Is there anything important you want to successfully achieve in your life? Of course we all do but do you know what it takes to be successful? If you don’t know yet, here are ten steps or pointers that can help you achieve your success.
First, if you want to be successful in anything at all, you need to be crystal clear about what you really want to successfully achieve. It means having a clear goal. A goal is a target you want to reach. So before jumping into doing anything else start asking yourself what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve. Are you sure you want to achieve it? If you’re sure, let’s go to the next step.
The second step is to realize your own level of preparation to achieve your success. Do you have what it takes to achieve the success you want? Are you fully equipped with the skills and knowledge required to achieve the success you want to achieve? Identify your strength and weakness and think of the areas you need to improve that can prepare you to achieve your success.
Once you know what you need to improve, you begin the thirds step which is researching. Find out as much information and training that can give you the needed skills or knowledge to achieve your goal. Never fear or be shy to learn anything no matter how old you are. It is never too late to learn anything. Continues learning is a major key to success. So learn everything you can. The best way to achieve something is by looking at a success model used by others to achieve similar goals to yours.
Fourth, once you have gathered enough skills and information, work out a step by step personal action plan. List down all the things you need to do everyday that can push you forward reaching your success. You can’t draw up an action plan if you are not ready to implement it. Make sure you have done enough of research and write the personal action plan. What will you do to achieve your success?
Fifth, set a time frame by when you will achieve your success. It’s something like what people associate with their age. You probably have heard people saying, ‘By the age of so and so, I will be successful’. If you see a student studying to become a doctor, you know by when they will become a doctor. They need to study up to about 5 or 6 years after which they will be a doctor. Likewise, you need to set a clear time frame by when you want to achieve your success.
Sixth, implement your action plans. It means doing what you have planned to do. Many people plan to do something or so many things in their life but never really do anything. The plan remains a plan without implementation. If you never begin, you will never reach your destination. So take the actions. In other word, you need to take the self responsibility to achieve your success. No one can do it for you. The courage to implement any action plan comes as a result of self confidence gained out of enough of knowledge and skills. You won’t fear to do something if you know you are prepared. That’s why initially I asked you to prepare yourself with the knowledge and skills first.
Seventh, you need to have enough of self discipline. If you don’t discipline yourself to be responsible you cannot achieve your success. All successful people are highly self-disciplined. They have full control of themselves. They are the master of their mind. They constantly direct their thoughts towards positive direction. They are people who do what they have agreed to do. If you have agreed to do what you have laid out on your action plan, will you do it? Do you have accountability? Self discipline means you or anyone else for that matter, can count on you. Can you count on yourself?
Eighth, once you have implemented your actions, take a look at the outcome of those actions. Are they producing the desired or expected results or are they lacking of it? If it doesn’t, it means you need to reevaluate your action plans. There must be something you are doing wrong which is making you to have the undesired outcome. Check back on what you are doing now and see if you can change it to better. Remember this; we are living in a dynamic world which is constantly changing. Always be ready to change and adopt new approaches wherever appropriate to assist you achieving your success.
Ninth, never ever give up easily. The reason many people fail or never achieve their success is because they give up on their goal. Whatever we set to do or achieve in life, we are bound to face hurdles or challenges. They are there to become successful but many people do not have the wisdom to see it this way. They give up because of the suffering or pain these hurdles bring to them. Look at any arising problems as a teacher providing you with an opportunity to learn something that you don’t know. Once you have learned to handle or solve them, the will bring you a step closer towards your success. So don’t give up. This is what persistence is all about.
Tenth, give back something to life for everything that you have gained. Although I have placed this as the last point, this is actually the most important factor to keep in mind always if you ever want to be continuously successful. Do some charity. Why? You can only fill a cup as much as it contain. If you fill more than it can hold, it will spillover and become a waste. Likewise, we can only become successful as much as we can in life. Share and give back to the life around you graciously.
Don’t be greedy with your wealth and knowledge. What if you empty the cup? You can fill it again right? So if you give out, the more you can fill back into yourself (In this case, success). I don’t know if I am explaining this clearly, but the world is functioning in the form of giving and taking. There more you give, the more you are going to get back. Of course, we don’t give just because we want something back, but we give for what life has given to us. If you want to achieve out of life, you really need to give out something first for how can you ask for something in return, if you have never given something in the first place? There have to be a balance.
There, some pointers to help you achieve your success. Hope they are somewhat of help to you.