What steps can you take to increase your chances of being successful? This month, we’ve been looking at defining your own idea of success and how you can gain clarity around this. With those pieces of the puzzle in place, it’s now time to go after that vision. We’re sharing five steps you can take that will lead you to success.
1. Setting Goals
The first thing to do is set yourself some specific goals—ones you can measure. We talked about this at the beginning of the year. However, with more clarity around what success means to you, those goals might need to change. Think about what you need to achieve to move you closer to your vision and set new goals which support this.
2. Take Action
It’s fine setting a goal, but you will not achieve them without taking action! In the last blog post, we asked you to identify the gaps between where you are now and what you want to achieve. Now you need to schedule the actions which will close these gaps. It’s easy to put things off, especially when family, friends or colleagues want things from you. But making the required actions a priority is essential if you want to achieve your vision.
3. Dangling A Carrot
Don’t forget to dangle a carrot with some rewards! You can decide what these are beforehand, so they continue to motivate you. If you’ve set a goal, you can break it down into simple steps, each of which has a reward associated with it. Every time you tell yourself you’ll do it another day, remember your reward. Don’t forget, success rarely comes without challenges. Those who are successful push through those times. A carrot can be just the thing to keep you going!
4. Time To Reflect
Reflection is a powerful development tool which can help you achieve success sooner rather than later. Sit back and take an objective look at what you’ve done. What has worked well, accelerating your progress? Is there a way you can expand this? Then, consider where things haven’t worked and why. From there, you can plan what you will and won’t do in the future to reach your goals.
5. Find The Fun
While achieving success can be full of challenges, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be an enjoyable process. Think about how you can find the fun in what you’re doing. You could connect this to your ultimate goal, include tasks you particularly enjoy, or add a layer of fun to the tasks that don’t light you up. For example, playing music can completely change your mood when you’re working on a boring task.
Follow these five steps, and you’ll move closer and closer to your definition of success. If you would like further support, either in gaining clarity or achieving success, get in touch to find out how I can help you.
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