Life becomes more meaningful when each day is spent chasing a purpose. Something that makes you jump out of your bed with joy and excitement. If that’s how you kickstart your morning, you are already successful in my eyes.
Whether you are a student, entrepreneur, or a project manager, the quest to create a successful life is common. For instance, a student might equate success with good grades and a project manager might associate success with timely completion of projects.
In reality, there is no secret hack that will make you successful overnight. However, with hard work, dedication, proactive measures, you can definitely streamline your journey towards success.
Here are 7 steps that can help you create a successful life you’ve visualized for yourself:
To become successful, you have to know what success looks like. While creating a definition for success, understand that your version of success might be different from others.
Ask yourself what is holding you back and stopping you to become your best version. Get into the act of visualizing and observe everything from your habits to behavior patterns to bring the required changes to your life.
The one thing that separates the successful people from the rest is the clarity on their ambition. They know exactly what they want and don’t stop working hard until they reach where they always wanted to.
Goal-setting is essential to lead a successful life. When you sit down to contemplate your next move, it indicates the seriousness of the fact that you are actually serious about creating a successful life for yourself.
Be clear about your goals whether personal or professional. Try being as specific as you can as it helps you create actionable steps towards them.
If you have big hairy goals, break them into smaller tasks. These mini-goals act as achievable milestones and impart enough motivation to keep you going in the right direction.
If you’re aiming to become a successful entrepreneur, set smart and realistic goals such as getting 5 new clients a month and generating a revenue of X amount.
There is a lot of power in routines and following daily practices religiously. Most successful people already know it and it’s time for you to know about it as well.
Something magical happens when you’re working on something by putting all your heart assiduously and consistently. You might not see the effect in the first 60–90 days. But afterwards, you’ll start observing positive changes in your life.
Establish your routine in such a way that you get enough time to accomplish goals, learn new stuff, and take care of your well-being.
One gets to experience a natural boost in motivation and confidence when he surrounds himself with the thinkers, doers, performers, and winners. That’s the power of positive company — you start talking, thinking, and acting like them.
These people can be anyone — spouse, siblings, friends, and colleagues. What’s important is that they motivate you to do the right thing and keep doing it.
There are times when things go south. Having the right set of people by your side will make a huge difference. Positive, happy, and inspired — that’s the kind of people you need to surround yourself with.
If you look carefully at the lives of Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Dhirubhai Ambani, you would be surprised to see the level of hard work that went behind making them what they are today.
Talking won’t accomplish your goals, doing will. Replace promises with efforts. Make it a thumb rule to underpromise and overdeliver.
I find it very amusing how a task or an activity can be done in a number of ways. Interestingly, there are a number of methods and techniques to perform them.
If something is eating too much time, there are enough time-management tools to stay on top of every minute and task. Whether you are an entrepreneur or leading a huge team, I recommend using ProofHub. It is an all-in-one business management software that makes work management faster, simpler, and easier.
At the end of the day, everything boils down to the fact that whether you’re enjoying or having a good time or not while creating a successful life for yourself.
Whatever be your ambitions, don’t get too busy becoming successful that you forget cherishing little things in life. Enjoy the journey. Own your mistakes gracefully. Keep becoming better and better.
Wish you all the luck and success!
A version of this article first appeared on Medium
Vartika Kashyap is the Marketing Manager at ProofHub and has been one of the LinkedIn Top Voices in 2017. Her articles are inspired by office situations and work-related events. She likes to write about productivity, team building, work culture, leadership, entrepreneurship among others and contributing to a better workplace is what makes her click. For more interesting posts follow her on Medium.
Vartika is the Chief Marketing Officer at ProofHub. She has 6 Years experience in online digital marketing, brand optimization and SEO along with social media marketing and email marketing strategies. Vartika holds an MBA in Finance (Banking) & Marketing from the IBS Hyderabad.