Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve. – Wilfred Peterson
What does that mean?
Success is defined differently for each of us. Yet however we each define it, success is something we all desire.
For some, success is measured in money or possessions. For others, it is measured in spirituality or awareness. For others it is family or friends. What is it for you?
Yet we rarely achieve any success without having a strong, or even burning desire to achieve something. Without it, we simply rely on luck.
To get there via the quickest and most effective way, we need to focus on our desire, and put everything we have behind it. The goal gives us direction, the focus of power gives us the thrust.
Why is success important?
The definition of success is quite mercurial. It changes from person to person, and from time to time even for one person. The definition of success for a single person compared to their definition as a parent will, I hope, be different. Sometimes achieving one goal points us in a new direction, other times we simply drift to a new goal.
But no matter how our definitions of the term may change, attaining some success is important to our self-esteem and our self-value. No one wants to be the person who constantly fails, never achieves their goals, or is always moaning about how unfair life is, right? We want to be able to count some successes in our lives.
Some aim high, and refuse to accept anything but first place in their field. Others put their focus and invest their power into other goals, like being the best they can be in their chosen endeavor. Others focus on even smaller steps, like learning one thing to help move them ahead at work, at home, or wherever their goals take them.
Some of us may even be successful in more than one area of our lives. Can one be successful in business, successful in family life, and successful in their spiritual or community life? I believe so, and have, at various points and in various areas of my life. How about you, have you ever succeeded at more than one thing?
Where can I apply this in my life?
Lets start by trying to define what success means to you. To me, it means setting a goal and achieving it. That is how I know I achieved success. Can you think of a way to achieve success without a goal or some other measurement of what you have done towards a target value? If so, please leave a comment below, that I might better understand your method.
Next, do you feel you are a successful person? Do you set goals, have a burning desire to achieve them, and focus your power on attaining that goal? If so, what sort of goals do you set for yourself? Are they a series of smaller goals, or is it one big goal? If you don’t feel you are successful, how do you set your goals?
Have you found that setting a goal with several smaller steps (sub-goals) allow for multiple successes on your way to the big success? Does that help you gain and maintain the momentum to achieve the final goal? I know that that has helped me in the past, and that I continue to use that method to this day.
For those who don’t feel successful, can you recall a time when you were successful? What were you doing differently then? How big are your steps to success? Are there smaller steps where you can declare success in an attempt to attain a larger goal? I imagine there is, but it’s up to you to define them.
Now I would challenge your definition of success. What if you re-defined success to be “I learned something from that experience.”? How could anything result or experience be anything other than a success with that as your definition? The only way is if you didn’t learn something from it, right?
Take a moment and consider how your last couple of days, weeks, or months have gone, and reevaluate what you consider a success and failure with this new definition. How did your life just change? Yes, you can consider yourself more successful if you get it right the first time, but it doesn’t always go that way, right?
I started work on a project car over 20 years ago. It’s still not done. Was I successful? Yes. The car may not be built (yet), but I have learned about welding, body work, and so many other skills which are part of rebuilding a car that I feel I have learned much, and am successful. That said, the car is a lower priority than my family life and other goals, so it languishes, awaiting my return.
How does your life look now? How does your past look, and (more importantly), how does your future look to you? Can you see ways to improve your view of success? Can you find ways to be more successful in your life, just by changing the size of your goals or your definition of the smaller successes?
Each day is a new start. How will you succeed going forward?