Being successful in your life can have a huge impact in the way you feel about yourself. To me, being successful means that I have set my mind on something I want to achieve; say to myself; “I can do all things I can do, but first I must say I CAN; and then try, try and try again to complete that goal. Failure is not an option to me.
Oh, sure, I’ve gotten bruised from all the roadblocks I run into. Sometimes, it’s kind of hard to get back on the horse when you’ve fallen off; but to be successful, you need to never give up trying. It’s just like when I was a young child and wanted to ride a bike.
My bicycle had training wheels on it which I detested. So, what did I do? At that time we lived next to a dirt road. I “borrowed” my sister’s 26″ bike and went up and down that road more times than you could shake a stick at. It didn’t matter to me that the bike was way too big for me. What mattered to me was that I learned how to ride that darn ‘ole bike, even though I fell time and time again; and you know what? I did it! I learned how to ride that bike using true grit and lots of Band-Aids. From that experience I learned that being successful is possible in 4 different areas of your life. Let’s take a look at what those areas are.
To put a better definition to what being successful is, I turned to a dictionary and found that success means having achieved a goal. According to Brian Tracy,
“Happiness has been defined as, “The progressive achievement of a worthy ideal, or goal.” When you are working progressively, step-by-step toward something that is important to you, you generate within yourself a continuous feeling of success and achievement.”
There are generally 4 different areas of your life where you can work towards being successful:
1) Personal Success
Your definition of what personal success means may be different than mine. Generally I think of personal success as achieving goals that I set for myself and being happy with the results; and if I’m not happy with the results, then I try, try and try again until I am happy. You could decide that you want to lose 5 pounds. When you achieve that goal, you have achieved personal success. I like what Jeanie Douthitt said in her article, What is Your Personal Definition of Success –
“Success is about who you are on the inside.”
It’s all about what is going to make you happy doing what you do.
2) Sales Success
I think of every person as being a salesperson. Anytime you try to persuade a family member, friend, or client to do what you are suggesting, you are selling to them. Some examples might be, “Hey Sarah, let’s go do some shopping.” This might be oversimplified, but you are going to “sell” her on the idea of going shopping. If you are a small business owner, you are looking to getting your customers or clients to purchase your products or services. I once read somewhere that sales need a plan, a process for achieving that plan, tracking your progress and then refining and trying again. Sales success would be how you met your goal of “selling” to that person.
3) Business Success
Business success can overlap into both personal success and sales success. Business success takes it even further. There can be a whole host of other dimensions that can enter into the picture. Let’s take a look at a few of them:
A & B have been addressed briefly above.
Competition is fierce in the business world. Are you making a profit, or are you losing money. Are you doing better than a year ago? Do you have established goals for the upcoming future? And, what about SMB Change Management – Do You Embrace It Or Run From It?
This section can include several different areas. The goals in this area can definitely be measured and can include such things as whether or not you practice good environmental practices or contributing to charitable organizations. I have one more section to include here though that many people do not even think of. What are your goals with social media? Do you go out of your way to include social media in your goals? Do you help people that are looking for guidance in your niche? Are you a member of groups or communities? Do you share information that you believe others could benefit from?
When you first started out in your business, the chances are that you included in your business plan how long you expected to be in business. Are you there yet? Have you changed your strategy so you could better succeed in that goal? Perhaps you decided to change your niche altogether. Were you happy with the choices you made? If not, what can you do so you can be happy?
F. Customer Satisfaction
It’s been said many a time that customers are the backbone of your company. If you don’t have happy customers or clients, then chances are that you won’t survive very long. The long of the short is that you need to make them happy – so you can be happy.
G. Employee Satisfaction
Depending on the size of your company and whether or not you have employees or freelancers working for you, you need to plan on keeping them happy. Especially now, it’s not easy for people in the workforce these days. The stress they undergo to make a living and take care of their families can be overwhelming. Being successful in this area means you help to make it easier for them so they are happier. Why would you want to do this? Well, a happy and satisfied employee lessens the chance that you will be unhappy because you’ll need to hire someone to take their place if it becomes too much for them and their work standards decrease in value.
4) Leadership Success
The final area for our article on how being successful occurs in four areas of your life is all about being successful in leadership. This can mean many things to many people but I like what Wikipedia says:
“Leadership has been described as “a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”.
How do you lead? Have you taken a look at your goals in this area to see if the results are what you wish them to be? Why not take the first step to being successful. Being successful is possible in all 4 different areas of your life – personal, sales, business & leadership. It is up to you. Why not say it now: I CAN! Then get out there and start the steps to being successful in all areas of your life.
Pam Lokker is a master writer and a virtual assistant professional. While we are not currently taking on new clients, Borlok Virtual Assistants has been the place to get global expert VA services with quality and on-time delivery for many years.