One is not born to be Successful. There are patterns and specific strategy’s behind the success of Masters in any field. Here are Six Pieces of wisdom to help you Achieve Success in your life.
Step 1) Identify Your Dream Life
Why did you decide to pursue this path? The choice should be beyond money and acceptance.
You need to create a purpose for embarking on this journey. One that is beyond self-serving.
We are all unique; our exact genetic makeup has never happened before and will never be repeated. Our genes, environment, and upbringing have created someone who has individual preferences and inclinations for specific tasks.
A path aligned with our natural inclinations, supported by a compelling purpose, pushes us past self-doubt and inevitable setbacks.
“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”-Socrates
Step 2) Believe in Yourself
Scientists have proven our thoughts determine our state of mind and profoundly influence the health and functionality of our brain.
When the mind is in disbelief it attracts doubt and inaction. If you do not believe that you can achieve success, or you are striving for an idea of success that is not your own what will move you forward?
Beginning will be difficult, self-doubt is inevitable, rejection is a rite of passage, it is imperative that we maintain belief. Belief generates the energy and ability to pursue goals. Once you believe you can, the how to follows.
“A mind does not struggle for that it regards as impossible or undesirable.”-Nathaniel Branden
3) Acquire a Growth Mindset
Fixed Mindsets-believe abilities like intelligence and athletic ability are innate. That either you have it or you don’t.
Growth Mindsets- believe abilities are gained through dedication and hardwork, that natural talents are starting points for a more difficult and important journey ahead.
Where do your skills stand today. Be aware that no great achievements come easy, overnight success stories are fictions, that leave out past failures and countless hours of work. When you face your inevitable setbacks, learn from them, don’t get defeated, don’t assume where you are now is where you will be.
“In our culture we tend to equate thinking and intellectual powers with success and achievement. In many ways, however, it is an emotional quality that separates those who master a field from the many who simply work at a job. Our levels of desire, patience, persistence, and confidence end up playing much larger roles in success than sheer reasoning powers.”—Robert Greene
4) Design Systems
A system is developing a practice that builds skills, while allowing the spontaneity of life to guide you. With a system, you are always scanning for opportunity. This should not limit your vision, instead it opens up a wide variety of options.
Creator of the Dilbert Comic strip, Scott Adams talks about his blog being a system. He decided to start writing a blog, a large investment of time, which had minimal impact on his income. He did not have a goal when he began his blog. All he knew, was that he wanted to write again. He didn’t know what he was going to write, or who he was writing for, but he did know if he had any chance of writing professionally he needed to be available to the public eye and to sharpen his writing chops.
He used his blog as a Research and Development Phase, writing posts on a variety of topics, in different styles, and voices, and using feedback from the audience as a guide to what works and what doesn’t. The Wall street Journal eventually took notice of his blog, and this led to writing for them. Thank to his blog, he knew what his audience enjoyed, and which of his writing styles got the best feedback. Subsequently, his articles for the Wall Street Journal were a success, this attracted book publishers to his blog, followed by bestselling books and lucrative speaking gigs.
“Creativity consists in going out to find the thing that society hasn’t found yet.”—Joseph Campbell
5) Set Goals
Focus on achieving small wins, before big goals.
Remember what gets measured gets managed.
As your small wins become habitual, increase their difficulty, but make sure you achieve them consistently. This will build successful habits that pay compound interest in your productivity and achievement.
Create a vision that excites you, envision it, does it bring you energy? If not, your not dreaming big enough. This vision should get you out bed early, keep you up late at night, its an insatiable itch to live your dreams.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking down your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”-Mark Twain
6) Develop Confidence in Your Work
Knowing today we are worthy of happiness, success, and the ability to create is the essence of Confidence. When you take responsibilities for your achievements and stop blaming genetics, your parents, lack of talent, lack of time, or any other reason you have created, than you will be ready to take personal responsibility for your success.
This means developing a confidence in yourself. True Confidence does not come before results, it is a reassurance based on results.
“When you hear something, you will forget it.When you see something, you will remember it.But not until you do something, will you understand it”- Old Chinese Proverb