Everyone should have his or her definition of success. You should not be using the dictionary definition. Success could be a favorable outcome, a result, prosperity, or even a feeling. You can have micro-successes, and you can have an epic win, like a blockbuster, sellout, top ten or record breaker. The formula is not a secret like many think.
“Success is neither magical or mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” – Jim Rohn
Others had come before and cleared the path, even marking it for you. We’ve even been given tools like maps and a GPS to help you get to where you are going. However, all you need are the fundamentals and prudence.
Define Your Success
To begin your destination, you must define success. Describe your ideal life; family, health, finances, careers. How would you live your life? What would you do if nothing was impeding your way?
Success Is Clearly Marked
The second waypoint in Jim’s quote is that “Success is neither magical or mysterious.” You just have to look at the top 5 people in your industry and model their behavior. Just do what other successful people do. Learn from the experts and the best. Read books, listen to audio programs, attend workshops and seminars, get a mentor or even a coach.
Success Is About Consistency And Your Strengths
Along your quest, you must remain consistent and apply the fundamentals. To be consistent requires persistence daily. This requires character and the ability to tap into your strengths like optimism, zest, and grit. You have to do what needs to be done now and look forward to positive outcomes. You have to find your passion and spunk. You have to resolve to push forward in the face of adversity.
Back To The Basics
Finally, apply the fundamentals. Plato said, “The first and best victory is to conquer self.” It is that simple, develop you. You are your greatest investment. Be the best you can be and fulfill your potential. Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard. Develop your values. Emulate those you admire. Do the right thing always. Finally, begin with the end in mind and focus on it, every day.
Examples of tools you might need on your journey:
- Map – Religious or Spiritual Text
- Compass – Your Values
- Tour Guide or Travel Agent – Coach
- Jumper Cables – Accountability buddy
- Itinerary – Individual Action Plan or Individual Development Plan
- Odometer – Measure your progress
What other tools do you think you need on your journey to success?