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  • Writer's pictureMichael A Cassar

How to Define What Success is For You

Every person is unique, having different values and goals. That's why each person should have their own definition of success. My definition of success may not work for you and vice versa. Defining success for yourself gives you a customized goal to shoot for. The following exercises will help you determine what success means to you.

Create a Mission Statement

Create a mission or vision statement for your life. This is a common thing for families to do together too. A mission statement gives you a reference to turn to before making life-changing decisions for you and your family.

Make SMART Goals

Creating goals that are effective is imperative if you really want to succeed in life. Document your goals in precise terms that are measurable. Make sure the goal and deadline you set are realistic in terms of being achievable. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound.

Create a Vision Board

One way to figure out what success means to you is to create a vision board depicting what you want your life to look like in the long term. Use the vision board to show the end results of projects you are working on that will get you closer to your long-term life goals.

Let Go of The Fear of Failure

Even if you do everything right, things can happen to derail things. Sometimes you make plans based on mistaken information, sometimes through no fault of your own, something just goes wrong. When things go haywire, embrace them. Learn from them and keep moving forward.

Get Control of Your Finances

Possibly, the most significant obstacle to success, no matter how you define it, is money. To be clear, you don’t need money to be successful and in fact can be quite successful without much of it. However, you need money to live and when you don't have enough, you become stressed and anxious. This is what will interfere with your success. By keeping control of your finances, money related stress is not an obstacle.

To fully define success for yourself, you must first know what you want in life, what you stand for morally, and what your values are. While some people can end up successful without a plan, you’re much more likely to achieve your goals quicker and easier with a plan.

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