Success doesn’t happen by accident. It doesn’t happen overnight either. It requires conditions, strengths and action to get it. If you wish to achieve success in life, you must work hard and take proven steps to reach it. Keep in mind these 7 crucial steps to move you towards success:
1. Set a Goal
What do you want in life? When deciding what you want, make it specific and meaningful rather than generalized. Write it down clearly and in detail. A goal left unwritten is not a goal at all. It is merely a wish and has no effort behind it. Make a list of everything you can think of that you need to do to achieve your goal.
Set a deadline if possible. If the goal is big enough, set sub-deadlines. Setting deadlines strongly motivates you to reach your goal.
2. Commit to Your Goal
Take full responsibility of your decisions. Many people know what they really want to do in life but have difficulties pursuing it because they get too attached to comfort. However, if you want to actualise your dreams, you must get to a point in life where commitment supersedes comfort.
When fear arises or failure comes your way, remain committed and remind yourself that it is not the end of your journey, it is just a bump on the road.
3. Make Adjustments
Adjust your sails. When the going gets tough, don’t give up. The difficulties you face mean that you need to adjust your approach. Stop and think for a better plan. When the bulb lights up on top of your head, apply your new idea and get back to working towards your goal.
As what Confucius said, “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”
4. Be Consistent
Consistency plays an important role in our daily actions. A big part of success is putting in the time each and every day. It is about keeping up with the daily grind. You can gain a lot from being consistent that you can’t get any other way.
Inconsistency will block your progress and can lead to frustration or quitting. Quitting is a really expensive lesson to learn in such a way you pay for the lesson with time you lost, the energy you invested, and sometimes a severe blow to your ego.
5. Believe in Yourself
When you try to get more out of life, there will be people who will actually laugh and discourage you. If you listen to them, you’ll end up forgetting about chasing your dreams. Stay away from them. This is common for all people who are working hard to create positive change in the world.
When you believe that you can achieve something, it somehow seems easier to do it. If you want people to believe in you, you have to believe in yourself first.
6. Be at Your Best
Take pride in who you are and in what you do. Be the best version of yourself. Align yourself with values. When you are at your best, you’re more likely to get great things in return. You don’t have to compare yourself with everyone else and engage in a futile struggle to be better than them. Everything is about you, not everyone else.
Instead of asking, “Who is better?” ask yourself, “Did I give my best shot? Can I do better?”
7. Appreciate Good Things
People get so wrapped up in many things that they often take good things in life for granted. Appreciation is about seeing the beauty around you and the significance and value of things, no matter how big or small they may be. If you appreciate good things around you, your life becomes more satisfying – a life that is richer, deeper and more meaningful.
Achieving success isn’t always clean and easy, but those who achieved success (defined on your terms) usually go through this process. So if you don’t know where to start or have been struggling down the road, try to follow these steps and you will find yourself moving forward.
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