5 Things About Personal Success Your Teachers Didn’t Tell You

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I recently asked a group of job candidates if they thought they were successful. I found their answers interesting. Some said no, they did not consider themselves successful since they were not working in their chosen field. Others were a combination of yes and no while others were a resounding yes. They were all in similar situations but it was their outlook that determined their answers. Of course everyone’s definition of success is different and is based on our own perception.

What can you do to ensure your perceiving personal success? We know that the only thing that we can truly control is our own behaviours, emotions, thoughts, feelings. We have no control over situations or other people, only our response to them. So what can we do to ensure we are responding in the most effective way possible creating successful situations for ourselves. There is a difference between reacting and responding. Reaction is usually a knee jerk reaction, often with less effective results Responding involves thought, patience and self-control but this will be a discussion for another time.

In order to demonstrate successful qualities, here are five key points to work on to help you feel successful.

Be consistent.

Part of managing oneself is the ability to be stable. The values you hold dear should always be transparent. Always changing can not only cause others to question your beliefs, but it can also cause you to become confused about what you truly believe. Demonstrating what you stand for shows yourself and others how you choose to behave and what is important to you.

Stick to the plan.

If you are scheduled to complete a particular task, do it. Don’t just do it, but make sure it is done in a timely manner and to the best of your ability. It is easy to feel out of control when you disregard the plan you are to follow. When you stick to the plan, you are in ease and flow with less stress. You are more likely to have a thoughtful response to others rather than an overreaction when you know what is expected.

Be accountable.

There are times when things don’t work out as you plan, but you have to be able to admit that and then use your flexibility to get things back on track. The ideal result is that you easily bounce back and complete the task, but even during those times when this is not the case, you are expected to adjust. Taking ownership of tasks and problems, even when they are not your own builds trust with others. It takes a big person to admit a mistake and to also take ownership of someone else’s error.

Educate yourself.

We live in an ever-changing world and you want to be able to keep up with it. Don’t let change pass you by, embrace it. Be an avid reader. Talk and listen to mentors and peers. They may know something that could help you along your journey. Staying current with trends in the workplace or your own personal development allows you to expand and grow.

Take care of yourself.

Many people don’t think of self-care when they talk about being successful, but it is a very important part of being able to practice the four preceding points. Exercising your body is just as crucial to success as exercising your mind. A body that is not well rested, nutritionally fed, or physically exercised can lead to emotional and physical illnesses. Self-care involves many aspects. Focus on creating an epic life with your relationships, both with yourself and others; taking care of your body with exercise and good nutrition; develop your mind by continuing to learn; and fuel your spirit by doing things that bring you joy. As you begin to feel better you will notice your outlook and your life will improve.

Feelings of success can come from many directions. The goal is to always work towards something that will improve our situation and to be grateful and happy with where we are now.

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