You want to have success in your life. Be
something important, do something that changes the
world, even if only your corner of it. Do you know
how to do it? Or are you stuck, wondering what
will get you there? Chances are, you need a better
plan, and to appreciate your life where you are
now. Let's speed things up for you.
What is success, but an accomplishment of an aim
or purpose? You dream up goals for your life, and
when you achieve them you are successful. The key
first step is having goals that you want to
tackle. Not just ideas, dreams, wishes, which can
get the creative juices flowing, but real goals
with deadlines and steps to get there. If you
don't have these written down, that would be your
first step to success. Know what you want to
When you have a plan, sometimes it just stays a
plan, much like a resolution to join a gym or lose
ten pounds. It sounded great on Jan. 1, but you
have to act on the plan to make it happen. What
could be keeping you from jumping in and getting
Sometimes it's a fear of failure, or success.
These can keep you frozen, inactive. Or it may be
a lack of belief in your worth, ability,
experience, etc. You may not know what is
hindering your success, but you can circumvent it.
The magic solution is gratitude.
Gratitude is a readiness to show appreciation for
and to return kindness. And gratitude begins with
appreciating all you have right now. You can be
grateful for all you've experienced in life that
has brought you to this moment. You can even be
grateful for all the painful learning experiences
in life, for the lessons you learned.
What does this have to do with success? Well, you
need to combine the two ideas to speed up your
progress. Look first at things you've successfully
completed in the past, as simple as learning to
ride a bike to completing a marathon. Make a list.
Then add to it some current ones. Earned an award
at work, or bought a new car. We all have
countless examples of success.
Now, look over your list of 'Successes', and read
each one. After each say, "Thank you for my
success at (fill in the blank)". Make sure you do
this for each item. Make it fun. Thank other
people who supported or helped you achieve any of
them. Pretend you're giving an acceptance speech.
You may have heard that what you spend your
time/energy on multiplies. So instead of spending
time worrying or complaining about how awful
things are, turn it around and be grateful, for
everything. Especially those things you want more
of. Concentrate on appreciation and you will be
rewarded with more things to appreciate.
Now, go find (or write) your list of goals. Take
the steps to get there, celebrating with gratitude
every small success. Be thankful for the
opportunity to achieve more great things.