Success is defined differently by every person. For some, it means a promotion, gaining material possessions, creating additional income, realizing internal growth or helping and serving others. However we define success, it’s personal and just right for us. Others cannot define it for us or tell us what our success should be. Each of us comes up to the table to feast on success in terms that we desire and a definition that we super impose on it.
We don’t just wake up one day and proof we’re successful. We can’t rub elbows with the rich and famous and automatically claim to be a self made success story. It’s our journey and effort that puts us dead center into our self made success definition where others see our effort, sacrifice, gains and losses. Others respect and support our “why” for keeping the light burning to reach our dreams.
There are secrets to success and they come in four (4) strategic steps.
Success Strategy #1. Define what success means to you.
What does it mean to you? If you can’t define it, you can’t measure it and you don’t know when you have reached milestones to get there. For example, success means to me “Helping businesses make money and people become successful.” Short, simple and a continual reach. I will never “arrive” at success but get a continual conformation that I have reach this eight (8) word sentence. Define it in simple terms, easy, quick and make it fun!
Success Strategy #2. Develop A Flexible Plan of Action
If we proclaim,”Ok, I’ve defined what success means to me. Now, come and get me.”, we’ll probably be standing the same spot a year from now without making any movement towards our goal. Some people seem to think that sitting, waiting, quietly with hands folded in their lap will bring success to them. In some cases, it might but for most of us it requires action, a little bit of planning, alot of patience and a huge amount of flexibility.
Put a five (5) to ten (10) year plan together on how you THINK you might get there with resources and action steps. THINK is in BIG letters because it most likely WON’T happen according to our plan. Our plan is a guide that will have twist, turns, road blocks, successes, failures and frustration. Knowing that leads us to Success Strategy #3.
Success Strategy #3. Learn To Be Patient. Your Going To Need It
Once you make the proclamation that your on the road to success, the Universe will test you to see if you have what it takes to reach the success you desire. You will plant many seeds where most won’t sprout. When just a few do, you will reap a fresh harvest of internal growth, legacy to others and success they way you defined it. It probably won’t come close to the plan you developed but it will come in the right measures, the right people and the right opportunities.
For example, I started off in Information Technology and ended up writing a book, coaching people to improvement and success, owning my own business(s), becoming an international speaker and corporate trainer. A far cry from what I wrote down on paper many years ago. The journey was interesting and frustrating and it still continues to energize me.
Success Strategy #4. Don’t Leave Dead Body’s In Your Path.
We can become extremely focused on obtaining success that we leave behind our family, friends, co-workers, and even the family dog or cat. They lie there all beat up by our harsh words, negative attitude, actions or inaction with no consideration that they are an important part of the process and most likely come first. If we have patience and enjoy the journey, our relaxed demeanor actually draws success to us rather than push it away. Emulate someone you want your family and friends to be proud of. Someone who gains the respect and trust of others and are happy for your milestones of success. Someone that others will want to help and be drawn to rather than run away from.
Like we’ve heard before … Success is a journey. Enjoy the process, the pain and exhilaration of the action to reach your goals and dreams. It’s in the process that we grow, learn and impact others to learn and serve. Continue to be patient and practice a positive attitude.