At the heart of all managers is a desire to be successful. However, success means different things to different people. To one manager, success may be a six-figure salary. To another, money has very little meaning, and success involves gaining the respect of colleagues and recognition as an active leader. To someone else, success is achieving the ever-elusive work-life balance.
In fact, to the same person, success may mean different things at different times. Throughout your life and career, your definition of success can and will change. This is because we continue to evolve as we reach our goals and move on to the next chapters in our lives.
Therefore, success is very personal. However, despite the many definitions of success, there are ingredients for the recipe for success that are universal and apply to everyone. Here are three steps to help you achieve personal success:
1. Develop Self Mastery
Know who you want to be, and be that person. To be successful, you must feel satisfied and happy. To achieve happiness, you must fully understand who you are by attaining self-mastery.
Self-mastery means taking full accountability and ownership of your life. It involves having a clear vision of your future self, allowing you to steer yourself in the right direction. Talk to yourself. Challenge the inner voice that fills you with self-doubt. Be present. Observe your life as it unfolds. Determine your needs versus wants.
2. Evaluate Your Past Mistakes. Do Not Wallow.
How do you become the person you want to be? Start by evaluating the mistakes you’ve made that may have taken you off-course or altered your original plan. The key is not to wallow on those errors in judgment but take away the valuable lessons you’ve learned from them.
Most importantly, forgive yourself. Make peace with your past. Forgive others. You cannot move forward if you remain fixated on past hurts. Your journey is about taking steps forward; it’s not about continually taking steps back to punish yourself for the past.
3. Focus on Your Journey and Enjoy the Ride
Never waiver. Don’t allow yourself to get distracted or discouraged. Sometimes when things don’t go as planned, we go off course. And if you’re not careful, you may find yourself struggling to get back on track. Stop comparing yourself with others. As each person’s definition of personal success is different, it also means that everyone’s journey is different too.
When you have clarity of what you what to achieve and accept the responsibility that you control its outcome, all that’s left is to enjoy the journey. Your outlook is crucial to your success. There’s no room for self-limiting beliefs and toxic relationships. Convince yourself that you deserve personal success and surround yourself with people who support you.
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