Becoming Successful – Steps you need to take
Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so – Unknown
Success, what is it? How do you define it? If you are sitting there reading this post right now, chances are you are already considered to be successful by a large number people in the world. You likely have a roof over your head, a vehicle to drive, individuals that love you, and food to eat.
Your version of success will be vastly different than others who come from different parts of the world. Typically in western society, someone who has obtained a nice vehicle, a big house, and can go on vacations is considered successful. But not everyone strives to have those things. This is where it is critical to determine what success means to you.
Reflecting on what your goals are throughout life will help you determine when you have reached a point of success. Once you have decided what success looks like in your life, let it motivate you. Don’t let others shame you for your motivations. If being able to afford a luxury vehicle is the point at which you feel you reached success, then that is okay.
It is important to remember that being successful holds different meaning for different people. To some, being successful is obtaining financial freedom. To others, it could be learning a new language and speaking it fluently or being accepted into a specific post-secondary institution. Being aware that everyone around you views success differently changes the perspective of success and we shouldn’t view others as unsuccessful just because they don’t have the same things we do.
Steps to becoming successful or reaching a goal:
- Determine what success means to you – Visualize your goals.
- Make sure your goals are realistic – or in other words, achievable within a specific time-frame.
- Assess what needs to happen between now and your goal – do you need extra training, or more experience, should you network?
- Make decisions based on your future goals, not the current situation – if you need the extra training as defined above, then take it!
- Be consistent! – Success comes from being consistent, not just from trying something one or two times.
- Reflect on your progress – Many people say keep looking ahead, it’s nice to look back and appreciate how far you have come. Use this as motivation to keep going.
- Reach your point of success – You made it!
Based on these steps, you can guess that what you consider as success might change throughout life. A young professional might consider full time work as being successful, however 10 years later they might consider retiring early as a success and work towards that. Being successful is a moving target for each person, and reaching it requires perseverance and persistence.
It is also important to recognize that the absence of success doesn’t mean failure. It just means that you are working on it. Remind yourself often that you are enough, and do enough – you are simply just bettering yourself in an effort to reach a higher level of personal growth and reach a goal.
My version of success would be to obtain financial freedom, and have the capability to give back more than what I am able to do now. Being able to see my family and friends more often would also be considered a success for myself. These kinds of intrinsic goals help keep me motivated throughout the day! What does success look like in your world? Let me know!
I hope this post helps you visualize your goals. If you have any questions, or just want to talk, please feel free to contact me!