What does success look like? (II)

American essayist, poet, and popular philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) was reported to have said –  said, “there is nothing capricious in nature”. You wouldn’t have the thoughts if you couldn’t achieve them.

Simply put, the loss of desire leads to the loss of action – “play it safe” doesn’t work. We all know that really. Remember, you can’t discover new islands without leaving the shore of yours. Only people who don’t do anything, don’t make mistakes – and was it a mistake to do nothing?

The 7 steps to success

1. Fix in your mind EXACTLY what you want. The emphasis here is on ensuring that you both really want it, and that you know exactly in detail, what that actually is.

2. Describe EXACTLY what you intend to GIVE in return for this goal, it may be time, money, relationship, other opportunities, etc. You don’t get anything for nothing.

3. Define the date that you will achieve this. When will you achieve this? Plans are not easy to plan for. They say’ “plan, but don’t plan on the outcome” and despite what I’m saying here, unexpected things do happen. If (and only if) something arises – What would the successful person do? Don’t be seduced by, ‘Paralysis by analysis”.

4. Define your plan and start now, ready or not. Plan your work, work your plan. Course changes are going to be made, they always are.

5. WRITE down your ‘Mission statement’, exactly what, why, when and how this will be achieved. Make it specific.

The story goes that in the Harvard MBA class, 84% of the entire class had set no goals at all, 13% of the class had set written goals but had no concrete plans, 3% of the class had both written goals and concrete plans.10 years later, the 13% of the class that had set written goals but had not created plans, were making twice as much money as the 84% of the class that had set no goals at all. The 3% of the class that had both written goals and a plan, were making ten times as much as the rest of the 97% of the class. 

6. Read your mission statement in the morning when you get up and then in the evening before you go to bed. Think like the successful person you are, if something needs to be changed (and it usually doesn’t) plan precisely how the successful man or woman would. Take council, but only from highly successful people in your field. Many people know all about failing, that’s not what you want.

7. Celebrate your success. Share – sharing is powerful. That’s the way success in the universe works long-term. Share and help others to achieve the success that you’re enjoying.

This may all seem very obvious, in fact it is, but sometimes we can’t see the “woods for the trees”. We get so busy being busy that we lose ourselves in that forest.

A short walk in a natural setting – even if its communing with the air – and through choice is an enlightening experience, being lost, loosing your confidence and vowing not to go into them again due to fear, is not the goal!

Some things money can’t buy.

Stephen Bray 2020

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