Success! Every small business owner and aspiring entrepreneur wants to reach it. It is the ever elusive, intangible thing that society says you must have in order to be somebody. You have to be successful for people to take you seriously. You have to achieve success to gain respect.
Success is defined as the accomplishment of a specific aim or purpose. You become successful once that purpose is fulfilled. Seems simple enough but why then are so many people finding it difficult to attain success?
Success is very much attainable for anyone. It is all about perception, values, and beliefs. What you think, feel, and care about are the biggest predictors of success. If you are having a hard time becoming successful, there is likely a really good reason. Here are 3 of the dream crushing reasons you’re probably not successful and what you need to do to change course.
3 Dream Killing Reasons You’re Not Successful
- You don’t know your purpose. If success is defined as the accomplishment of a specific aim or purpose, then you have to know what that purpose is in order to work towards it. What is your purpose? It is one of the greatest philosophical questions. So many entrepreneurs struggle with this critical step. In fact, it is one of the primary reasons business owners seek out my services. Ask yourself “why” your business exists. What impact do you plan to have by delivering your products and services? How will you make your mark in the world? What will be your biggest accomplishment? What legacy will you leave behind? Your purpose lies within the answers to these questions.
- You don’t have a plan. Once you know the “why”, you then have to figure out the “how”. How will you create the impact? What specific steps will you take to get the job done? The primary difference between a dream and a fantasy is that a dream can be made a reality with the right plan. Create S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and timely) goals and objectives with your purpose in mind. Think “big picture” and long-term as you develop your plan. Make sure that your plan is written out as goals that have been written are much more likely to be achieved.
- You fail to take action. You hold the power to define success by the actions you take. Put your plan into motion by working it. Recruit help and find the right resources you need to make it happen. Remain consistent in moving forward toward your dream by focusing on finishing one specific goal at a time. I tell my clients to use the W.O.W. technique, a handy tool I picked up from Marcia Wieder, America’s Dream Coach. W.O.W. is an acronym that stands for “within one week.” What is the one thing you can do within the next week that will move you closer to fulfilling your goal? Do that! Even baby steps, if performed consistently, will naturally cause you to reach your intended destination.
Intentional directed activity planned around a particular purpose will lead to success as you define it. Do you believe that you are successful? What makes you a success? Let me know in the comments below and if you found value in this post, please do share it with your networks.