What does success mean for you? With the amount of information available, the strategy you choose to achieve success may differ from someone else. Your process may also vary based on your definition of success. For many people, that means a successful career or a good salary.
But when your version of success focuses on professional accomplishments, you might tend to leave other essential areas to chance. A few places where people strive to achieve success include family life, athletics, academics, or relationships. While your definition of success may vary, you most likely feel successful when you feel fulfilled, safe, healthy, and loved.
But what does “success” indeed mean? Success is a person’s ability to achieve their goals, regardless of the type of goal.
If you struggle to achieve the personal things you consider most important, you might struggle to find fulfillment. If any of the above areas are lacking somehow, it is unlikely that you will feel as successful as you want. And your desire for success may begin to falter.
So how do you build a more powerful desire for success?
Tips to Get You Started
Develop a growth mindset. A growth mindset is the idea that your abilities are a product of your choices and effort. You think of yourself as having specific skills, but you also notice that you can improve those skills.
On the other hand, if you have a fixed mindset, you believe your abilities are static. Learning new things and improving old ones are not possible for you. It’s easy to see that people with a growth mindset tend to achieve more success in their lives than people with a fixed mindset.
Increase your Emotional Quotient. Emotional Intelligence, or EI, is the ability to identify, understand, and manage your own emotions. It also consists of being sensitive to the feelings of others and managing relationships effectively. If you have a high EI but still perceive that you are not achieving success in life, it is likely because of self-defeating thoughts and beliefs. These could be limiting your options for achieving success.
If you want to achieve more success in life, pay attention to your emotions and aim to manage them.
Publicly commit to your goals. When you publicly commit to a plan, you create a sense of accountability. You feel more committed to following through with the intent, making it more difficult to give up. The people you choose to associate with — family, friends, and colleagues — must know your goal and want you to succeed.
When your plan involves giving up a habit, you can get them to stop you when you’re about to relapse.
Keep a Positive Attitude and Encourage Yourself
Research shows that we are our own worst enemies. We tend to give up without even trying because we are our harshest critics. You can easily fall into the trap of thinking you cannot succeed based on past failures or other negative thoughts. If this has happened to you in the past, banish this thought and encourage yourself with positive affirmations, such as “I am capable of doing what I want to do. I am a worthwhile person.” You do not have to recite them every day, but it can help you stay motivated. Know your strengths and focus on them. The most successful people in the world achieve success, not because they are perfect, but because they focus on their strengths. Many of them run successful businesses with zero knowledge of certain aspects of the company. When they realize they don’t have the skillset, they get help. The same approach can help you build a more powerful desire for success.
Build a Positive Relationship with Success
This guide’s small yet powerful steps are easy and can establish a more positive relationship with success. Finding success means becoming the person you want to be. The question is, when do you start?