Before you start trying to be ‘successful’, one important thing to consider is what ‘success’ means to you.
Success means different things at different times to each of us; it is highly personal. Put simply, it is important that you create a vision of where you are heading and identify what needs to be done for you to achieve success.
As a coach, I am certain that the people who are most successful in life are those who have absolute clarity on what success will look like, adapt their plan as they progress and still enjoy where they are in their life right now.
Successful people don’t wait for the right time. So how do you bring your dreams, plans and changes to life?
Future-proof your success with these eight principles
- Play and plan big: This is your one shot to live an amazing adventure. Be ambitious in your dreams. Consider what you want to be able to say about this life when you are 80 and sitting on the veranda reflecting on your experiences. Successful people aren’t necessarily the ones who are the smartest or best educated; they are the ones who are brave enough to own what they want. What are you really capable of?
- Make yourself your most important project: Investing in you is the most important investment you will ever make. Successful people think strategically about how they are living and where they are heading. They set deadlines and consult experts who will support their success. They often create a vision board, identify blockers and review their progress. How can you make you, and your future, a priority?
- Do what other people aren’t prepared to do: The world is full of people who start stuff, but never follow through. Successful people do what’s required. They keep going even when it’s hard and they don’t want to. Don’t wait and don’t give in. When your motivation has passed, it will be your commitment that keeps you going. Are you prepared to do what’s required?
- Build an inner circle: Surround yourself with people who want you to succeed, who will challenge you to be more and who understand your true potential. Your inner circle extends beyond friends and family. They are people who will challenge you and celebrate you. Identify those in your world who you trust and will tell you the truth.
- Get uncomfortable: It is true, the greatest learning happens in discomfort. To know what you are really capable of, you have to test out your resilience and capabilities. You don’t know what you don’t know about you yet. You are an ever-evolving complex person with so many things to learn and that is where your potential sits. Intentionally look for new experiences and meet people out of your network. When was the last time you felt really uncomfortable?
- Pay attention: You are constantly receiving messages from the world around you. People who care about you are telling you what they think. The voices on your shoulder (the angel and devil) are tapping into your inner thoughts and feelings. Your body is communicating to you all the time about what it needs. The environments where you live, work, exercise and rejuvenate are all talking to you. What is working in your life and what isn’t?
- Honour the future version of you: Imagine you in two years. How much more will you know in five years? And then in 10 years you will be so wise! When you are planning your future success, consider what your future smarter/wiser/funnier/more experienced version of you would do. The best way to predict your future is to live it now. What advice does your future self have for you?
- Be resolute, committed and courageous: The reality is it’s unlikely anyone else can create success for you. There really is only one you on this planet. No single other person looks the same as you, has your beliefs or experiences. As a coach, I’ve never met anyone who is an overnight success. Be brave on all the days you can manage it. The future version of you will thank you for it.