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I’ve personally never met someone who hasn’t had or doesn’t currently have success on their mind. I do believe we all have unique and different views on what success means to us, but nonetheless success is something that we strive for. The definition of success; based on my google search of the word, is “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.”
I think back to those first instances that I was asked in elementary school about what I wanted to be when I grew up. My answer was clear, become a professional athlete. And for the remainder of my child, adolescent and young adult life, I pursued that with an unrelenting desire. However, as I reflect on those moments now in my adult and professional life, what I find to be resounding is how the question of success stopped there.
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller
With that being said, I believe that success can be broken down into three questions that you should be able to definitively answer as you embark on your journey of professional and personal success:
1. What’s Your Big Goal?
Defining that “one” thing you want to achieve whether it be financial freedom, time freedom, starting your own business, or earning a certain dollar figure in your career is an important first step to take. By doing so, you narrow your vision to a more myopic mentality that helps keep you focused on the tasks at hand.
2. What’s Your Non-Negotiables?
This is perhaps the most important question you have to answer with unequivocal certainty. What are the things you will not waiver from on your journey to obtaining success or your big goal?
For example, my non-negotiables are No Negativity Allowed; a concept I borrowed from Grant Cardone, read one new book every month, and Sundays are spent with family and not with business. I committed to these non-negotiables and make them very clear every morning by writing them down first thing in the morning in my planner.
“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
3. What Are You Willing To Sacrifice?
If you are really going for your big goal/goals then you will have to sacrifice something. That sacrifice could be time with friends, television, eating out, or having that refreshing pint of beer in the middle of the week. Whatever it is, you have to know what you are willing to give up for the success that you want to achieve. Identify these things and then just like everything else, write them down daily as a constant reminder of just how important achieving success is to you.
Success is not easy. I believe it’s something I’m always going after as I continue to grow professionally and personally in my life. However, one of the most important things I could have done for myself to truly understand what success was for me and get the clear picture of what I have to do in order to achieve it was to answer the three questions discussed above. By answering them, making them a consistent part of my daily routine, and writing them down every single day keeps me grounded, myopic, and focused on what I’m working towards.
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