How to be Successful

Success is something we all wish to achieve and even though we have different definitions of success, we all want to succeed in different aspects of our lives. For some, success is attaining an education, others it’s getting a good job, for others it’s being wealthy, and others to start and own a business while for others it’s having a family of their own and seeing their children prosper. We all have different metrics for measuring success and we all have different goals, but it is part of human instinct to want success, to want to succeed in everything they do, no matter how small or big. Success gives us a feeling of development and growth, a sense of gratification that we are no longer where we used to be, but rather we have made progress, no matter how small and this motivates us to go for bigger things, to yearn for more success, to grow from level to level, seeking more education, a better job, better life for our families and to make more money and wealth.


With all these in mind, there are various principles or habits that can lead to success. Regardless of the fact that we have different goals and we have different definitions of success, there are common principles which, if we employ, can lead us all to success.


Set Goals

There can be no success without goals or targets. This is because success is relative to a set target and whether we have achieved it, or at least making steady progress towards attaining it. For you to succeed, set a goal, a measurable target that represents what you envision: that is what you want or where you see yourself in the future. A goal should be measurable so as to enable you to monitor your progress and help you know whether you are on track or you have gone off.

In setting a goal, you set up a grand goal and then you break it down into smaller goals. This helps you to further monitor your progress on a smaller scale and helps you stay motivated and focused because each time you achieve one of the smaller goals, it keeps you inspired to achieve the grand goal. Set goals that are defined with a well-known target to achieve, always giving yourself a specific time-stamped to achieve your goals. However, ensure that your goals and timelines set are realistic otherwise you will end up frustrated, chasing castles in the air.



Start Now!

Setting goals is important, however most people will set goals and then sit back, waiting for ages before they start working towards their goals. One of the keys to success is to be proactive, start now not tomorrow. Once you have your goals set, have an action plan on how to achieve the goals and start working towards them now. Procrastination is the number one enemy of progress and success.

Each time you postpone working on something, you set yourself up for frustration because the longer it takes for you to achieve your goals, the more frustrated you become and it further becomes easy to give up altogether. Start working your way to success now, starting with the small steps you can take as you build up. Whether it is studying, or starting a side hustle to make extra money, or working extra hours to beat deadlines, whatever your goal is, start working towards it today. Always maximize your day by planning your activities before hand and ensuring that you accomplish them. By starting to work on your goals now, you position yourself in a way that you are able to take advantage of opportunities that may arise to help you succeed faster. For example, if you study and progress in your academics, then you are better placed to take advantage of job opportunities that arise as opposed to simply waiting for a great job with no qualifications.



Time Management

To be successful, one definitely has to know how to manage their time. Each and every one of us has 24 hours in a day, but what sets apart those who are successful from those who are not is the fact that they manage their time well so as to maximize their days and do as much as possible each day.

To manage your time well, you need to set out the activities you are to undertake each day. The best way of doing this is by planning your day, a day earlier, start with what really needs to be done and the best way is to start with the most complex of issues moving on to easier ones as the day progresses.  Set apart adequate time for each activity and have as many activities as you can realistically handle each day.

The other aspect of time management is being punctual. It does not help to have a list of activities and allocated times, yet you are never on time to start them. This is because once you are late in doing one thing, it will affect the time you start doing the next thing and so on. In the long run, you will end up not doing one or two things that you set out to do and this will affect your progress. Know how to manage time as a resource and you will get value for your time.




Success is a journey, you work towards it and you can never go alone, or rather, going it alone will be frustrating and will only make you take longer to achieve your goals. To succeed, you will need to work with others in one way or another and this therefore requires you to have colleagues, friends and associates whom you will work with and in one way or another they will assist you to succeed.

Networking means that you make contact with other people, mingle with them and get to know them and what they do. This way you will have a network of friends and professionals in various sectors and who offer different services, therefore in case you need a particular service or product, you will know who to turn to.

Having a network is also a big advantage because people in your network will always point you in the right direction and let you know of great opportunities that you can explore as they arise. Furthermore, the people in your networks can provide linkages to other people and professionals who can further assist you attain success faster as well as motivate you to grow and stay focused in achieving your success. When networking, seek to connect with people who are able to challenge you and motivate you, people whom you can look up to for inspiration and guidance. Do not just focus on business relationships, build friendships as well.



Find a balance

In the pursuit of success, many people become too consumed with the desire to achieve, they become so involved that they are unable to balance everything in life and more often than not, the imbalance brings them to failure. It is important that you find a good balance in life. Find a balance between your work and your family, your hobbies, your health, and you are more likely to succeed.

Having a balance helps us to remain focused, to stay motivated and be an all-round person maintaining important relationships and taking care of ourselves. Do not focus so much on work that your family suffers or focus so much on the family that your work suffers. Finding a good balance makes you more productive in all aspects of your life as you seek to be successful.


Learn from failure

Failure is a key part in the journey to success and at one point or another we all fail at something and come short of our targets either failing in a small way while at times we fail in epic ways. The key thing with failure is to realize how to interpret it. You can choose to see failure as a sign of your inability, or you can choose to see it as a chance to grow and improve.


In order to be successful, you have to realize that failure is simply a lesson. When we fail, we simply learn that our way of doing things does not work and therefore we are presented with an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and improve on what we have, to come up with a new way of doing things and armed with the information we collect from our failures, we can always try again and success. To attain success, you should never let failure or the fear of failure cripple you.

For most people, the fear of failure is actually the reason that they keep on postponing things they are supposed to start doing and taking on new projects. Challenges are there to be faced and overcome, sometimes slowing us down, but they should never stop us from moving completely and instead they should push us into growth and innovative thinking. Success is not for the faint hearted and you should never give up until you achieve it.



Another key factor that will help you to be successful is the ability to focus. When you set a goal, you should be focused on it and stay committed until you achieve it and this is how we attain success. Focusing on our goals means that we give it our undivided attention and we do not get distracted along the way by other things which are not assisting us in any way to achieve our success.


Sometimes so as to focus you may need to cut down on some hobbies and other activities such as socializing so as to dedicate more time towards achieving your goals but at the end of it all the rewards are worth it.

These are just but some principles or rules that will help you to be successful. Regardless of what your goals are or your definition of success, employ these principles and you will work your way progressively until you become successful. But most of all always believe in yourself and believe that you will turn your dreams into reality.

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