We all want more success in our lives, whether it be reaching a huge dream or conquering the smallest goal. There are some people who are better than others at achieving more in their life, and there are certain factors, internal and external, that can determine just how successful you will become at reaching a particular goal or dream. When you work on improving these 9 factors that I am going to talk about in this article, you will increases your chances of reaching a particular goal or dream, and becoming successful. Take charge of your life and don’t let anything hinder your success.
Factor 1: Future Identity
Think about this for a couple of minutes, can you picture your future self and see yourself actually becoming the person you want to be? Improving your vision of who you will be in the future is one of the things you need to do to become more successful. Envision yourself having certain habits and characteristics that you need in order to conquer your goals. If you want to be a public speaker, envision yourself with confidence speaking in front of thousands of people. Think about the traits that you may need to develop to overcome the challenges that may be holding you back from a goal. Know with clarity who you want to become and see yourself making the significant changes in your present self.
“When you let go of what you are, you become what you might be.” –Lao Tzu
Factor 2: Intrinsic Value
There are things in this world that when you do them, you have a sense of internal fulfillment, a sense of deep internal connection. In order to be more successful, you must have a deep connection to the things you want to accomplish, whether it be from a sense of purpose or meaning, or something that you just love doing. If you are just chasing a goal for extrinsic value, such as money, fame, or status, you won’t get very far. Pursue something that is emotionally fulfilling and you will take your life to the next level.
“When you work for money, you will spend your whole life doing things you don’t want to do, for the sake of money and that’s stupid.” –Anonymous
Factor 3: Utility value
You must pursue a goal that brings something tangible and real, like a certain skillset that you can use to enhance your future. There are a lot of people who pursue goals that do not add value to themselves or their lives. People set the goal to buy a new car or new cell phone, but don’t think about the value it will bring to their lives. So many people waste valuable time pursuing goals that don’t matter. Pursue something that will give you something real once you accomplish it like financial stability so you will have the ability to spend more time with your family. Do not get this confused with pursing a goal for money. You are not pursing a goal only for the extrinsic value, but for the internal happiness or something tangible.
Factor 4: Fear
Many people are afraid to pursue something because of the fear of losing out on something else. When you think about pursuing a goal or dream, most people think about all the negatives that may come along with that pursuit. If they pursue this dream, it would take too much time away from family, or just too much work and time in general to succeed. Negative thinking is much easier to do than positive thinking, and those negative thoughts put fear in your heart. This fear is detrimental to your success. Improve on how you look at things and you will increase your chances of success.
Factor 5: Too Much Time
When there is too much time between the work you put into achieving a goal, and the rewards that you reap from that hard work, people tend to quit or not even start. That is why it is crucial to set up the pursuit to a goal in a way that will give you little rewards along the way. Look 3 months down the line instead of 3 years. Focus on the short term rewards. This will allow you to be more patient in reaching your goals. Improve this delay factor and you improve your chances of success.
Factor 6: Personal Control
When you feel like you can’t make something happen because there are external factors that are holding you back, like your boss, you won’t even start to pursue a goal. It’s easy to put the blame on someone else and not take responsibly for your lack of accomplishments, but not taking responsibility is the reason you are not succeeding. Take responsibility and control your situation’s outcome. You cannot control what situations may arise, but you can control your actions. When you start to feel like you are more in control of the outcome of things, you will have more confidence and want to start your journey to success.
Factor 7: Social Support
Without social support from your spouse, family members, and friends, it will be harder to succeed. Look for people who will support you in the pursuit of your dreams and goals, like a mentor. Also, you can gain more support from the people close to you who may not believe in you, by keeping them in the loop in the little progress you may be making towards your goal. You want to improve on the amount of people who support you, this will increase your chances of success.
Factor 8: Belief System
If you don’t believe you can do something, or you just don’t have to the time to do something, then you won’t do it. When your belief system is off track, then you actions are as well. When you don’t believe that you have to the time to accomplish something, then you will instinctively cancel out the time you can have, instead of the distractions that are holding you back from making more time. If you believe that you can make something happen, then your actions will be in congruence with your belief system, and you will make it happen.
Factor 9: Resource Availability
Like blaming others, learn not to blame the amount of resources you have on what you can and cannot accomplish. When you blame the resources you may or may not have, you cannot improve your chances of success. There is always a way to make a goal or dream achievable, find it.
Improving these 9 internal and external factors listed above can most definitely increase the chances that you will succeed in reaching a particular goal or dream, whether it be losing weight or starting a business. Though these 9 factors will improve your chances of success, you can never substitute tenacity, persistence, and hard work. These are the foundation to success.
Here is a re-cap of the factors that help you improve your chances of success.
- Know who you want to be and let go of your present self to be who you envision yourself as
- Find fulfillment in pursuing your goals
- Pursue a goal that can be something real and tangible like a skillset that can enhance your life
- Think positively and let go of fear
- Set up and notice little rewards along the road to success
- Take responsibility for your actions and outcomes
- Build a strong support system
- Build strong confidence and belied in yourself
- Don’t blame lack of resources for lack of accomplishments
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