Being successful means a lot of different things to different people.
That’s why it’s absolutely essential that you define your success by your terms, and no one else’s.
Try this exercise: take out a pen and paper, or pull up a document for notes on your mobile device. Take a moment to write down what success means to you. Don’t judge, just write.
Next, take a few minutes to think about the moments in your life when you feel most fulfilled—those moments when you are wholly present in what you are doing, when your body and mind are buzzing with energy, when you feel the most ALIVE.
Write down as many of those moments as you can think of, then take a look at what they have in common. Maybe they all involve an element of risk, or being the centre of attention. Or maybe they share an element of creativity and innovation. Whatever you notice, write that down.
Then look back over your definition for success. Do those two things go together? If not, it’s time to rethink your idea of success.
If they do, congratulations–you’ve mastered the first step to becoming a success: defining success on your own terms!
Read on to discover 8 more ways to create your life’s own success story.
As Tony Robbins says, where focus goes, energy flows—and you need to make sure you’re putting your energy into the right things.
You’ve taken some time to think about what success means to you, now it’s important to remember not to rely on what other people think. This isn’t about showing up at your school reunion and proving to everyone how successful you are. This is about building a life where you feel fulfilled—and that means you need to know exactly what fulfills YOU.
When you’re too focused on what other people are doing, you lose sight of your true purpose—but if you can ignore everyone one else, you will find the confidence you need to keep going.
“Being unafraid of making mistakes makes everything easy for me. Not worrying about what people think frees you to do things, and doing things allows you to win or learn from your loss—which means you win either way. Hear me now: you are better off being wrong ten times and being right three than you are if you try only three times and always get it right.”
We all have certain ingrained beliefs that we carry with us through our lives. Sometimes these are inherited from our parents or society, sometimes they are things we come to believe (or fear) through painful experiences.
Learning to let go of these beliefs is essential to ensuring a clear path to success.
It is in giving that we receive, wrote St. Francis of Assisi. Offering support to others who are struggling, whether it be personally or professionally, is an important step on the road to success.
Not only does giving to others bring a sense of well-being, it can help clarify your purpose and give you a better perspective on where you’ve been and where you’re going.
All our behaviours can be traced back to the 6 basic human needs that drive us. They motivate our actions and determine how satisfied we feel in our lives.
Understanding what emotions are driving you can bring a lot of clarity to your journey.
They say it takes two weeks to develop—or break—a habit. Make a conscious effort to integrate healthier habits into your life.
Eating well, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep—these are all essential elements to wellbeing, and can make sure you have the energy and the focus to perform at your best.
Make the most of your time by working on increasing your productivity.
Like good habits, productivity is something that can be trained—learn the 7 steps to increased productivity and make the commitment to yourself to follow them.
All of the above will only get you so far if let yourself get run down. Exercising proper self-care means looking after both your physical and mental wellbeing.