Ambition. Who doesn’t want to be successful in Life? But how we go about achieving it makes all the difference. Its not always easy to achieve the exact level of success we’d like, but other levels of success can be achieved to help you along the way to achieving your goals. Here are a few tips to get you going in the right direction!
Define What Success Means to You
This is crucial but most people tend to skip this step and proceed without truly knowing what success means to them and how they will measure it.
Being physically fit and having a fast pace means success for an athlete but their goal is always to win – this defines success. Being able to move one’s body in sync and perform graceful moves means success to a dancer, but their goal may be to run their own dance studio.
Defining success isn’t necessarily fixed. You are allowed to move the posts along the way as you learn more or adapt to circumstances. The point however is that you’ll never know you’ve arrived on a journey until you at least put down a marker about the direction you want to move.
Decide How You Can Get There:
A bit of insight or perhaps listening to trusted others may tell us what is standing in our way and stopping us from being successful. It could be bad habits, procrastination, unawareness or plain ignorance.
Invariably its you who’s standing in your own way. Take out a piece of paper and jot down things that you feel might be stopping you. Next, decide what things you can change to get started. You don’t have to be perfect from the very next day, but remember, its better to take one step at a time than no step at all.
Set Realistic Goals
Now, it may feel overwhelming to change yourself entirely at one go, but thats not how we are going to proceed here. So, what do we do? We set goals.
Make your goals realistic and specific. Realistic because you should feel within yourself that its achievable with a little hard work and specific so you know what ‘exactly’ are you aiming for. So, instead of setting a goal of losing 255 pounds, we set a goal of losing 2-3 pounds per week. That way we go slow, but we achieve all our goals along the way.
And don’t forget to write it down. Jot it down and put it somewhere s you can see it daily. For example, your wallet or your mirror. Remember, a goal not written down is only a wish.
Take Small Steps
Like I said, do not rush. Take it slow. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself and give up pretty quick, right? Instead of saying, ” I’ll not eat any cabs for 1 week, so by the end of it I’ll lose 2-3 pounds”, say I’ll take a morning walk everyday and quit soda and junk food.
If you follow the first way, you may succeed the first week but what after that? You’ll get back to unhealthy food because it’s hard. But if you take the second way, its much more do-able and you achieve what you set out for.
In the beginning, you are motivated and you’re like, ‘Yes, I’m gonna do it.’ And you do succeed too, for a short while. Well, that’s called beginner’s luck. But later, the motivation dies and you get back to your old ways. When this happens, don’t beat yourself up. It’s normal. Instead, gently remind yourself about your goals and get back on track. Nobody said the path to your ambition was going to be easy.
You’ll have days when you wonder if it’s all worth it. You’ll have setbacks. Life will simply get in the way at times. Your ambition is important but it isn’t the only thing that matters in life. Allow yourself scope for the things life throws at you. Not all these things will be unpleasant and you should take a break from time to time. The trick, if trick is the word, is simply to keep going.
It can be interesting and inspiring to look at other people’s achievements but be careful not to let these eat away at you.
Everyone progresses differently. You are not the person you’re looking at, so just believe in yourself and move on.