If your dreams don’t scare you, it’s because they are too small
– Richard Branson
Success in your life can be defined as the pursuit of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals. It can be achieved when you try your best in all aspects of your life, even if that doesn’t lead to big results. If you’ve done your best, you should feel proud of your efforts.
To put it differently, your life will never change until you change something you do daily. You will not see big changes from staying inside your comfort zone until you do things differently or at least until you take a risk to level up your game, you will find your growth limited. The secret of your success is found in your daily habits or in your routine. It starts with simply analyzing your values, your goals and your objectives. To help you define that, I recommend that you read also these two articles:
As you finish reading this blog post and these two others, you’ll also understand that “value” and “success” go together. Indeed, your success is directly connected to how much value you provide to it. If you learn that value exists in your whole life, you also realize that it does not just exist in your professional life but in so many aspects. For example, if you can meet your monthly obligations and fulfil your basic needs, you are successful. Being able to identify when you absolutely need something and when you can do without it often leads to financial stability and is a great way to succeed.
Too many of us measure success from a purely business perspective. We place value on aspects such as the salary, the profit/loss, promotions, etc. But I think that we often fail to acknowledge or forget the value that we should put in other areas of our lives, such as focus and discipline, mental health, stability, family and relationships. Although you are ambitious and business-driven, taking some time to look at other aspects of your life can be of use to you. You don’t even realize how much everything is connected yet. That’s why I also recommend reading the book The Paradox of Success: When Winning at Work Means Losing at Life by John R. O’Neil.
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value – Albert Einstein
By taking a moment to acknowledge everything you have and everyone that matters around you, you will be able to use it to motivate yourself through bad times and through those moments where you think everything seems to be a significant challenge. Ensuring that your definition of success is not only illustrated by the amount of money your goal each month may become your turning point in your personal life and in your career path. It’s important to understand what your main motivation is while making sure you seek stability in all areas and aspects of your life. Moreover, success in one area of your life tends to lead to success in another.
When you focus your efforts on reaching goals, you should keep in mind a certain direction to get there. It helps to structure your job – perhaps by delegating some work or reaching out for help and support – so that you can spend as much time as possible turning this energy to your advantage in any way possible in your business or in your personal life. “Those who achieve great things are the ones willing to be scared but not scared off. If you dream big and take risks, impossible becomes just a word.” R. Branson
Here are 5 tips to help you focus on becoming the best version of yourself at any time.
- Listen more than you talk
- Keep it simple and think “elegance”
- Take pride in your work instead of just settling down
- Have fun, success will follow
- Rip it up and start again if necessary, never let failure be the end game
As of what I think, success is relative to the person who has succeeded. It may mean different things to different people, but the way we earn success requires the same amount of hard work. However, you set a certain metric value to “your definition of success” the way you think suits you best and you hustle to reach your goals. The measurement of your success is, of course, dependent on the nature, size and significance of the personal goal. For instance, you may successfully complete your daily tasks at work but struggle to achieve your more long term goals. Completing your tasks successfully in your day job may provide a small sense of victory but you may still be far from reaching your ultimate goals and thus true success. Albert Einstein knew the value of hard work, being useful and thus successful. Work hard, stay focused, motivated, provide the necessary value to society and you will inevitably succeed. But also, success is not just about building your reputation. It is really about giving your best without holding back. Doing the best you can to change someone’s life, to improve. Branson says that happiness and good health encourages great life decisions. If you know what you want to be, then working out what you’re going to do will come a lot easier and prove a lot more fulfilling.
- with all my love, B