Step 1 – Clarify your destination – Define Success for you. It is important that it is your definition and not one you borrowed from your parents or society. What does success look like? What are the symbols and feelings? Who are the people you have helped or connected with? Write down your definition of success.
Step 2 – Prioritize 3 Steps Necessary to Reach Your Destination – What are the 3 most important steps you need to take reach success as you have defined it? Write them down and review them and your definition of success every morning.
Step 3 – Create Happiness – You can create a life filled with moments of happiness. Recognize them and appreciate them. You are surrounded by opportunities for happiness, reach out and grab them.
a) Identify the Moments –Pause and think about what you have to be happy about. Focus on what is good in your life. Remember the best moments from the day before, what you have to be grateful for, and why today will be a good day.
b) Take Control – don’t be a victim of the driver that cut you off or the rude person at the supermarket. You choose how you will react to the life’s challenges. You can smile and ignore them or let them determine your mood for the rest of the day.
c) Nurture Positive Relationships – Positive relationships fulfill us and highly influence our happiness. Give your heart and soul to these relationships and expect nothing in return. Our happiness comes from what we give to relationships not from what we get.
Step 4 – Take Daily Action – Every day work on at least one of the steps that will lead to your definition of success. Every day take time to seize a moment of happiness.
Happiness and Success happen daily, not eventually. Work on them each day and you will build a happy and successful life.