Success, we all want it but invariably struggle to get it and even if we do, some are unaware when they’ve achieved it. In today’s post I’d like to explore what success looks like and some of the guiding principles that will help us achieve it.
Success, what does it look like?
The parameters for success will be different for all of us. Whether it’s being financially stable or becoming a thought leader within your profession, having an idea of what your goals are is important. Picturing your future helps you to fulfill your dreams. Without an image of what you are striving for, how will you know once you’ve got there? Think about it now, what does success look like to you?
There’s no denying it, to be successfull you’re going to need to put the hard graft in. Whatever line of work you’re in, whatever skills you have, putting in the hard work will be vital if you want to be successfull. Talk to any successful businessman or woman and you’ll find that they have had to work extremely hard, often sacrificing free time or leisure activities to achieve their goals. Ask yourself now whether you are truly working as hard as you can to achieve your goals. If the answer is no then you need to think about whether you truly want to be successfull or whether fear of failure is stopping you from committing to a successfull future.
Fear of failure brings us nicely on to our next guiding principle of success, belief. The Oxford Dictionary defines belief as “an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof” and moreover as “trust, faith, or confidence in (someone or something).” It is this confidence that is so important. If you are not confident in your own abilities and skills, why should an employer or customer believe in you or your product? If you don’t feel confident in your abilities, but still want to pursue your dreams, then now is the time to do something about it. Complete some training, study, research or practice to improve your skills and abilities. They say that being a genius (exceptionally proficient in something) takes 10,000 hours of practice, so ig you want the belief, now is the time to put in the effort.
Just as the old saying goes “behind every great man there’s a great woman,” so too behind every successful person or team there is a great support network. Whilst its easy to think I can do this on my own and it’s only me who can make this happen, it’s easier if you have help. Surrond yourself with people who can add to your skill set and those who who can inspire you and drive you towards success. In those times when you feel low or uncertain, your support network can pick you up and get you moving again. Have you got a good support network behind you?
Opportunities come and go, often with incredible speed so you have to be in the right mind set to take a good opportunity when it presents itself. In the ‘careers game’ we call this happenstance. To break it down into its simplest form this means being in the right mindset (belief) to make the best use of an opportunity. As well as belief you will need to put in the requisite hard work and have a good support network to help you on your way to success.
Are you ready for success? Do you know what you want to achieve?
Have you fallen into lazy habits or are you putting in all the hard work and not getting anywhere?
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