This guest post is written by Eri at Weirdlifestyle.com.
Are there any key factors to success? And what do we mean when using the word success anyway?
Everyone is different and we all might want different things out of our lives, thus, success could have a totally different meaning for each one of us. For someone, success might mean fame and money, to someone else business growth and financial prosperity, while to someone else success might mean the creation of a family and a life closer to his / her standards.
Whatever success might mean, one thing is for sure, it is far too risky to put all your hopes in luck and just wish for the best.
Successful people, in whatever aspect we mean it, never let their lives be ruled by luck. Definitely, nobody can have full control over everything that might come in his / her way, but there are so many things that are depended on how well we can handle all those that are on our hands.
Success in everything hardly ever is a one-step process. To succeed means that you have to start from somewhere, think about where you would like to get, build a plan with smaller and bigger goals, work hard and try to make it happen.
Sometimes, you might work really hard, but the goals you set might not be reached. That does not necessarily mean you are unable to succeed or you are not good enough.
That might just mean that you set the wrong goals. Sometimes when you don’t know exactly what it takes to make something happen, your goals might be too optimistic or unrealistic.
Most of the so-called successful people of this planet would agree that there are three things which when adjusted to each case can turn out to be key factors to success.
Have you ever wanted to plan a trip?
There are several things you have to do when you want to reach a destination. The first and more important is to decide what the destination is. “Where do you want to go?”
The answer to this first question is your main goal. The one that puts you out on the road.
Either you want to reach another place within the city you live in, or you want to reach the other side of this planet it still is a destination.
In terms of success, setting a goal means identifying what success is to you each time. You can never get there when you don’t know where you want to go, thus setting goals is a key factor to success.
A goal does not have to be something big. Usually, big goals can never be reached unless broken down into smaller, more countable, and easier to handle goals. Setting a big goal and trying to get there immediately could prove overwhelming and make us feel disappointed and worthless.
Breaking a big goal into small pieces of separate goals can work to our advantage. Achieving these small goals while targeting also the bigger, main goal can give us this sense of satisfaction and encourage us to move forward. Always another step closer to the main goal.
Coming back to the example of planning a trip, the planning process could be totally different depending on the destination.
However, there are several questions that should be answered to adjust each plan to reach the desired destination.
Some of these questions are: “When do you want to reach the destination?”, “Do you want to reach it tomorrow, next month, next year?”, “How will you get there?”
If you want to travel to the other side of this planet by walking, this is not feasible. If you are willing to walk and get on a ship, it is, but don’t expect to get there within a day or a week. Even if you decide to fly it will not be feasible within the next hour.
The same stands for goals and planning. Goals have their limitations, they are related to and closely dependent on time, means, effort, and let’s face it, money.
How much time can you put into your project to make it happen? When do you want to have it ready? What are the tools you will be working with? How skilled are you on these tools? Are you working on your own or are you getting help? Are you able or willing to pay to make your life easier along the way?
Planning to reach a goal could and should change if any of these factors change. However, planning in order to have the desired outcome should be done realistically. A realistic plan is always a key factor to success.
One person working 24/7 for 3 months is not a realistic plan no matter how much we might desire to reach a target within this period. An alternative to keeping this 3-month target feasible would be breaking down the tasks and implementing them by 3 different people aware of their mission and qualified with the desired knowledge to do so.
No fear of failure
The last and most important in my opinion key factor to success is to never be afraid of failure. It is important to be aware that failure might occur no matter how well a plan was developed, how much effort we put on etc. There are always things that cannot be controlled and they can always happen. Even to the best of people, to the hardest working ones.
Failure is not something that should make us feel discouraged. Failure is not the end, failure is just a step of the process and sometimes a really important one. Failure could happen just to show us that we should change something in our approach, to make us understand something better.
Lots of people out of the fear of failure will never chase their dream, whatever that is. Some others might have experienced failure in the past and felt overwhelmed. To them, failure was the end of the journey. They do not want to experience it again so when they sense that something might be risky they do not take that step out of fear of failure.
Most successful people are not those who have never experienced failure. Most successful people are those who experienced failure over and over again until they finally succeeded. Successful people are willing to take risks and do things they have never done before.
Conclusion – key factors to success
To sum up, how these three key factors of success can work for you start by thinking about what you want to achieve and setting your goal. Make some questions to have a better understanding of what it takes to make this goal happen. Find or give your answers, plan accordingly, start working on it, and don’t be afraid of failing. It might happen but it is ok. You know that failure is not the end of this trip.
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”