Journey to Success
“Your chief purpose in life is to succeed”
Defining Your Journey to Success: Pursuing and getting what you want in life without violating the rights of others
Your journey to success requires you to be in agreement with and to work in the direction of a particular path or goal. When people are uncertain of their direction, they tend to act in a misaligned fashion. They wander around, one step forward, one step backward, and generally get in their own way. In order to accomplish anything, they need continuous outside directions from clergy, life coaches, teachers, mentors, etc. who say, “Do this”, “Do that”, “Go this way”.
Some people may have multiple goals that may conflict with one another. For instance, they want to go to the movies but not by themselves. They want a loving relationship or family but are not willing to change or make sacrifices necessary to have them. They want to lose weight but are not willing to decrease calorie consumption or exercise. They want to earn money but are not willing to work. They want a high paying degree but are unwilling to study. These contradictions create confusion in their lives. The confusion becomes so overwhelming that they end up doing nothing. The end result is limited, if any, achievement; limited success; poor health; and unhappiness.
Choosing your journey to success goal should not be some arbitrary thing. It is not done by a flip of the coin or by an opportunistic turn of events. It is not done to please another person.
Since we are a bit different, it is important that you follow the unconventional journey to success and set a just-for-you goal (a JFY-goal).
How do I do this?
You do this by using a big helping of reason liberally seasoned with intuition. It is reasonable, because you sincerely feel you can achieve it. It is intuitive, because it simply feels right. A JFY-goal excites and scares you when you think about it. It appears totally out of reach. It empowers you. It brings you to life. It sizzles! It provides you with the creative energy for its own attainment and your life seems impossible without it.
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Imagining what it would feel like to achieve the JFY-goal will tap into the courage and determination to accomplish it.
If you wonder if your chosen success goals are JFY-goals, notice how you feel when you pursue them. Activity spent in the pursuit of a JFY-goal is enjoyable and absorbing. Time is forgotten. Work is pleasurable. The pursuit of your JFY-goal is its own reward.
On the flip-side, a non JFY-goal is something you have to do while waiting to get to what you want to do. You become exhausted and time seems to literally stand still. The work is grueling and the payoff is stress.
How do I get there?
Success is more than economic gains, titles, and degrees. Planning your journey to success is about mapping out all the aspects of your life.
Similar to a map, you need to define the following details: origin, destination, vehicle, backpack, landmarks, and route.
Origin: Who you are?
A map has a starting point. Your starting point is who you are right now. Most people when asked to introduce themselves would say, “Hi, I’m Jean and I am a 37-year old, manager.” It does not tell you about who Jean is; it only tells you her present preoccupation. To gain insights about yourself, you need to look closely at your beliefs, values, and principles aside from your economic, professional, cultural, and civil status. Moreover, you can also reflect on your experiences to give you insights on your good and not-so-good traits, skills, knowledge, strengths, and weaknesses. Upon introspection, you may find that what you are currently doing is or is not a JFY-goal for you.
Destination: A vision of who you want to be
“Who do want to be?” this is your vision. Now it is important that you know yourself so that you would have a clearer idea of who you want to be; and the things you want to change whether they are attitudes, habits, or points of view. If you hardly know yourself, then your vision and targets for the future would also be unclear. Your destination should cover all the aspects of your being: the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. Take the time to define your beliefs, values, and principles in life.
Please understand the difference between “being” and “having”. Go to character traits and find those that appeal to you and make them a part of who you wish to be. Take on the habits of someone who exudes the character traits you’ve chosen, it’s called modeling.
Fill in the blanks:
In order for me to be the person I choose to be, I must develop these character traits ______________________________________________. In doing so, Iwill model _____________________________________.
Vehicle: Your Mission
A vehicle on this journey is the means by which you can reach your destination. It can be analogized to your mission or vocation in life. To a great extent, your mission would depend on what you know about yourself.
Fill in the blanks:
My mission in life is to become___________ so that I can_____________. This mission will serve others by_________________.
Travel Bag: Your knowledge, skills, and attitude
Food, drinks, medicines, and other traveling necessities are contained in a bag. Applying this concept to your life's journey to success map, you also bring with you certain knowledge, skills, and attitudes. These determine your competence and help you in attaining your vision. Given such, there is a need for you to assess what knowledge, skills, and attitudes you have at present and what you need to gain along the way. This two-fold assessment will give you insights on your landmarks or measures of success.
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I realize that in order to achieve my mission, I need to gain knowledge and skills on _____________ so that I can become a ____________________.
Landmarks and Route: S.M.A.R.T. objectives
Landmarks confirm if you are on the right track while the route determines the travel time. Thus, in planning out your life, you also need to have landmarks and a route. These landmarks are your measures of success. These measures must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. Thus you cannot set two major landmarks such as earning a master’s degree and a doctorate degree within a period of three years, since the minimum number of years to complete a master’s degree is two years.
Specific. Achieving life's journey to success goals demands focus. Our mind needs specific targets to work effectively. It can't operate well with vague generalities. State exactly what you wish to accomplish.
Measurable. Many people set goals they'll never know whether or not they've attained. "To be successful--to be more knowledgeable," aren't goals because there's no benchmark. Be sure to have measurable goals with a deadline.
Actionable. It's much easier to measure things being done. What are the action-steps you’ll take in the process of achieving your goal?
Realistic. This is your call. What's realistic to you may not be to someone else. Your objective has to be within the realm of YOUR believability. If you can't envision yourself doing it, you won't.
Timely. A goal must have a target date. If you desire to make a million dollars, but don't set the timeline for it, it won't be motivating. A deadline too far in the future is too easily put off. A goal that's set too close is not only unrealistic, it's discouraging.
Anticipate Turns, Detours, and Potholes
The purpose of your life's journey to success map is to minimize hasty and spur-of-the-moment decisions that can make you lose your way. But oftentimes our plans are modified along the way due to some inconveniences, delays, and other situations beyond our control.
Like in any path, the road to success is full of turns, detours, potholes, and generally is, obstructed by many environmental influences, thus; we must anticipate them, remove them, and adjust accordingly.
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