10 ways to reach your definition of success

If someone asked you to describe your idea of success, what would it look like? 

While some may consider the definition of success to be snagging the corner office and climbing the corporate ladder, it might not be yours. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

You might define success as finding a career that enables you to spend more time with your family, becoming an expert in your field, or starting your own business. Whatever your definition, these 10 tips will help make it a reality.

10 ways to reach your definition of success

1. Define what success means to you

To help identify your definition of success, let your imagination run wild and create a mood board of what success would look like to you. Pull together images, quotes, books, and any reminders of what a ‘successful you’ would look like. At the end you’ll have a visual representation of what it is you’re trying to achieve. (This will also double as a great source of inspiration when you’re trying to reach your goal.)

2. Believe in yourself

Yes, it might be clichéd, but believing in yourself is crucial in the journey to success. Having confidence in your abilities will enable you to go for what you want. If you’re prone to self-doubt, train yourself to think of three things you’re good at whenever a negative thought enters your head. This habit will help you learn to develop a more positive thought pattern and allow negative thoughts to leave your mind just as easily as they entered.

3. Take action

Studies have found that taking action results in better confidence in one’s ability to succeed. Bolster your confidence and bring yourself one step closer to your goal by identifying the steps you need to take and actually getting started! Whether that’s enrolling in a course, polishing your resume, or registering the domain name of the website you want to build, every step counts.

4. Accept failure is part of the process

The road to success won’t always be smooth. There may be setbacks along the way but it’s important not to become discouraged. The best lessons often come from failure and it will only help you grow as a person.

5. Don’t neglect your relationships

A study done by psychologist Dr George Vaillant found that happiness depends on two things – love, and finding a way of coping with life without pushing love away. Learn to take time out from your busy schedule to spend time with those you love and make it a non-negotiable part of your routine, even if it’s just a quick coffee catch-up. Your friends and family are important and success won’t be nearly as sweet without them.

6. Know that it’s a marathon not a sprint

There’s no such thing as an overnight success. It takes time and perseverance. Studies have found that one particularly personality trait is a significant predictor of success: grit. This means sticking with something through the ups and downs and being prepared to put in the hard work. So even if the last thing you want to do is put in the overtime to get an assignment finished or sacrifice a few luxuries now to get the capital you need to start your business, you can get through it because you know it’s the key to your future success.

7. Look after yourself

It’s important to look after your well-being, especially if being the happiest, healthiest person is part of your definition of success . Make a point of eating well, fitting in regular exercise and taking time out to unwind and relax. This gives you the energy you need to put in the hours required to reach your goals. If you’re constantly a big ball of stress, you won’t be nearly as effective.

8. Reassess your goals regularly

Make sure that you reassess your goals regularly and be open to the idea that circumstances in your life may change, and therefore your goals will need to as well. You might even find that you’re achieving your goals quicker than you anticipated, and have the opportunity to elevate and reprioritise your success milestones.

9. Be disciplined

If your dream is to become a published author you have to have the discipline to sit down and write regularly. If you want to become a CEO one day you have to be prepared to put in the hours at work and take on the necessary training. Having a plan and being prepared to stick to it regardless of the hurdles you may face along the way is all part of the process.

10. Celebrate your successes along the way

It can’t all be all work and no play! Take the time to acknowledge your small victories along the way. After all, you’re one step closer to success.