What are the hallmark characteristics of success? For most people, these three strategies would top their lists: luck, opportunity, and resources (financial and otherwise).
But, wait a minute — doesn’t that list describe people who are already successful?
What does it take to become successful in the first place – starting from scratch? In particular, what does it take to find success in endeavors having nothing to do with business or money?
To begin with, you must define your goals. If you desire health improvements, what would your goals list look like? Eating better, implementing fitness routines, and managing your stress should top your list. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, lists are a great way to reinforce new behaviors. Writing down your goals helps to put them into action. Goals are ever-changing so as you cross out and make changes to your list, consider it progress!
Here’s a favorite mantra: GOALS + ACTION = SUCCESS.
Many people stumble on the “action” part of this equation. If that’s you, take heart. That describes most of us! Many people choose to believe that the “action” step is one act. Meaning, they either do or do not follow through on their goals. This isn’t the case at all! This notion is simply self-defeating.
The “action” step is not one act, but many, many subsequent acts. It’s choosing to make better choices each and every day. When you stumble, get back up. If you make a food decision that’s not-so-good, make a better one next time. If you miss your workout at the gym, take a nice walk after dinner instead. If you’re stressed out, choose to take part in activities that help you unwind such as tai chi, yoga, prayer/meditation, journaling, etc. It’s the choices you make that take you where you want to go.
When healthy goals become your priority, the steps along the way become clearer, and easier to follow. Healthy habits are the result.
When asked for my favorite successful characteristic, tenacity tops the list. Tenacity is the fervent desire to see something come to fruition. Do you fervently want to see improved health? Is it your priority? If so, then your consistent actions will show that it truly is your heart’s desire. Will your actions show perfection? Of course not! But when you make healthy choices more often than not, healthier days are coming your way.
Begin right now by writing down (and signing!) your goals list. Top your list with this wise quote:
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle
Don’t forget to tell me about your success strategies!