It can be quite challenging to make the shift from Achievement to Success because they both are similar, yet have different meanings for each and every one of us, not to mention different results
A great example of Achievement vs. Success is Sir Edmond Hillary. The first attempts to reach the summit of Mount Everest began in the early 1920’s with the opening of the Tibetan route. Over the next thirty years he tired several times making 8 attempts. Each attempt was an Achievement, but it wasn’t until 1953 on May 28th that he reached the top of Mt. Everest that was when he had finally achieved Success!
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” – Sir, Edmond Hillary
Success means different things to different people
For some it is writing a blog, for others it is enrolling that first client or the first time you became a Mother or a Father. By putting the past behind, gaining more clarity on what your goals along with remaining positive. When everything is crystal clear and you know what your goals are enables you to start taking ACTION! When you take action, it will most certainly will give you a sense of accomplishment!
But what happens next?
How many times have you made that long list of New Year’s Resolutions that never happened? How many times have you actually followed through with them? Have you ever asked yourself, Why?
Most probably because we did not follow through with our action plan. For most people it is because they did not give their vision a chance to come alive, became discouraged and gave up. When I look back at my own list of personal achievements I found that the way to those achievements took the same 6 small steps.
Here are my 6 Steps to Success:
1. START with a positive attitude!
We are all guilty of putting off today what we can do tomorrow. I know I used to be that way. TAKE the word IMPOSSIBLE….. it actually says, I AM POSSIBLE!
Procrastination will keep us from taking those first steps and we put things off for ”later”.
”Later” is a very dangerous term because it has tendency of transforming into ‘‘never’’.
As a result we all have goals we never reach because we never START in the first place.
Remember – a journey starts with the first step.
So take that first step, START NOW and stay positive.
Write your goals down and post them somewhere that you will see them everyday. Make yourself accountable!!
“Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.” – Jack Canfield
There are many people fighting for your attention. There are many distractions getting in your way.
Your goal may need some sacrifices and prioritizing. You will need to give up some things or at least postpone them for later.
Focus on the most important at the moment – i.e. reaching your goal. Allocate time and effort on things, which will get you closer to the desired result.
And precede one goal at a time; otherwise you risk having mediocre results at the end.
You have to believe that you will succeed. You need to have the true faith that your success is a matter of time.
Collect all your doubts, wrap them up and put them aside. Diminish their role and don’t let them influence your decisions and actions.
Stay in touch with those, who encourage, support and believe in your success as much (or even more) then you do.
Read inspirational blog posts, books and true success stories. If others can – you can too
Your ”I Can” is more important than your IQ.
4. KEEP GOING and stay POSITIVE!
Things will not work out immediately but don’t get discouraged! The most important thing is to keep going forward.
Remember every tiny step you make is one step closer to achieving your goals and becoming successful.
5. CELEBRATE THE SMALL SUCCESSES
You won’t reach your goal overnight, but you will reach small milestones in-between. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day!
Celebrate those small victories, because they are the counter arguments to your doubts and insecurities.
With each small victory you get closer to your big goal and each small victory is equally important in getting where you want to be.
You deserve a treat and a small break after each one of them. What will it be? Make a list of of things you would like to do, maybe it is a weekend away or something as simple as a night out at the movies! Take time to recharge your batteries and celebrate!
6. LOOK BACK AT WHAT YOU HAVE ACHIEVED
and how great it feels. Who was your biggest cheerleader? Take time to thank the people who supported you through your journey and send them a thank you note for all the help and encouragement they gave you.
Much Happiness and Success! Please feel free to share your achievements along the way!