Secrets to Success

What is success?

I thought about this recently when I was having a chat to my fifteen year old son about what gets him out of bed every morning. Apart from walking into the obvious answer, as you would get from a fifteen year old, of “My alarm clock”, I challenged him on what his passion was and what he wants to do when he leaves school. Whilst he didn’t have a definite answer as to what that was, he wanted to be SUCCESSFUL at whatever he chose to do. This is a great start!

The Secrets to Success

The below are by no means the complete list, but are common attributes from successful people I’ve spoken to and observed, clients I work with on a daily basis and how Donna and I go about our own vision of success for our future and the future of our family.

  1. They have defined what success means to them.

As Zig Ziglar once said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”

Those wanting to achieve success have defined it. They know what they want, when they want it by and what it looks like when they get there. Regardless of whether it’s buying their first home, saving for a holiday or wanting to be financially independent in the future they have a picture of what it looks. Some people, literally, have a picture of what they want to achieve. It’s their GOAL and it’s important.

  1. They have worked out how to succeed daily.

Whatever they want to achieve, they’ve worked out what they need to do on a daily basis to achieve it. The easy example of this is a savings target, if you want to save for that $5,000 holiday in twelve months’ time then you need to put away $13.70 a day to achieve it. You might have to think twice about buying you’re third coffee for the day as it’s going to reduce your chances of achieving your goal.

  1. They are determined to succeed.

Their achievement of success is important. If they don’t achieve what they’ve set out to then it’s a problem for them. Let’s face it, if you’re going to aim for something and you don’t care whether you get there or not then it’s not a goal.

  1. They have reviewed how they are tracking to achieving their success.

They check in on whether they are on track to achieving their goals on a regular basis. This isn’t a set and forget strategy for them. Things change in their lives. Things change on stuff they don’t have control over. All this can have an impact on where they are headed so they like to confirm, revise and/or update their plans.

  1. They have asked for help

They can’t do everything. They don’t have the time and/or the knowledge. This is why they surround themselves with Financial Advisers, Accountants, Solicitors, and Mortgage Brokers etc. etc. They want to make sure they are making the right financial decisions at the right time. They also want to make sure that once the decision is made to do something, it gets done in a timely fashion, typically quicker than if they were to try and do it themselves. There is no time for procrastination!

Books have been written on this topic so I don’t want to go on and on about it but hopefully you’ve got something out of this.

How important is to you and your family to be SUCCESSFUL?

I know my fifteen year old son will be successful in whatever he decides to do and I am extremely proud of him and all our three boys.

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