2 In-Depth Tips on Defining Your Success and Pursuing Your Dreams

2 In-Depth Tips on Defining Your Success and Pursuing Your Dreams

by Duncan Muguku

This article will walk you through a detailed journey on defining your success and pursuing your dreams.

The road to success begins by defining in your own terms what success looks like to you.

To achieve great success in life you have to dream big and pursue your dreams.

You can quickly skim the 2 tips on the table of contents below and then click on each tip to read further details. Please enjoy reading. Thank you.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Define Success on Your Own Terms
  2. Pursuing Your Dreams

 

1. Define Success on Your Own Terms

The first step towards being successful is to define in your own terms what success means to you.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines success as – “The fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame.” A second definition is – “The correct or desired result of an attempt.”

The Oxford Dictionary defines success as – “The accomplishment of an aim or purpose” and an additional definition is – “A person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity.”

A simple definition of success is reaching a predetermined goal and accomplishing something that is of value or important to you or others which you had set out to do in the past.

You are the only person who intimately knows what you want to accomplish in life and what kind of achievement will have the greatest meaning, fulfillment and impact in your life.

What is your definition of success? My definition of success is running my own profitable businesses that have a positive impact on both my life and other people and also improves other people’s lives.

One simple way to define your own success is to start by writing down the following six questions:

  1. What do I want to accomplish in life?
  2. Why do I want to accomplish it?
  3. When will I accomplish it?
  4. Where will I accomplish it?
  5. How will I accomplish it?
  6. How will I know that I have accomplished it?

Then write down your answers to each of the six questions.

Your answers need not be perfect; they should simply point you towards the destination that you want to arrive at.

Keep looking at your success definition often and keep tweaking it as appropriate.

The “how will I accomplish it” question is the hardest to figure out upfront but your reasons for wanting to succeed will keep you hanging in there as you chart a path.

Your internal compass, ambition and desire will guide and lead you in the direction of your pursuit.

Your reason for doing it will keep you going.

This is your why, your passion, your vision, your desire, your urge to do what you are doing and continue doing it regardless of the time it takes or the challenges you face along the way.

It is the will to keep fighting, learning, tweaking and enduring to make it through.

Your definition of success should be a source of motivation to energize you to get started and keep working on your success journey.

Aim to be the very best success that you possibly can be based on your success definition.

Be the very best at what you do and know why you do what you do.

Examples of success can include being the very best that you can be at an activity such as cooking, painting, gardening, singing, acting, starting a business, teaching, swimming, writing, managing, leading, coding, designing, coaching, blogging, being a good provider for your family, making a difference in your community etc.

Set for yourself high standards of aspirations, excellence and achievement.

Utilize your skills, abilities and talents towards something specific that you are committed to doing.

The next step is to arm yourself with knowledge and information regarding your desired area of success. Research and find out what you need to do to achieve your success.

Success should not necessarily be in one single thing in your life it can also be a few specific areas or things that you want to pursue and accomplish.

Success is thinking of yourself like a snowflake that is at the top of a mountain and your job is to attach yourself to other snowflakes as you roll down the mountain until you become a tremendous force that will burst right through obstacles on your path to success.

Success is about getting that extra push in life.

Success is not a one-off or overnight activity or event; rather it is a lifelong process where the goal is to always keep getting better and better each day.

Then pushing your new self forward to be capable of elevating and propelling you towards achieving what you care about in life.

Success also includes any set of actions or steps that you actively take to improve yourself.

The objective being that your current self becomes better than your former self i.e. you become better today than you were yesterday, or one year ago, or five years ago.

Important ingredients of success include improving our contribution to the people and environment that surrounds us.

One of the best investments that you can make is to invest in improving yourself.

Self-improvement is achieved through working on yourself and through working with others and through others.

Nobody is self-sufficient, we all need others.

At all times have a mental image of what it is you want to achieve, imagine yourself as having achieved it and see yourself as a success.

Summary:

  • Success is reaching a predetermined goal and accomplishing something that is of value or important to you or others which you had set out to do in the past.
  • You are the only person who intimately knows what you want to accomplish in life and what kind of achievement will have the greatest meaning, fulfillment and impact in your life.
  • Success should not necessarily be in one single thing in your life it can also be a few specific areas or things that you want to pursue and accomplish.

 

2. Pursuing Your Dreams

How big are your dreams?

What is the greatest thing that you want to achieve in your life?

At the end of your life what do you want to be your proudest achievement?

What do you want to be remembered for? What should be your legacy? What kind of success do you want?

Your big dream should inspire you to take the necessary action to achieve it.

Take it a step further and encourage and inspire others to dream big as well. Challenge yourself to dream bigger. Decide that you want more fulfilment for yourself.

The goal of dreaming big is to create a better life for yourself and others.

You have the right to dream big. You have the right to dream big illogical, irrational and unreasonable dreams.

Your big dream is the blueprint and foundation for your future self. You are the architect, draw out your dream.

Allow yourself to build big castles in the air. Daydream.

Your dream is the destination of where you want to be in the future.

When you are dreaming, do not worry about how you will achieve the dream, for now just focus on seeing the big dream in your mind as clearly as you can.

Imagine endless possibilities for your life, your career, your family and the world.

Scare yourself with your imagination. Visualize new and bold things and ideas.

Many people do not dare to think big because they think or believe that their big dreams will not work out, but what if you dream big and your dreams work out?

Wouldn’t it be sad to know that you went through life without trying to pursue your dreams yet perhaps if you had dared to pursue them you could have achieved great heights of excellence and success?

Regrets for not pursuing your dreams should be the last thing on your mind.

Is impossible a common word for you? Are you held back from dreaming big by thoughts such as you are not good enough or not capable enough? Get past limitations.

Use words that empower and encourage you to emit success energy. Visualize the outcomes that you want in your life.

Zoom in on a few big ideas or one specific big idea that has the greatest meaning for you.

Think long term; think about all the pieces of the puzzle that are needed to make your big idea work over time.

Set ambitious goals for yourself.

Ask yourself good thoughtful questions, analyze your assumptions, moves and choices then make strategic decisions.

Imagine and anticipate. Look within yourself and also look outside yourself for sources of inspiration.

By daring to dream big and going forward to reach for your dreams you in turn inspire others to dare to dream big and aim to attain the highest purpose of their life.

If you are not dreaming big and imagining a big vision for your life take a moment to ask yourself seriously what is holding you back from dreaming big?

If you knew that you couldn’t fail at all what is the ultimate thing that you would aim to do in your life? What is your ultimate potential?

You will not know how high you can go in life if you don’t venture out of your comfort zone.

Your dreams should not be limited by your circumstances, experiences, surroundings, fears or other people.

Write down your big dreams.

Believe that your dream is achievable and identify steps to work towards achieving your big dream.

A dream is like a seed planted on the ground that needs constant watering and nurturing so that it can grow.

The bigger the dream the more exciting it is. You also work much harder to attain the dream and you grow as a person in the process.

Spread your wings and go beyond the limits in your mind. At the same time keep in mind that achieving a big dream is not easy; it takes time, effort and great determination.

Summary:

  • To achieve great success in life you have to dream big. Your big dream should inspire you to take the necessary action to achieve the dream.
  • The goal of dreaming big is to create a better life for yourself and others. Imagine endless possibilities for your life, your career, your family and the world.
  • Your big dream is the blueprint and foundation for your future self. You are the architect, draw out your dream.

 

Additional Resources on Defining Your Success and Pursuing Your Dreams

  1. The First Step Toward Success Is Defining Success For Yourself
  2. 3 Steps to Define Success on Your Own Terms
  3. 5 Steps To Defining Your Own Success
  4. 6 Steps to Writing Your Own Definition of Success
  5. How Do You Define Success?
  6. How 9 Incredibly Successful People Define Success
  7. 15 Reasons to Start Following Your Dream Today
  8. 7 Things To Keep In Mind While You Pursue Your Dreams
  9. 11 Reasons Why It’s Important to Follow Your Dreams
  10. 7 Things Stopping You From Pursuing Your Impossible Dreams

 

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