Hello there, many thanks for stopping by to read my latest post. Was it the title that peaked your interest? Which part? The Success one or the loosing one? You know what? It doesn’t really matter. I’ve come to realise that success is at it’s core all about a state of mind.
Do you agree? I’m sure you’ve got your views.
But it’s fare to stay that most people want to be successful in life, I least I know I do. And it’s one of those things I’ve got to keep reminding myself of, that I should not compare the success journey and that it most be unique to me.
There are goals set and then there are hard work that needs to go into reaching those goals. The question is what is success Actually? Success can mean different things to different people.
For example, a person dreaming of owning their own home, might set their level of success at being able to buy a one bed flat while someone who loves music might consider success as producing their own CD and becoming semi-famous. In addition, success does not always have to involve money. Success could be getting a good grade in a difficult class or learning how to bake the perfect chocolate cake.
Success comes in all different shapes and sizes with one common denominator. Success is important and it takes a lot of elbow grease and hard work to reach.
Regardless of what your specific success is, there are ways to surpass your goal. We’re still at the beginning of the year and February is round the corner. What perfect time to reevaluate what success truly means to you and how you can plan to reach it in 2020.
And to help you along, I’ve jotted down 20 of my success steps I’m using to help me achieve, my success in life this year. Hopefully they’ll inspire, motivate and encourage you on your journey to success or give you that much needed nudge to get started. These success steps are ways we can better ourselves as individuals and proven methods we can apply to reach success.
1. Realize your Potential
In order for us to succeed at anything, we need to see that we have the potential to reach our goals. For example, if you want to be a recording artist but have no singing ability, having success in this field is not likely. However, if you love working on cars and have a real talent for fixing engines and transmissions, and to you, success would mean working for NASCAR, you have potential to learn and achieve that success.
2. Don’t Look Back
This is an important element of the step, so take not, because you’re going to find yourself wanting to look back when things don’t seem to be going just right. Everyone has failures or mistakes from the past. To have success, we need to learn from our past and value those difficult lessons but do not ever dwell on the past. Simply move forward and make better, more educated decisions from the lessons learned.
3. Dare to Dream
To succeed, we need to have dreams and aspirations. Be honest with yourself as to what you want out of life and what you want to give of your life. Allow your mind to dream and think big.
4. Business Plan
Create a Business Plan as your very first step if you are planning to build a business. Whether you will be searching for investors or not, this plan will be the blueprint to your success. The Business Plan will consist of market trends, financial planning, competitive analysis, exit strategies, marketing and promotional options, everything about your goal. When going before an investor, you will be required to have a Business Plan. This is by far the most important document of all. If your success were something personal, you would not need to create a Business Plan although a project plan would be a good option to allow you to keep track of everything involving your goal. I found that I’ve accomplished so much more just in the month of January alone because I’d created a project plan.
5. Don’t Give Up
To reach success, we have to persevere. Even Thomas Edison had to learn this. When he was creating the incandescent light bulb, it took him more than 10,000 times to get it right. We’ve got to keep striving even when it becomes challenging, you can’t give up now,
6. Have an Unstoppable Attitude
We need to have determination. With good intentions, there may be a close friend or family member that feels it would be better if you focused your attention in another direction. Uphold your unstoppable attitude, that you’re going to be determined to succeed.
7. Stop the Complaining
You might think there is no correlation between complaining and success when in fact there is a connection. When we’re spending time complaining about the obstacles we’re facing, we’re wasting so much time being negative that we’re actually loosing chances to move forward. Instead of thinking of challenges as problems, start to think of them as opportunities.
8. Focus on Something you Like
To increase our chance of succeeding, we should concentrate our efforts on something we enjoy. When you start out, make a list of everything you find interesting. Then in a second column, write down the skills you have in relation to each of those items. This will help you narrow choices down based on interest and skill, which gets you started in the right direction for success.
9. Change your Circumstances
We have a choice in life to accept our position or change it. If we choose to plug along in life hoping that something will change for the better, we will not get very far. Always remember that when it comes to changing your circumstances, you can – you have that power. As an example, women who are in abusive situations often feel controlled and powerless to get out of the situation. They have the same choice of changing their circumstances as you do. If your circumstances lower the chances of success, you need to change them.
10. Have a Plan
Even if it is flimsy to begin with, you should construct a plan to include goal, milestones, deliverables such as contracts, business plans, etc., and accomplishments. This will provide you with a visual as to what you are working for, what milestones you have successfully met, and where you need to do better.
11. Accept Responsibility
We need to accept responsibility if we make a bad decision or fall behind in our plan. Let us say that we have set some firm milestones that need to be accomplished in order for us to move to the next step. However, we got tired of working hard and took some time to play, which is fine as long as it does not affect our goals. Now months have passed and you are way behind schedule. This delay has closed several doors of opportunities. Who is to blame?
12. Be Happy
A positive mind and happy, upbeat attitude will help you succeed. It has been proven in many studies that a person living in a happy state generally gets much further in just about everything they do. This relates to attitude. Just as bad attitude can pull you down, good attitude and a happy, healthy mind will help you meet your objectives.
13. No Shortcuts
An old cliché states, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” This should be our motto. When we want to succeed, we cannot afford to take shortcuts. Taking shortcuts leads to imperfection and inadequacies. Always strive for the best, even if it requires a little more time and effort.
14. Have Courage
Depending on what your specific success is, it may take courage to arrive at your desired destination. For example, if you have a dream of being a writer and to you, that is success, but according to your long line of family members who have all gone on to be doctors, the only success in their minds is if you follow down the medical path. This means you will have to have courage to stand up for what you believe and desire to do, even if it means disappointing family.
15. Be Excited to Learn
Referring back to the analogy of Edison, when asked about his failures by a young boy, Edison commented, “Young man, I didn’t fail 9,999 times, I discovered 9,999 ways not to invent the light bulb.” As we work toward our specific success, we should always enjoy opportunities to learn, even if it takes longer than we think it should.
16. Share your Success
Although this may be more at the end of the process, it is important. When you finally do reach your success, use your experience to teach, guide, and mentor others so that they too might succeed.
17. Seek Input
Whatever your idea of success, conduct a “sanity check” throughout the process of reaching your goal. This should be done with someone you trust and who is themselves successful. Ask them to provide honest feedback about your success and as you move through different milestones, bounce concerns or new ideas off them to help keep you on the right track.
18. Toxic Poisoning
No, we are not talking about actual poison but toxic people that can poison. Unfortunately, it would be great if close friends or co-workers could share in our success but all too often, there will be someone who is either dealing with the “green monster” of jealousy or has a case of the “I knew that” syndrome. If we are serious about reaching our goal and being successful, we’ll need to rid our life of these people. While we may not be able to get them out of our life completely, we should avoid them as best as possible. If this is a person, you see every day, keep your goals to yourself, and avoid that specific subject.
19. Be a Good Listener
To succeed, you need to learn how to listen first. Pay attention to other people who have enjoyed successes in their life, attend seminars given by people that can motivate and encourage, or be open to hearing that a particular idea is not a good one. Good listening takes time to learn but in the end, it will be your greatest tool.
20. Birds of a Feather
If you have a goal of being a best-selling author, find friends and mentors who either have achieved that same goal or are also pursuing a successful writing career. It is important to surround yourself with people that can associate with your goal and passion, people who understand the burning desire to succeed and can encourage when you meet with disappointments.
Many thanks for taking out the time to read my latest post. If you loved what you’ve just read, I’ve written 80 more success steps you can follow to achieve your success in 2020. Just click here if you would like to read them.
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