“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
Everyone wants to be successful. Focus generally tends to be towards career success. However, personal or life success, is also important. Success is about achieving goals. After all, if you haven’t got a goal then how can you be successful? So, what are the four secrets that can help you be successful?
It is vital that you set yourself goals for your personal and professional lives. These will provide a target to aim for. Once you’ve listed your goals then write down the steps you are going to take to achieve them. Add who or what can help you to your list. Find an accountability partner, mentor or coach who can help and support you.
Remember that your personal and professional lives are inter-dependent
You may think that your career goals are totally separate from your personal goals. However, they are inter-dependent. Your career relies on your well-being, impacts on your family and relationships, your health and happiness. Your happiness, relationships and health are affected by your career. If you’re not happy at work or doing a job you love then it will have an impact on your emotional and physical well-being, as well as affecting other areas of your personal life.
To be successful in one area you need to create success in the other.
Find your passion and your purpose
If your personal and professional lives are inter-dependent, then to be successful in them you will need to discover your passion and purpose. By discovering these you will create determination to succeed, enhance your creativity, spark inspiration and be able to harness the power of flow in your activities.
Ask yourself what you really want to do with your life. What do you want your legacy to be?
Don’t focus on the money
While many people consider amassing wealth to be a sign of success, that should not be your end goal or sole success indicator.
Instead focus on your emotions, lifestyle and well-being. What will your life look and feel like when you have successfully achieved your goals? How will your family and friends feel? Why not create a vision board with words, quotes and pictures showing your life as a success?
When thinking about your professional success consider how you will know you’ve succeeded. What will your position be? How will you be making an impact in your company and in the wider community? What will your working day look like? Think about work/life balance and the effect on your family and relationships with friends. How will your new role or business affect your life, health and happiness?
While success can mean different things to different people, one thing all definitions have in common is that success is measured by achieving goals that make you feel positive emotions, for example, happiness and achievement. You will find the greatest success comes when you use your passions to create your goals in life and work.
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