“First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends: wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.” Aristotle
Clarify and prioritize the steps necessary to be successful. Success is something we are on a daily basis. Our goals are milestones along the journey that help us confirm that daily path is on track. Create three to five major goals and then create a list of actions that will have the most impact on reaching those milestones and living your definition of success. There may be more than five areas of your life you would include in your definition of success. Prioritize the top three to five so you can focus on a few things and do them well rather than trying to take on way too many actions and not succeeding at any of them.
Steps for Clarifying and Prioritizing
- Write 3 goals that support your definition of success. (Putting them in writing vs. remembering them is very important)
- Create a list of actions you can take daily to reach these goals.
- Prioritize these actions so they are done first before anything else on a daily basis.
The terms goals and milestones are interchangeable. Since success is a daily process rather than something you wait to reach, the term milestones more accurately reflects the signs of accomplishment on your journey of success. Goals are the more common nomenclature and are the same as milestones except many people feel that once they reach their goals, they are done, and happiness will ensue. Milestones signify a rest stop on our journey where we can celebrate our accomplishments before we move forward and continue to build our success and happiness on a daily basis.