Most people say that they want to be successful, yet very few people have defined what success means for them.
Are you successful? Do you want to be successful? Can you identify some people that you feel are successful?
Some people will be able to provide answers to these questions, whereas the majority of people won’t. And while most people say that they dream of being successful, very few people have defined what success actually means for them. Without a specifically defined achievable goal along with a realistic timeframe, success is merely a concept that can never be obtained.
If you’d like to define what success means to you that you know what you’re striving for, follow these simple steps.
Be Very Specific on What Success Means to You
In reality, being successful means achieving an ideal or a goal that you have set in advance. To do this, create a statement that very specifically defines the goal or ideal that you would like to achieve. Be as specific as possible about what it will look like when your goal has been achieved, rather than speaking in esoteric terms.
For example, while you might think that your goal is ‘to be a successful translator’, this is unachievable since you have no way of measuring it. Instead, consider a goal along the lines of ‘to earn at least $60,000 per year in freelance translation, working no more than 25 hours per week and with the freedom to work from my laptop anywhere in the world’. The difference between the two statements of the same goal is significant – the second goal can be achieved as it will be very clear when all elements have been satisfied.
Add the Element of Time
Once you have clearly defined what it is that you would like to achieve, you then need to consider what kind of timeframe you would like to give yourself in order to achieve it. It is important to find the sweet spot between setting a time to far into the future and setting an unachievable timeframe. It would be difficult for anyone to work towards a goal that won’t see fruition for another 20 years, yet if you set an otherwise achievable goal to be completed in a month when really it would take the average person a year, you may overwhelm yourself and find yourself giving up when you don’t see the progress that you had expected.
Create Your Action Steps
Now that you know exactly what it is that you’re going to achieve in order to be your definition of ‘successful’, it is time to create a list of action steps in order to achieve your goal. The more specific you were with your definition of success, the easier it will be for you to break down your end result into small, measurable and actionable steps.
Try creating your own personal statement of success, but don’t be surprised if it takes you a while to put together the one sentence which may ultimately change your life.