The desire of every living being on earth is to be successful? If I may ask; what do you stand to gain if you are not successful? If you are not “successful” in life, you may live at the mercy of others. As human beings, one of our primary aims in life is to be successful. This is because once you are successful, you will attract opportunities. Isn’t it true that success attracts many fathers while failure is an orphan? Success in itself is not easy, you must desire it. Success is like money which if you don’t desire, you won’t get it.
What does it mean for a person to be successful? In my humble opinion, being successful means achieving your desired visions and planned goals. During the course of this article, we shall be discussing how we can desire success while attracting it. In one of the articles I wrote a few years ago entitled The Relativity of Success, I shared valuable information on what success means to different people. For example, Mr. A’s definition of success is different from Mr. B’s definition of success. This is because what Mr. A likes may differ from what Mr. B likes. This is why most people engage in difference businesses, disciplines and careers in life. They do this because they have figured out who they are, their interest and how they want to be remembered.
Amidst all this, one outstanding difference among all successful people is that they made conscious decision and choice to achieve success. They didn’t just wake up and became successful. No, they put in the work while desiring a positive result.
Everyone has a desire to be successful. However, with most people, the focus generally tends towards career success. Personal life success is also important. For you to be successful, you must plan and work towards it. For example, all successful people had a burning desire that made them wake up every morning and pursue their dreams.
If you are asked, what do you desire most in life, what will be your response? Money, title, children, academic qualification, etc. In order for you to desire and achieve success, you must be passionate about a particular area of life.
How we can desire and achieve success:
1. Find your passion and purpose: This is the starting point of all interest and desire in life. This is where your imagination and subconscious mindset come in. Whatever you want to do in life, starts with a thought. Whether you are a student, businessman/woman, career professional, artisan, politician or even comedian; you must desire to get to the pinnacle of your career. Let me share a hidden secret with you; just like you can’t serve two masters at the same time and give them apt attention, the same way you can’t have passion for two areas of life and expect to get the same result. Once you distinguish yourself from an area of life, you will have the leverage to engage in another industry. Just like having streams of income, one of the income may serve as door opener which brings other business opportunities to you. Hence, as a matter of advice, always spend a considerable amount of time on your passion and then spend a little bit of time managing other areas of interest.
2. Set your Goals: Once you discover your passion, the next target is to set your goals and work towards achieving it. Goals are very important in life. You can do this by seeking knowledge as opposed to results. The results will gradually come down when people see how knowledgeable you are. Your goals help to discipline you by making you focus on your set objectives. Once your goals are properly set, don’t just look for money immediately, your primary aim should be to provide values and services by solving problems to your targeted audience. Once you do, gradually, resources will begin to come your way. Your goals help you to stay committed in addition to being motivated. Once you are committed to a task, it is easy for people to identify and support you.
3. Surround Yourself with Positive People: You may have heard of the saying, if you are the smartest person in the room, leave the room and if ten of your friends are millionaires, you are next in life. What this literally means is that your network determines your net worth. Good friends help to inspire you with empowering information and mentorship. Once you have a good team you are working with, there’s high probability you will be successful. Isn’t it true that if you want to go fast in life, go alone, but if you want to go far, go with a team?
4. Create a study/strategic plan: This is by far one of the most resourceful ways of achieving success. If you are serious about your plan, you must be strategic about providing new ideas on how to leverage the market. Some of the ways you can achieve this are by learning new skills necessary for business, networking with the right people/associations/organizations; and being educated.
If you have a burning interest in something or a burning desire to do something, you will make out time to do it. Everybody is busy in life, but we only make out time for what we desire/want to do and then make an excuse for what we don’t want to do.
In conclusion, do you desire for success? If yes, what are you doing to achieve it?
Henry Ukazu writes from New York. He works with New York City Department of Correction as the legal Coordinator. He’s the author of the acclaimed book Design Your Destiny – Actualizing Your Birthright To Success.