Success doesn’t just happen. It’s an intentional active process that starts with a definition and a commitment. A definition as to what success means (to you) and then a commitment to that success.
As you might imagine, success means vastly different things to different people, although they use the same words to describe it. Most people in my experience would define success by one of two things: Freedom to do what you want (regardless of the “lifestyle” you select) when you want, or achievement of your personal/professional goals. (*Assuming goals are an end in itself). I guess there may be a third reason, but it is probably the “why” behind the former two: To “be happy”.
The problem here is that these definitions very vague.
When someone first asked me to define success, I was also extremely vague. I believe this was because I perhaps never considered it, or if I did, I never considered that I would be able to achieve it. (Which of course is true if its not defined!) So here are some simple ways you can start defining success.
Oh, and one thing quickly – your definition of success will change as you grow and mature. Don’t worry.
Set yourself a goal.
In some area of your life, set a meaningful, measurable and challenging target. This might be to compete in a 10k run, or an ironman, or it could mean to hit the 50kg mark on the scale, or sell 500 widgets, or it could mean to do $500,000 in sales, or it could mean to acquire 80 properties.
Make it measurable.
Any target has to be measurable. If it can’t be measured, how can you know if you got there? Measurement is about understanding where you are at, if what you have been doing has been fruitful and how you can improve.
Do whatever it takes to reach your goal. If it means that you don’t go out socially for the next 12 months, do that. If it means no more tv series, do that. Do literally whatever it takes.
See the bigger picture
By articulating one goal and what it really looks like to have achieved it, now start thinking about the implications of this, in your life. As you do this, you are working your way backwards to your “why”, or your core belief.
You will most likely have more than one goal that will help build out the “successful” future you are looking for. Go through the process again.
By getting into the detail of what these goals are, and how they will impact your life, you start to build a bridge from today towards the future that you envisage. Success isn’t easy – even crafting a real picture isn’t easy… but it’s worth it! Give it a try.