Everyone sooner or later wants to become a success story in one form or another. But your attitude determines your altitude to success. Some just stay all through, painting and day-dreaming about success, some get up to do just anything to achieve it, while some map out goals and work toward achieving success. What’s your attitude towards success?
Success is usually assumed to be large acquisition of wealth, or attaining a high position or a maximum level of fame, but true success isn’t all about money. Instead success is defined as an achievement of your desire. So, the most successful people are the ones who finally achieve the things they desire most.
Many people wonder how success happens and how successful people attained their heights. But the good news is that there is no shortcut/hidden secret you need to know in order to achieve success; it only requires you to be more logical and practical.
Below are my 8 logical and practical steps to achieve success.
1. Have Sincere Passion For Your Work
Passion – An intense desire or enthusiasm for something – Oxford dictionaries.
First of all, a passionate belief and desire for your work gets you a long way in achieving success. If you don’t have sincere passion, you can never have the personal drive to do great works.
Being a successful person at work requires great drive, enthusiasm, with strong focus. With passion, your work (hard task) cease to feel like work; it becomes “a happy do act”.
Love your work and you will be motivated to continually hone your skills and strive harder towards success. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way truly to be satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great works is to love what you do” – Steve Jobs.
2. Make Straight And Clear Goals
Give a man a gun and tell him to shoot, his first response will be “at what”.
Decide what exactly you want to achieve. “A goal properly set, is half way reached” – Zig Ziglar.
Often times, the hardest stage when on the aim to be successful is creating your goals. The question is, what do you really want? And how do you want it to look like?
In taking this step you have a lot of choices you need to make to get to where you really want to be. You can’t have it all just at once; to live an accomplished and settled life you have to make the right choices.
Research shows that setting a specific goal makes you likely to achieve it, also makes you feel happy in general; without a clear goal, you are going to struggle all along working and making, only to return to the same spot. The more specific you make your goals to be, the more motivated you become. And the more motivated you are, the better your chances of achieving success.
Find goals that promote a balance in your life, a goal that makes you happy, goals that benefit your loved ones and others that depend on you. While setting your goals, you go very wide. But my next step will probably help you out.
3. Set Your Priority
After you had set your goals and you have made clear your idea of how you want to become successful, setting your priority comes next.
“The principle of priority states (a) You must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important (b) Do what is important first” – Steven Pressfield.
If you want to achieve all those your set goals at once, you deceive yourself, and you might end up being unable to achieve even just a single one. All you need do is to prioritize; split your goals into two;
Short term goals and Long term goals.
Chase speedily your short term goals, and try as much as possible to achieve them, they motivate you to go after the long term goals.
4. Have A Daily Ritual And Make Effective Use Of Every Tick
“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine” – Mike Murdock. Waiting for the perfect time is fallacy; because the perfect time never exist. All you need to do now is to create a daily routine that you will faithfully abide with; this could also involve you picking up new hobbies/habits.
Recently, I tried adjusting my own routine in the hopes of getting more done, and wasting less time. (Considering the fact that personally, my day is being shaped by how and what I begin my morning with), I find it difficult recently to get off my bed at my normal wake up time (5am), so drastic action was called for. I then tried getting up for an exercise by 4:30 one teusday morning and I was baffled how pleasant my day went; I was agile at farm works, I also did even more of writing than never before on paper. I immediately reschedule my routine and since then, 4:59am never met me on my bed. While it is important to know how your own brain works and what routine will suit your body, I shared mine just for better understanding.
Making very effective use of every tick is also very important. “Track your time and actions. If you can’t track something, its non-imaginable” – Dr Joe; track the hours, minutes and seconds you spend on every task, this gives you a data to review, during the end of day’s review and keeps you on the track to success.
5. Get Yourself Clinged To The Company Of Successful/Success oriented People
“You are the sum of the closest five people you spend your time with” – Jim Ron. Directly meaning, if you stay Clinged to the company of failures, you are failure + failure + failure + failure + failure = ( ).
Associate yourself with both successful people and success oriented people (people who on the track to success); especially people who had achieved in your field, learn positive virtues from them.
Note that while in the company of successful people in your field, it may require you to periodically praise and be grateful to them, especially when they impact you in one way or the other; personally, I periodically express gratitude to my teacher, and make him know how proud I am to be one of his products. (Though I took that lesson from my grandpa, my 100+ old man still calls my mum and her siblings every Sunday just thank them for their care towards him.)
6. Do Not Give Up
Sure, life will throw at you curved balls, don’t keep expecting straight balls; life isn’t supposed to be entirely pleasant; it will never be for anyone.
You will surely find yourself pushing against resistance; moreover, giving up is literally the most illegal thing a person could ever do. Challenges have the ability to make you feel hopeless and trapped. But the truth is you aren’t trapped, there is a solution.
All you need to do is to figure out what is necessary in other to get off that stock. Press on, don’t stop, until you get achieve your set goal. “Success is the small efforts repeated day in and day out” – Robert Collier.
7. Embrace Then Learn From Your Failure
One of the hardest things to say and remember is “I failed”; but whenever you admit that you had failed, you are already a step up.
If you don’t allow your failure to define you, it soon serves you great inspirations and becomes a genuine source of motivation to achieve success.
A well experienced software engineer in the middle of 2009, was highly rejected, no one wanted to hire him. Despite a dozen years of experience with yahoo and apple computer, he got turned down by two of internet top companies; twitter then Facebook. When he couldn’t find any other company to hire him, he teamed up with another yahoo alum, Jan Koum and built an application that has not only dominated cloud-based messaging, but is also used all over the world.
Yes, this is no one else but; Brian Acton, who developed whatsapp.
Don’t be defined by your failure; look into it, learn from it, now, create a new plan.
8. Live A Healthy Life
The truth is if you carefully follow steps #1 to #7, then you are closer to achieving success. But success is easy to be achieved than maintained. (Just relating it to secondary school days when someone who comes first this session can find himself in the position of the last in the next session)
One of the sure-fire way to maintain success is by living an healthy life; it is as simple as taking balanced/healthy meals, sleep early, take periodical break during work, have time to exercise, relax your brain and muscles when stressed and lots more. When you stay healthy, you are motivated to continue the strive and achieve greater success.
Author: Daniel Moayanda
Dan. is a young strategist, motivational writer and public speaker. He provides entrepreneurs with success strategies and backs it up with the right motivation needed to explore. He also writes about finding a way out of everything in general!