Success can be defined as the achievement of specific outcomes or goals that an individual or organization sets for themselves. It involves knowing what you want to achieve rather than focusing on what you don't want, wish you had, hope to have, or see others having. To ensure a greater commitment from our minds, it is important to be as precise as possible when defining the desired outcome. The more specific the outcome, the better our ability to work towards it effectively. Vague goals tend to lack clarity and may result in less commitment and focus.
From a coaching perspective, success is not just about achieving specific goals however, but also about personal growth and fulfillment. It involves helping individuals tap into their potential, overcome obstacles, and create a meaningful and purposeful life. Ultimately, success is about empowering individuals to create a life that aligns with their values, passions, and aspirations.
What does success mean to you?
Five steps towards success:
1. Know what you want to achieve:
It is important to have a clear and specific outcome in mind. The more precise your goal, the more committed your mind becomes. This is where the reticular activating system (RAS) comes into play, as it helps our brain focus on and identify what we want to achieve. It is also important to have a system to identify how you will know once you have achieved your goal. Take a moment to consider what you hope to feel and what you imagine would be different in your life when you achieve your goal.
2. Take action:
Thinking alone cannot replace taking action. It is necessary to move in the direction of our dreams and actively work towards our goals. Simply wishing for something without taking action will not lead to results. We must be willing to step out of our comfort zone and let others know about our aspirations. What are could be an example of some big steps and what are some some sub-steps that will bring you closer to your goal?
3. Sensory acuity - A reality check:
We need to be aware of the feedback we receive from our actions. Tuning into what is actually happening, rather than what we wish or prefer to happen, allows us to adapt and make necessary changes to our plans and our actions. This helps us stay on track and make progress towards our desired outcomes rather than wishing things were different. How are your steps measuring up? Are they bringing you closer to the desired outcome or does it feel that you are caught in the details of one part, or limiting your success by not launching the website, or committing to the gym membership? Take a moment to check in with your goals and your commitment to take action.
4. Growth Mindset:
Being adaptable is crucial for success. We need to be open to learning, growth, and changing our approach when needed. Having a growth mindset, as opposed to a fixed mindset, enables us to be more open to success and willing to make progress. This is when we need to refer back to our goal and our intention to keep us on track rather than get stuck in where we are at on the journey. It is important to pace ourselves, to check in and to remember what it is all for. How does it feel taking action? If it feels like a struggle can you take a moment to consider how or what might need to be different so you can re-align with your goal? Consider what needs to happen for you to enjoy the journey.
5. Operate from a physiology and psychology of excellence:
Our physiology, including our posture, breathing, and overall state of relaxation or tension, plays a role in our success. We should carry ourselves in a way that aligns with the results we want to achieve. Additionally, modeling excellence from those who have succeeded in our desired field can improve our psychology. This involves having a growth mindset, being open to learning, and applying what we learn immediately. Who do you respect and admire, how can you mirror them as you keep stepping towards your goal?
By following these five principles, we can enhance our chances of achieving success in various aspects of life. It is important to set small and large goals in life, remembering that to climb a ladder is one rung at a time. It is also important to not shift your goal as you get closer. Most importantly it is important to know when you arrive and to decide in advance how to celebrate your achievement rather than rushing into the next goal.
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