Everyone wants to be successful, but for many people success seems out of reach. People tend to blame their failures on external circumstances: bad luck, injustice, or lack of connections. This is a common misconception that prevents you from achieving what you want.

    In reality, to become successful in life, it’s enough to clearly define your goals and persistently go towards their fulfillment. In this article, we will tell you what success is and what factors prevent you from coming to it. Let’s consider the principles that will help you cope and achieve success.

    Money, fame, or a Strong Family: What Success Is?

    Success has a rather specific and clear definition. It’s the achievement of goals that result in happiness and satisfaction. These goals can be many: from professional growth to strengthening family relationships, from scientific achievements to the development of personal qualities or hobbies.

    Usually people see success as an opportunity to live the life they want, to be recognized, to have a good job, to hit a jackpot at Crazytime, and to be wealthy. Although many people think that success in life is about money, fame, good job or own business, experts and really successful people say that career and wealth are only components.

    Health, love, joy from each day, energy balance, freedom in creativity and thoughts, strong and warm relationships with family, friends and colleagues, as well as stability of emotional state — all these are also successes.

    We live in times when anyone can become successful — no matter what your social status and financial situation is at the moment of starting out. The modern world gives great opportunities for self-realization and achieving goals. However, many people still cannot find their way to success. 

    What Prevents People From Achieving Success 

    There are 4 factors that prevent a person from becoming successful:

    “What if It Doesn’t Work Out?”

    Fear of new things is natural. It’s important to be able to control it. Success comes primarily to people who are not afraid to step out of their comfort zone. They face their fear, keep moving forward and feel more and more confident with each step. Their desire for success is stronger than any fear. They act in spite of fear and simply overcome all obstacles in their way.

    “I Don’t Have Time”

    Knowing how to manage your time properly is important on the way to achieving your goal. Successful people know how to organize their day to have time to do the important things. They effectively plan tasks and allocate their time.

    “I’ll Start on Monday”

    Let’s imagine a situation: two people want to launch the same business. One has already started to deal with the project and started to make a profit, while the other is still thinking about the best moment to start and postpones it every day. This is called procrastination. Successful people don’t waste time. They make a plan with clear deadlines and follow it.

    “I’m Just Unlucky”

    Excuses are what prevent you from seizing opportunities in the here and now. Instead of waiting for the “perfect moment,” you need to take action.

    People who don’t strive for success blame everyone around them (neighbors, bosses, government, etc.), but not themselves. In fact, the path to success is open to those who take responsibility for their lives and look for ways to improve it.

    How to Succeed: 7 Tips

    Set Goals

    There is often an obstacle on the road to success: misplaced goals or a complete lack of them. A lack of goals in life leads to dependence on circumstances and inaction.

    To change the situation, it’s important to define what you want to get. Visualize your success and identify your main long-term goal. Give yourself the answer to the question, “What do I really want?”. As you take inspiration from other people’s stories, remember: success doesn’t come overnight.

    For example, Joanne Rowling, author of Harry Potter, survived 12 rejections from publishers before her books conquered the world. Her goal was clear, and she did not back down in the face of difficulties.

    These tips will help you set goals and follow through:

    • Keep a success journal. By writing down your achievements, you will see your progress and increase your motivation.
    • Clearly state your main goal. Instead of “Becoming successful”, you should set a more specific and clear goal. For example, “Open my own café with author’s cuisine within two years.” This gives a clear direction for action and helps you think through the next steps.
    • Break the goal down into steps. Plan what you need to do now to get closer to what you want. Make a list of tasks, set yourself deadlines, for example, to do everything by the end of the year.
    • Update your goals on a weekly basis. This will help you stay on track and adjust course if necessary.
    • Plan and track your results. Developing a plan and keeping records helps with self-organization and allows you to see realistic timelines for your goals.

    Be Prepared for Challenges

    There are always challenges on the road to success. Life is full of ups and downs, and not all tasks can be solved at once. It’s important to realize that success comes to those who do not lose heart after another problem. It’s necessary to go with enthusiasm to the goal, analyze and learn from your mistakes.

    Remember how a small child learns to walk: he falls hundreds of times, but each time he gets up and takes a new step. This process is full of failures, but the desire to move forward prevails over the fear of falling.

    Take difficulties as a valuable experience. Having formulated life goals, be confident in your abilities and do not expect instant results. Success takes time, effort and constant belief in yourself.

    Make sure you believe in your success and are willing to work hard. Refuse to think of luck as a miraculous escape. Failures are not about lack of luck, but about experience. Therefore, never give up.

    Less Talking, More Doing

    Most people don’t succeed because they don’t want to change and leave their comfort zone. It’s important to realize that no plan will come to fruition without a desire to change. Putting off important things leads to stagnation. There seems to be plenty of time, but ideas remain unrealized.

    If you have a goal, the first steps to its realization should be made in the first 72 hours. During this period you will be maximally energized, so don’t forget to back up your enthusiasm with action.

    How to move from words to action:

    ‍Start right away. Don’t delay getting started on your goal.‍

    • Act on the plan. Focus on the immediate objectives.‍
    • Set deadlines. This will help train yourself to work systematically.‍
    • Be specific in your goals. Define clear and understandable tasks.‍
    • Don’t wait for inspiration. Love and appreciate your work regardless of your mood.‍
    • Convince yourself to succeed. Tell yourself, “I can do it all and I can handle it all.”

    If you don’t succeed the first time, don’t consider it a failure. Be willing to try again and again. Persistence will definitely lead to success.