As you travel through your day as a worker, a parent, a student, or through any endeavor, you can veer off your path to success. Little distractions cause you to stumble. Frustration can make you quit. However, there are some simple ways to keep moving ahead to personal success every single day.
1. Write things down – your goals, aspirations, hopes, dreams, assignments, and responsibilities. Write in detail, noting your timeline, your recipe for success, and your ideas. The difference between a dream and a plan is that plan is written down. You’re more apt to follow through than to just, well, dream.
2. Meditate on what you need or want to do to change yourself for the better. Make it a point to take inventory of your strengths and weaknesses every day. Figure out how to improve on the weaknesses and delight in the strengths.
3. Get organized. Clean up your physical environment at work or at home. Rid your life of clutter. Toss, give away, or re-purpose stuff you don’t use or don’t need. If your personal space is calm and harmonious, so will your mind be. Success is much easier when you aren’t frantically trying to sort through life’s debris.
4. Learn from others. Don’t copy what they do, but absorb others’ successes, exercise your own creativity, and improve upon what you learn. Read. Talk to people. Find a mentor. Become aware of what is happening around you.
5. Be sure you have the skills, education, and knowledge that you need to achieve your personal goals. If you lack some of what you need, make it a priority to fill that gap. Take classes, get your degree, study with a master, or even take a simple online course. Learn what you need to know. Don’t fake it.
6. Into each day incorporate rituals that encourage motivation, self esteem, and recognition of your accomplishments. You can use affirmations to bolster your personal resolve. You can post love notes to yourself around your home or office. Keep a journal of successes. Whatever ritual you choose, make it a habit. Do it every day without fail.
7. Offer help to others. If you give part of yourself to others each day, you will soon find they return the favor. You’ll learn more. You’ll never lack for help when you’re stuck on a goal or project. You’ll have a stronger personal network. Living in a vacuum doesn’t bring success.
8. At day’s end, mull over what you finished. Give thanks for your successes and for your failures. Accomplishments are the fuel that keeps us going, but the most successful people will always tell you that failure is your greatest teacher.
Maybe it all boils down to awareness. If you pay attention to how you move through your day, you enable yourself to be more purposeful. You will attend more to detail. You’ll recognize your own potential. You’ll become comfortable with asking for and offering assistance where it’s needed. If those are your guideposts, you can’t possibly lose your way on your quest for everyday success.