Success. Most people desire success; few would say they’ve achieved it.
First of all, to have success in any area of life, we need to define what success means to us. If we have only a vague idea of what it means to us, how can we ever hope to arrive at that lofty place? We will never be able to measure how far or how close we are to success if we have not clearly and specifically defined it.
To some people, success is achieving a financial goal of a hefty savings; to some, it’s rising to the top in their careers; to others, success is finding happiness and emotional well-being; and yet to another, it’s meaningful and healthy relationships. We are all unique and therefore, what is important to us is also unique.
What does success mean to you? Have you taken the time to grapple with that question? If you haven’t decided where you’re traveling to, no road map will help. You must know what you want and what success means to you. It is the most important step
STEP 1: Define what success means to you personally.
Zdravko Cvijetic writes in an article for the Medium: “Successful people know that they are responsible for their life, no matter their starting point, weaknesses, and past failures.” This statement illustrates a concept that is vital if we are to achieve success. Taking responsibility for the quality of our life is paramount to any recipe for success. It’s not enough to dream big; we must take the practical actions that move us closer to the fulfillment of our goals and what is important to us.
We cannot hope to have success if we blame others for our unhappy life, lack of money, or failing relationship or insufficient opportunities. The greatest leverage we have is making a commitment to ourselves to take full responsibility. This one act is a major game changer.
STEP 2: Take full responsibility for your life and the person you want to be.
Another mistake that’s easy to make is neglecting to examine bad habits that derail us, prevent us or at the very least slow us down from achieving our dreams and goals.
In the Entrepreneur article, “10 Bad Habits You Must Eliminate from Your Daily Routine," by Tavis Bradberry, “Saying ‘yes’ when you should say ‘no’” is one of those bad habits to surrender. It is tough to know when we need to say no if we haven’t yet defined our burning “YES!” Once you have clearly and thoroughly isolated what success mean to you and how to get there, the next step is to look at what gets in the way of moving forward. Keeping your attention on your goals and the many milestones to achieve them requires awareness of the obstacles.
Our bad habit may be small such as checking our email dozens of times a day or getting frustrated with our employees or watching too much television. However, if the lost time, energy, and opportunities were added up over a ten-year period, those little actions are the very thing that keeps us chained to an unfulfilled life. So the next step asks you to discover what habits are chaining you to a destination you are unconsciously choosing.
STEP 3: Find out what habits work against your success.
Once you've discovered what success means to you, you've made a decision to take full responsibility, and you've fleshed out those bad habits, the next step is to break down the bigger goal into smaller ones. Just like we can't eat an apple or a watermelon in one bite, we can't accomplish anything all at once. Breaking our bigger vision into bite-size goals allows us to be more effective and prevents us from getting bogged down and overwhelmed.
STEP 4: Enlist the natural way the brain works.
In Heartmanity's blog series, "Building Healthy Brain Habits" you'll discover the first steps to success begin with utilizing the best of brain habits. In an earnest desire to accomplish goals and change our lives, many people start way too big. The disadvantage of starting too big is that usually the actions are unsustainable and before we know it, we've defaulted back to our same old ways. Starting small is key for building success into your daily life. Whether you're after success at work, as a parent, or simply in mastering a new yoga pose to ground yourself, it's key to start small until you build momentum.
STEP 5: Create a daily routine that supports success.
You're almost there! Achieving goals and implementing the keys to success conclude with a daily routine. A successful life is not determined by what we do every once in a while. Success is forged by what we do consistently. No matter who you respect or admire in their success, if you asked them how they arrived, they'd agree that the pathway was a discipline of daily actions that created the structure for growth personally and professionally.
In "Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Oprah Winfrey All Use the 5-Hour Rule" it's apparent that all great leaders and successful people have their personal version of consistency and discipline. Doing the things that matter most every single day will get you where you want to go. Design your own habits that lead to the life you desire. Create routines that support you to achieve your goals. Make decisions that guide you closer to the success you desire.
One step at a time, success is won. One day at a time, fulfill your dreams.
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