Everyone wants to be successful. Yes, I said it. I don’t know of many people who can say that their goal is not to be successful. Being successful doesn’t mean that everything is about how much money you make.
Being successful means that you have reached a big goal of yours. Maybe success is obtaining your dream position at your favorite company.
Maybe it’s starting your own business. Maybe it’s have a family or buying your own home. It can mean anything, and you are the person to determine what success means to you.
How can you become successful?
Determine your goal.
What is your goal? In order for you to consider yourself successful, I’m going to assume that you have some sort of goal and you then (of course) reached it.
Your goal can be anything. You determine that. What do you consider success to be?
Figure out how you can reach your goal.
Your goal may mean that you will have to work 70 hour weeks and raise a family. You might have to work two jobs. Whatever your goal is, you will most likely have to work hard. I don’t think many successful people will ever say that they didn’t have to work hard in order to be a success.
Make mini goals.
If you are like me, then you may need mini goals. These can help keep you motivated. For example, if you are trying to be student loan debt free within 5 years, you might set mini goals for each year until you reach your ultimate goal.
Don’t be afraid to fail.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
When trying to reach a goal, you may fail. Most people don’t become a success with absolutely no bumps along their journey.
Your plan may not go exactly as you plan. Suck it up and find a way around it.
Find a role model.
I think finding a role model is very important. You can find someone who has done what you are trying to do and hopefully learn from their mistakes.
Believe in yourself.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Being positive about yourself and what you can achieve is very important. If you don’t believe in yourself, then it’s very hard for anything to actually happen.
What are you doing to be successful? What is success to you?
This post was originally published in December of 2013 but it’s one that I think everyone needs to read every now and then. I hope you enjoyed it!