Do you want to be successful? What does success mean to you? Many of us would instantly answer “yes I want to be successful” but I wonder how many of us can really define “successful”?
There are many different definitions of success, but you must determine what success means for you. If you don’t, you could end up wasting your time and energy, possibly your whole life, pursuing someone else’s idea of success rather than creating your own path.
For many people, being successful is connected to making lots of money. But how much is enough?
Do you really need a million dollars to feel happier and more successful? Do you want success in business or success in life too?
With a little probing you might find that you need far less in order to live your perfect lifestyle or run your ideal business. You might also be surprised by what really drives you. This is where creating a vision board can come in handy.
The best definition of success I’ve ever come across is by Earl Nightingale, an American motivational speaker and author, widely considered the Dean Of Personal Development;
Nightingale tells us that success is “the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.”
It is not a single destination but a continuous, progressive journey.
Success is not the achievement of your goal, even though that’s what the world wants you to believe. It is the journey to becoming a bigger, better, bolder version of yourself.
If you have a goal that you believe is worthy of you, that is something you are passionate about and you are taking steps towards achieving success then you are already halfway there.
The rest comes down to commitment, time and plenty of hard work.
But the sad fact is that no matter how desperately you crave success and convince yourself that you are working towards being successful, only around 5% of the population ever achieve their goals.
Why is this? Why do so few people actually attain their goals and dreams?
Perhaps this infographic by business consultant and author Jim Kukral can shed some light. Kukral lists 13 key reasons why you are not as successful as you should be. They range from laziness to a lack of self-belief.
I encourage you to go through each point, and be brutally honest. Ask yourself which one(s) apply to you and where you need to make changes.
When I first came across this list, I was struck by how often fear stops us from being successful. It affects most of us at some time another and manifests itself in many forms – fear of failing, fear of being rejected, and fear of not being good enough.
It reminded me of my decision to walk away from my successful well-paid corporate career a few years ago in order to start an online business.
I had built up an excellent track-record and was very good at my job. But increasingly, I wanted the freedom of being my own boss on my own terms.
My friends and family thought I was crazy to give up my job in pursuit of a dream, especially during the worst recession in British history.
In those early days, my fear of failure amidst all this disapproval ate away at me and almost made me give up and go back to my employer cap in hand.
But I hung on and worked daily on developing a success mindset to stop the fear from taking over. I built a completely new circle of like-minded friends, peers and mentors to keep me on the right track. Small daily actions kept me focused on my goal and I have never looked back.
Mindset is now the number one area that I focus on with clients in my coaching sessions.
Overcoming fear and self doubt is critical to not only help you develop the success mindset that every entrepreneur needs but also to build a successful business and life.
But it isn’t the only key to success.
Action Is The Key To Success
You must combine a success mindset with action.
Kukral does not explicitly mention the importance of taking action in his list. But the execution of your ideas is what turns dreams into a reality and is the main factor in being successful. Nothing will change in your life if you don’t take action.
This is the difference between successful people and unsuccessful people.
Start by defining what success means for you and then map out a plan to get you there. Take small daily actions to help you move forward and achieve the success you deserve.
What does success mean to you? What do you think of Kukral’s 13 reasons you are not as successful as you should be? Please share by leaving your comments below.