Success means different things to different people. Some people define success as a means to be able to adequately take care of their responsibilities, whatever they may be. Others view success as having a nice car and home. It doesn’t matter how you define it you can achieve it, as long as you know you are in control. Goals are not accomplished by chance, it takes conscious effort.
- Review your values and their meaning to you. What is most important to you? What does success mean to you? What are your beliefs about being successful? These ideals and characteristics make us who we are, connect us with others and aid (or hinder) our performance.
- Determine your goal in life. Most people don’t reach their ideal level of success because they don’t know what they want. Sometimes we make life choices on a whim. Selecting our next step without really thinking it through. Then after a while changing our course because we’re not pleased, which prolongs our overall progress. Other times we don’t consider the steps we need to take to get where we want to be and come up short. For instance, if you want a specific career develop skills that put you head and shoulders above the rest.
Once you identify what you want and have planned your future, it will be easier to create it. It may take a bunch of smaller goals to paint the big picture and it may a bit of time but you need to know and focus on your end result for motivation. And most importantly, you can’t figure out how to get somewhere if you don’t know where you’re going. Don’t just let things happen by chance because there’s a chance you won’t like the outcome.
- Set goals for yourself. Now that you know what you want, create an action plan for achievement. Set up short-term goals and steps to contribute to your overall progress. Commit yourself to these tasks, don’t let obstacles and delays influence you.
- Incorporate relevant skills. If you play multiple roles in life then they have probably contributed to the development and enhancement of various skills. If you are the head of the household or volunteer in your community, acknowledge your leadership and communication skills and apply them. Recognize and employ all helpful skills, don’t sell yourself short, you may be more qualified than you thought.
- Maintain a balance. It can be hard to say no, especially when you want to help everyone, but there will be times when you have to. You can’t be a help to someone else if you’re not in a position to help. Don’t spread yourself too thin and know your limits. Ask for help when you need it, just remember you are still responsible for any advice you use. Don’t dwell on your failures, learn from your mistakes and move forward.
- Manage your time well. Plan your schedule in advance, this way you’ll be in control and it ensures your priorities are included. This also sets clear expectations so there is no misunderstanding. Tackle your most important tasks early on, so if something unexpected comes up, the critical item has been squared away and you’re more flexible.
- Network. If you admire someone for something, allow them to mentor you in that aspect. It’s helpful to pick the brain of someone who is closer to or where you want to be. They may be able to provide you with tips that otherwise you wouldn’t have known or would have taken longer to realize. Feedback from reliable, effective sources will be beneficial to your growth and success.