How often do you ask yourself the question: how can I achieve success? If youâ€™re like me, then itâ€™s a safe bet you ask this a lot of the time, whether that be in money, career, business, relationships, skills or whatever.
So, here are 7 simple steps that you can use immediately to help you move forward in any area of your life.
STEP 1 â€” UNDERSTAND WHAT SUCCESS MEANS TO YOU
The first simple but vital step to solving the â€œhow can I achieve success?â€ challenge, is to actually understand what success means to you. Without a destination, you wonâ€™t know where to steer your rudder. And what happens if you donâ€™t steer your own life? Someone else will steer it for you and youâ€™ll feel like a plastic bag floating in the wind.
Different people have different definitions of success. For some, being the top dog in a company is success. For others, raising a family is success. Success can be to get a slimmer figure, go to the gym to get fitter, complete a PhD, find a better job, and so on.
What success means to me is freedom: The ability to do what I want, when I want & with whom I want, as long as itâ€™s legal & ethical!
STEP 2 â€” WRITE DOWN YOUR GOAL IDEAS
Always write down your goal ideas! Writing down a goal improves your chances of attaining it by 1000%.
Goals that are not written down are just wishes. Letâ€™s face it, just wishing for something is wishy-washy and wonâ€™t make it happen.
What bridges the world between your dreams and reality is action. What helps action? Having a written plan with action steps you can take. What do you need before you can write an action plan? Thatâ€™s right, I heard you â€” you need a goal!
So, write down a list of all the goals youâ€™d love to achieve and move to Step 3 below.
STEP 3 â€” PRIORITISE YOUR GOALS & SELECT YOUR TOP ONE
Look at your list of goal ideas. If youâ€™re like me and have many, then this seems to complicate the question of how can I achieve success?
What we need is focus. But how? Youâ€™ll love this simple little secret…
Imagine you had just 24 hours to achieve any one goal on your list, which would it be? Circle or highlight this goal. That goal is now your top goal and is usually the one that will have the most positive impact on your life.
Flip over your sheet of paper, rephrase this goal as a question & write it down, together with a timescale. Hereâ€™s an example:
Goal -> Increase monthly income by 50%, by 30 Aug 2012.
Rephrase it to a question -> How do I increase monthly income by 50%, by 30 Aug 2012?
Go to Step 4.
STEP 4 â€” WRITE DOWN 20 IDEAS FOR ACHIEVING YOUR GOAL
This is a very simple but powerful, proven method. A great addition to your toolkit for solving the challenge of how can I achieve success?
Below the goal that you rephrased into a question in Step 3, write down at least 20 ideas that you have for achieving it.
Youâ€™ll likely find the first 10 a doddle and the next 10 more difficult, but keep going until you have at least 20. Why? Because your better ideas usually come in the last 5 ideas once youâ€™ve skimmed off the surface ideas. In fact, itâ€™s often the 20th idea that is the best!
Once you have 20 ideas, go to Step 5.
STEP 5 â€” SELECT YOUR BEST IDEA & TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION
Review your list & pick the top, break-through idea. The best idea is often as simple as getting a book on the subject to expand your knowledge.
To give an example, there was a business owner who wanted a different lifestyle. What was his answer when he asked himself â€œhow can I achieve success?â€ He used the 20 idea method and the last idea he had was to get a book on selling the business. He went to a bookshop, found a book, and then followed the advice to package up his business ready for sale. He sold his business within a few months.
Now, sometimes youâ€™ll get an idea that really speaks to you. Other times itâ€™ll be an even keel. When youâ€™re uncertain, simply relax & pick one.
With your selected idea, take immediate action! This is crucial. Remember what I said about action bridging your dreams with reality? If you donâ€™t make the first step, youâ€™ll likely put it off and off, so would have wasted your time & effort with the process. 1 week of waiting for the â€œperfectâ€ moment can easily turn into 15 years.
Take the first action and course-correct as you go along.
STEP 6 â€” REPEAT STEPS 4 & 5 EVERY DAY UNTIL YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL.
STEP 7 â€” ONCE YOU ACHIEVE THE GOAL, REPEAT THE ENTIRE PROCESS.
Follow these success steps every day and make them part of your daily success habits. This will go a long way in helping you answer the question of how can I achieve success? Youâ€™ll be amazed at how much more success & happiness you will enjoy in your life!
About the Author
David Parker is the founder of Peak Success Resources (PeakSR.com), which specialises in providing personal success & development resources to help men & women answer the question: How Can I Achieve Success? And in doing so, help them create more happiness & success in their lives.
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