Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
— Neale Donald Walsch
Do you know what “successful” literally means?
According to the Cambridge dictionary, the definition is “having achieved a lot, become popular, and/or made a lot of money.”
And this is exactly the meaning we give it every time we talk about success and personal growth.
Plus, we often find our favourite word “successful” with the verb “become”. Nice, they seem to be a perfect couple!
What I want to say, is that we tend to talk about how to become successful and not about being successful. And this happens because we all have the same interest, the same purpose, the same need: improve our lives, achieve a lot of things and be better people. What really makes the difference is how we deal with this need.
What really makes the difference is how we deal with this need.
There are people who feel better complaining about who they are, what they have and don’t have. There are people who really want to shift their lives but don’t know where to start. And there are people who decide to improve their lives, and have a plan, in other words, they know exactly how to get where they want.
There is a very simple method to achieve what we want, it’s what I call the “OMEGA” method. It consists of 5 vital elements to always keep in mind and always apply to our everyday life.
These elements are:
This is usually seen as a negative term, but if you are obsessed about success in a “healthy” way, you’re on the right path. If you want to become successful you need to know exactly what you want, and what you want must be a persistent idea, otherwise it won’t take you to success.
What you want must be a persistent idea, otherwise it won’t take you to success.
So make sure to identify what is your idea of success, what is what you want to accomplish, and be healthily obsessed with it.
You will see how this will make things easier.
There is an interesting definition of motivation on the online Business Dictionary:
Internal and external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to be continually interested and committed to a job, role or subject, or to make an effort to attain a goal.
In other words, there are many factors such as your healthy obsession about success, the desire to live in a beautiful house, the desire to have a good reputation and a high self-esteem, that all together stimulate your desire and energy to make an effort to attain one or more goals.
Motivation is what makes you work to become successful.
Efficiency is the way you get organized and deal with your tasks, this means that obsession and motivation are not enough if you don’t plan your path to success in a smart way.
The goal is the desired result of one or more efforts, and it’s one of the steps that take ust o success.
What you need to understand is that success does not come overnight, and the process of its achievement it’s a long and challenging journey. You have to think of success as a progression of events, and not a single event.
I will give you an explanation of this progression of events with the bus metaphor.
Let’s say that you’re driving a bus, and you have to take this bus from point A to point B.
Then, you have to make 20 stops before getting to point B, and you can’t skip any of them, otherwise they will fire you. The most important thing is that the more stops you make, the closer to the terminal point you are. More simply, all the stops you make are like the goals your reach before attaining success.
Image: A goal less close
Last but not least: ambition.
Not only is ambition the desire to do or achieve something, but also being satisfied only with a certain level of success.
Being ambitious means thinking “This is not enough, I can do more,” obviously within reason.
As long as you think this way, you will never stop, and you will move toward success until the moment you will become successful.
Work hard until your bank balance looks like a phone number.
— Sfiso Asante Masombuka
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