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What do people want when they talk about being successful? Some of us might want things such as a yacht or a jet. Others want to feel like they belong and have great relationships with their family and loved ones.
We end up wanting things without knowing exactly why. We end up creating images in our heads of what it would be like to own these things, to have these relationships, to live these lives, but we casually ignore the negative things that are bound to challenge us along the way.
Here are 5 ways to find success right now:
1. Excavate before you begin building
Just as you wouldn’t build a skyscraper before excavating deeply underground the construction site and setting the foundation, you wouldn’t start to develop the foundation for a successful life without first understanding where you come from and what drives you. Dig deep to understand what core truths truly motivate you and what you really care about before you start building yourself up.
2. Create a strong network
Consider what the journey towards success would be without a strong network. Without security and a strong foundation, you won’t be able to weather the storm when inevitable challenges come your way on the path to great success. In order to be truly successful, you must also be willing to share your victories and your defeats with others.
You need to build this strong network and ecosystem which will support you in times of need and through times of plenty.
3. Strengthen your monkey mind
Take responsibility for the habits you choose to strengthen and cultivate and be ruthless with the habits you choose to cut out. The Basal Ganglia is the part of the brain responsible for the development of habits, while the Prefrontal Cortex is the part of the brain responsible for complex decision making and thought processes.
The Basal Ganglia is effectively the less developed, most basic part of the brain. This “monkey mind” must be strengthened by building strong habits if you want to teach your subconscious to focus on the right things at the right times.
4. Shoot for the moon
As the saying goes, “shoot for the moon, so you’ll land among the stars.” I honestly hate this saying, as I think it tends to sound cheesy, but it illustrates the point well. If you aim for a big goal, you will be more likely to reach some level of success and acclaim no matter what happens.
So, when you’re aiming for something big, don’t half-ass it, make a bold announcement, loop in your supporters, and try to change the world. Sometimes when you aim big, you’ll be surprised by who jumps in to lend a hand.
5. Stay Passionate
One of the most important factors that define true success is the ability to do something on a regular basis that brings you joy. While your job won’t always be interesting, and all things done with regularity become monotonous, you should strive to find what makes your heart sing about the work you do and the world in which you live.
Only if you are able to tap into what makes your heart truly sing will you be able to call yourself a success in your daily life. Don’t ask yourself what you love about your job, or even what made you first get interested in your line of work. Instead, ask yourself, what about your current role makes your heart sing.
If you don’t know how to answer that question, perhaps you should go back to step one and start excavating your foundation.