Steps to Success

First Step

Success means something different to everyone. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with so many different options and pressures. Yet, what it comes down to is just a few simple steps to keep you focused.

Steps to Success:
1. Define what success means to you
2. Set achievable objectives with a definitive time frame
3. Research your area of interest
4. Identify personal strengths and weaknesses
5. Write and implement an action plan
6. Assess your actions and revise your action plan

The first step is the most important. Your individual definition of success will set the parameters for your objectives. Next, the key element for setting your objectives is to establish a clear time frame for achieving each measurable goal. If you are unsure about what time frames or measures are realistic and attainable, researching your area of interest will provide you with some background information. You may discover that your objectives have changed and this provides you with the opportunity to revise your goals.

Research will also lead to providing you with a clearer understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses. Identifying what you are good at and what you need to work on will tie into your action plan. I find it helpful to write down exactly what I am going to do and visualize myself in that space. You can then assess your actions and revise your plan based on your evaluation of the results. Remember that your plan is a work in progress. You should be reviewing each step as you go along.

Visualize, implement, learn from mistakes.

You don’t have to be able to see the whole staircase; you just have to take the first step.

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