If you do a Google search for the definition of success, you will find a lot of different definitions. Some of them are based on achievements and how people feel about them. Others are based on popularity or material acquisitions. Some such as having the respect of intelligent people, not being frustrated, being happy, finishing a project, not having stress, are some of the definitions that grab my attention. Others say that it is a mixture of elements and others that is the balance between them.
Let’s see why we should not generalize the definition of success and what steps you can take to define your personal success.
To achieve success, it is critical to understand that just the pure desire to reach a goal is not enough; we must have the right attitude and take action. By being focused, we’ll make sure that we’ll keep a logical order in what we do and follow a plan to avoid getting distracted from our goals. Further, this will help us make good use of our resources and evaluate progress towards our goals.
Let’s see why at the present time it is difficult to stay focused and the 3 important aspects that we must take into account if we want to stay focused.
Being able to end the day with a sense of success can be a real challenge. We would love to be able to end the day with a great sense of accomplishment for having worked towards our goals, but unfortunately, the end of the day can be discouraging. Distractions, interruptions, tiredness, and fatigue take a great portion of our days and we don’t get to complete what we want or should do.
Let’s find out why it is so important to focus on today and how we can reach success every day.
Not a long time ago I was visiting Wynwood, a historic neighborhood, north of downtown Miami. You can find amazing works of art in this place. Almost all these works of art created over the walls are made by street painters from different parts of the world. What I find interesting is that each one of these paintings has a short life span. They are erased only to be replaced by another new creation. These works of art remind me of a day in our lives.
Let’s observe how success should be built on a daily basis and which habits will allow us to achieve it.
There is usually a list of goals that people want to achieve at a personal and professional level. Some of these goals, each and every year, are part of the year-end list. Unfortunately, some do not reach the second month and by the middle of the year, others have been completely forgotten. The statistics are not very encouraging. Studies on this area have concluded that 92% of people do not reach their goals.
Let’s observe the elements that are intentionally used by the people who reach their goals.
Perhaps you have bought a product through the internet which turned out to be poor or average quality and you had to spend extra time and money returning it. It’s almost certain that if this happened to you, you wouldn’t buy this product again or recommend it to someone else.
If we mention what is “average” the list is long. For example services, companies, projects, relationships, and all the things that are not done with excellence. If people have the ability to achieve a high level of excellence, why do many fail?
Look around and ask yourself: What you have, what you do, what you are until today, is the product of your thoughts? The answer to this question is probably different for each of us. According to British writer James Allen, pioneer of the self-help movement, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. I think this statement is not far from reality.
However, in my experience, having a positive mindset or as we usually say, good thinking, has a great influence on everything we do and achieve. How are you using your positive thinking?
People who have the ability to defend their own rights in a calm, positive way, without being aggressive, at the right time, are assertive people. These types of people can say no without regrets, without upsetting others, or without disappointing themselves.
I invite you to look at the importance of knowing how to say no, how to do it assertively, and how this skill has a direct relationship with your ability to be productive.
We don’t need to look far to see that most of the people around us are busy and overwhelmed by a lack of energy. Between work and personal demands, nowadays long hours of work are invested causing a big amount of physical, emotional and/or mental fatigue, among others.
Let’s examine why avoiding the epidemic of being busy, managing our energy, and increasing our productivity is so important in our day-to-day lives.
New beginnings are always an opportunity or a challenge; yet, if we do not intend to make any changes throughout this time, everything will remain the same. Unfortunately, when we talk about changes we find a great ally or stumbling block: habits.
I invite you to examine how habits can help you or stop you when it comes to new beginnings and how you can achieve starting a new habit.