Secret to Success
The Secret to Success is first and foremost a challenge to define what “success” is. For your consideration, is the success that you pursue related to money, health, well-being, career, relationships, life satisfaction and purpose, development of spirit, travel and adventure, productivity, or security? You can not achieve success without knowing what it is. This is often easier said than done… Do not assume that this is an easy challenge. This process of defining success is often difficult but by far the most critical step. Many people will lack clarity and then chase too many goals at one time to allow for success in any of these areas. Secret: Do not spread your resources too thin… Keep a tight focus, for a better chance at success.
Knowing whether your definition of success is realistic can be another conundrum. Is it achievable with your available resources? If not, can you acquire the necessary resources? Sometimes this is very hard to know because you may have no control over other important people, situations, or conditions. Being difficult should not be a reason to stop pursuing your dream, but a good understanding of the steps to accomplish your success can be essential. I say this because many people have a naïve attitude regarding what it takes to be successful. Most people do not stumble into success.
Appreciating your success is also a major factor in achieving satisfaction from all your hard work. A lack of integration of mind, body, and spirit can lead to less desirable outcomes. In other words, if you are not really taking good care of yourself it is very difficult to celebrate your successful accomplishments, and may in fact, sabotage your success.
Self-satisfaction is extremely important, but often sharing your success has even great value. Do you have people to share your victory with? Will they really understand your efforts and your needed level of commitment to reach your goal? What will you be able to do now that you have achieved your success that you could not have done before?
A final question, are you interested in achieving success and satisfaction by assisting other people to be successful? For some people, there is no real need to breed success in other people. For some, teaching, mentoring, or coaching other people, or teams, to success is the pinnacle of satisfaction.
Look for our follow up articles to break down each of the main ingredients for achieving your most important successes.
L. John Mason, Ph. D. is the author of the best selling “Guide to Stress Reduction. " Since 1977, he has offered Success Coaching and Training.
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