Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.

– “Grandma” Moses

Everyone desires to be successful, even if their dreams and aspirations may differ from those of others. However, many think it’s too difficult or impossible to achieve goals. The truth is that success is accessible to all. In this article, learn a few simple yet effective keys to success.

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Define What Success is to You

The first step to being successful is knowing what success means to you. Everyone has their perceptions of success. What one desires is different from someone else. You need to clarify what your visions and aspirations are.

As a broad definition, success is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. However, only you can determine what this purpose is.

This step is essential because, without it, you may spend your time and resources on things that don’t fulfil you. A definite goal helps you shape your life’s path. 

After determining what success is for you, be confident in your path. There are no goals too small nor too big. It’s okay if what you desire is different from your peers or from what society presents as success. As long as you find fulfilment in it, stand firm.

Have the Right Mindset

You won’t be successful if you don’t believe you can. Although many factors can impact your journey to success, you are the most influential one. Your mind can be either your greatest asset or enemy. Here are a few things you can do, so you can be an asset to yourself:

Believe in yourself: believe that you can realise the goals you have set. You will only get external help and support if you are confident and have faith in your abilities.

Stop making excuses: the path to success can be challenging. It requires sacrifices and hard work. Be willing to do what is necessary to reach your goals. If you face difficulties, shift your mind to focus on finding solutions instead of complaining about the problems.

Accept changes: life doesn’t always go to plan. Choose to make the most of your current circumstances instead of focusing on the “if only”. Although some changes have a more profound impact, you can always forge a way. It may not look like your initial plan, but that’s okay.

Stay Motivated

Your motivation is what pushes you towards your goals. There’s a reason why you want to do “this” and not “that”. For example, you want to have your own business because you want to be the one in control of your time and income. This reason gives you the energy to put in the necessary work. 

Motivation helps you overcome challenges and push the limits. It allows you to thrive, boosts your confidence and helps you to grow in your journey. When you are motivated, you perform well. Your good performance encourages you and creates a positive cycle that leads to success.

As life happens, we don’t always find the motivation to move forward. Do these to stay motivated:

  1. Review your goals from time to time
  2. Write down your reason and look at it when your motivation is low
  3. Find a support system to encourage
  4. Surround yourself with driven and positive people
  5. Take care of yourself.

Nonetheless, it’s okay to take a break from time to time. Check this article on the importance of health for your success. 

Plan Your Way to Success

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”, said Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. You cannot achieve your goals without proper planning. This means creating the path that takes you from where you are to where you want to be. It’s a process of determining the best course of action to achieve your objectives. To plan properly, follow these steps:

  1. Know what you want to achieve
  2. Determine what you need to do to reach your goals
  3. Figure out the resources you may need
  4. Be specific and realistic about the actions you want to take
  5. Create actionable steps
  6. Set measurable milestones
  7. Learn to manage your time efficiently.

It’s also important to be flexible in your planning. It’s okay to adjust your plans according to your needs and circumstances. Don’t beat yourself up if something doesn’t go as anticipated. Keep working until you arrive at your destination.

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Practice Self-Discipline

You can have the right motivation and the perfect plan, but without discipline, you’ll accomplish nothing. Self-discipline is the ability to do what’s necessary despite how you feel. Granted, this doesn’t mean not being aware of your physical, emotional or mental state. It simply means not using them as an excuse to do nothing.

Self-discipline reflects in all the choices you make every time you face a situation. It’s the difference between staying in bed all day and getting up to exercise, for example. You don’t let your feelings dictate your actions, because feelings are fleeting and unreliable. Do what you ought to do, even if you don’t feel like it. If you find it difficult to have discipline, apply these tips: 

  1. Keep your goals in mind
  2. Break your to-do list into small tasks
  3. Start an immediate activity within 5 seconds of thinking about doing it
  4. Give yourself five minutes to focus on the task
  5. Eliminate distractions and temptations
  6. Get an accountability partner
  7. Learn from your mistakes and keep going.

“With self-discipline, most anything is possible.” – Theodore Roosevelt. Stay away from what delays your journey to success and put all your energy into achieving your goals.

Keep Learning

Life is an ongoing learning process. Whatever you want to achieve, you will have to learn something new. Always have in mind that you don’t know nearly enough and seek to discover more every day. Here is a list of books we recommend to help you become successful:


Many people want to know how to be successful. The journey can be challenging, but with the right mindset, you can realise your dreams. Stay true to yourself, and you will achieve your own vision of success.

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