(Post by KAARINA DILLABOUGH)
In my previous post I asked you to do a little creative exercise to create a clear picture of what success looks like and feels like to you. If you haven’t had a chance to read that post, take a moment to do so…I’ll wait
The comments people made centered both on qualitative things, like Bill Dorman‘s “being happy in my own skin and not always wanting for more but making the most of what I do have“, Mark Harai’s “being a catalyst or resource that changes lives and fuels the success of others” and Lillian Leon‘s “being able to live my life as I choose” as well as quantitative, like Amber-Lee‘s “booking Summer Horseback Adventures in one of the most beautiful, untouched, precious places on earth” and Brian Meeks‘ “At this point in my life I have only one measure of success and that is book sales”.
What is your picture of Success in life and business?
After all, if you don’t have a clear picture of where you want to go…to quote from Lewis Carroll: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there”.
But let’s assume that you’ve got that clear picture. What are the next steps to achieve Success, in life and business?
Decide2do. In the absence of a decision – a real, true, gut-check decision, nothing will happen. Oh, you might have many wonderful ideas rattling around in your head. You might say things like “I’ll try”, or “I’m thinking about it”. But those aren’t decisions. They’re lukewarm and feeble, lacking commitment and do not specify a course of ACTION to arrive at a desired result.
So step 1 in achieving success is Making a Decision.
Step 2 is identifying many possible ways of making the first step. This is the perfect time to do some brainstorming, mind mapping or simply writing the question “What if”, and writing down lots of answers. For example, “What if I start writing the book I’ve always wanted to, but then can’t find the time to continue?” By answering “What if” questions, you can distill back to answers that will allow you to take the first step.
Step 3…Step. Just step. Do something that starts the process, and don’t be afraid that it might be the wrong step. You’ll adjust if it is. You’ll be ready for the next step if it isn’t.
And because I believe that we’re not two people in one body: one that’s living a life and one that’s working in/on a business or job, these steps can be applied in almost any situation where you’re:
- looking to make a change
- start something new
- change a habit
- seeking to fulfill a dream/goal
- leading a happier, healthier life
I could go on and on, but it’s up to each individual to decide for him/herself what Success means to them.
Decide. Identify and choose from options. Do.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below your definition of success, and the steps you’ll now take to achieve it.
Kaarina Dillabough, Amaranth, Ontario
Kaarina is a business/life coach living in Ontario, Canada. For over 25 years her high-voltage energy, expertise and experience has inspired those she has worked with to reach beyond their grasp, to attain great things in business and in life. A former Olympic sports colour commentator and coach, Kaarina parlayed her coaching skills from the gym floor to the boardroom, working with business owners to improve their profitability and prosperity. In doing so, she has seen people grow both personally and professionally. Kaarina is known as an inspiring motivational speaker in areas such as branding, marketing, business growth strategies, and personal growth and prosperity. She is a passionate, seasoned coach and accountability partner with a proven track record, who loves nothing more than helping people achieve their goals in business and in life. Check out her Blog or follow her on Facebook or Twitter. Email contact: kaarina (at) kaarinadillabough (dot) comTweet