Everyone has their own goals in life and their own personal definition of success. As we go through life aging and maturing it becomes more important to define these things for ourselves in order to reach our life goals. So, what does it mean to be successful? In general, success can be defined as “the accomplishment of a set goal,” which is pretty subjective right? This means success can look different for everyone. This also means that there is no set formula to becoming successful, but there are some general steps that can be taken to help you achieve your goals.
Inspiration and Motivation
To start reaching your goals it is important to define what drives you. What are your main motivators in life? Is it money, family, friends, or praise in the workplace? Visualize what you want for yourself and figure out the steps that need to be taken to get there. In today’s world of social media and the want for instant gratification and wealth it’s easy to get sucked into someone else’s perception of success, and want to replicate that for ourselves. Of course, what we see on social media is usually a buffed-out fragment of someone’s life, but sometimes it’s hard not to get sucked into the glitz, even though we are aware that it’s not the entire story. On the other hand, seeing inspiring images and lifestyles can be motivating. So use it as a tool rather than a deterrent. Find role models that fit your image rather than trying to fit someone else’s mold. Once you’ve determined what you’re looking for, it’s time to set some goals.
Set Clear Goals (Short Term vs. Long Term)
Having a clear vision for yourself is crucial when it comes to accomplishing your goals. So, after you’ve established your main motivators now it’s time to create a plan of execution. A good way to do this is by writing down your goals on paper or documenting them somewhere where you can visually see them. Don’t only document your goals, but categorize them into short-term and long-term goals. By doing this you will be able to see which goals are quicker to attain and which ones will take more time and effort to accomplish. This will help you by serving as a visual timeline. Of course, just because we have our goals organized and have a loose plan of how to accomplish them doesn’t mean that everything is going to work out perfectly according to plan. So it’s important to know what to do when we hit a setback.
Never Accept Defeat!
Remember a setback does not mean failure. In life, you’ll come across many struggles. A lot of them may feel relentless and will take over your focus, making you want to give up. In the midst of a struggle, it often feels like giving up would be easier than persisting. In fact, it would be easier, it would take a lot less effort. But where does that get you? Giving up means you’re stuck in the same place that you were before or sometimes in an even worse position. Hopefully, after reading this article, you are filled with a burst of motivation and determination to cross off some of the goals on your list, but the reality is that motivation doesn’t last forever. If that were the case we would accomplish all of our goals in one go. So what do we do when there’s no motivation left? Remember, where motivation fails, persistence prevails. With all of this being said though, it’s perfectly okay to take a pause and recalibrate every now and then, but don’t forget to get back on the horse!
The most important thing to remember is that success does not happen overnight and it looks
different for everyone. Remember to take your time and be nice to yourself when plans fall
through the cracks, because it will happen more often than not. Our answer will determine our mindset and our mindset will determine whether we will accomplish our goals or not.