your share of licks lately, don’t give up.  Instead, take some advice from Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of Leadership From the Core, and put into practice the techniques of some of the best and most successful people on the planet to make sure that the legacy you leave in your journey here is one of which to be proud.

#1. Successful people start the day with silence and meditation

With so much stress coming their way and so many people demanding their attention, successful people seek quiet time in the morning to reflect and process.  They may journal about the previous day’s events and express gratitude for the doors that have opened up. They’ll watch the sun rise and empty their minds to experience the moment, be still, and breathe with intent.

Oprah says, “I wake up to the sound of birds now (what I’ve taken to calling real twitter). Before getting out of bed, I pause for a moment to acknowledge and appreciate the sound.” She adds that this is a “heightened state of being that lets whatever you’re doing be your best life, from moment to astonishing moment.”

Meditation is scientifically proven to improve sleep, and increase productivity and creativity, so take the advice of the woman worth $2.9 billion.  We are blessed to live in a place where natural silence is abundant and we can escape our thoughts when we tune into life around us. Let us never forget this great power that we have at our behest.

#2. Successful people fail forward

If you’re the type of person who gives up too soon after failing and just can’t bounce back from a setback (thus tossing in the towel on your dreams), you’re missing one of the greatest lessons of every successful person: Failing is part of the journey that will lead to success.  Accept this fact early on so that when failure comes knocking and tries to scare you away, you stare it down with confidence and embrace it, learn from your mistakes, and try again a different way.

Costa Rica will present foreigners with all kinds of challenges, most of which there is no way to escape.  We need to face our failure and find better ways to deal with that which we cannot change.

#3. Successful people overcome their fears

Darren Hardy, best-selling author of  The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster, says that the real reason 66 percent of all entrepreneurs fail is due to mental and emotional roadblocks that get in the way of success. And the biggest roadblock holding entrepreneurs back, according to Hardy? F-E-A-R.

Hardy suggests a simple hack — 20 seconds of courage. He explains the idea: “Think of everything you could accomplish if you forced 20 seconds of bravery on your primitive mind just three times a day. Imagine how doing so would multiply your success, lifestyle, and prominence in the marketplace. Think of the breakthroughs you could create.”

Talk to the people around you; pick up your neighbor who you see walking down the street with heavy groceries; accept the invite to a new acquaintances home for dinner.  Putting ourselves into new scenarios is what we came here to do, but it’s easy to want to fall into our old routines. Practice small but intentional moments of bravery every day and you will integrate into your new life with ease.

#4. Successful people surrender to the process

It takes copious amounts of trust to surrender the outcome of your dreams to the universe, or those forces greater than you. Leadership thinker and author Mike Myatt talks about surrender in this article in Forbes, where he states:

“You’ll rarely encounter the words leadership and surrender used together in complementary fashion. Society has labeled surrender as a sign of leadership weakness, when in fact, it can be among the greatest of leadership strengths. Let me be clear, I’m not encouraging giving in or giving up–I am suggesting you learn the ever so subtle art of letting go.”

So, surrender to the outcome, to your faith or higher power, and believe that things will work out according to the plan. As you let go, surround yourself with trusted advisers, friends, and family who will support you and love you throughout your journey.  Find the people who will remind you of what’s right about your decisions and give you the strength to get through whatever difficulties may come.

At Osa Tropical Properties, we’re here to help you on your path to achieving your dreams.  We know how special the dream is, of moving to Costa Rica, and we also know the challenges that we and many others have faced.  We will walk you through the process of buying, selling, moving, and settling down. We aim to set you on the path to success, supporting you along the way to living your dreams.