My best friend taught me a kick ass question that she learned from her education pursuing her master’s in spiritual psychology. The question makes success and pursuing your goals an easier pill to swallow because it’s not shrouded in complicated steps or having a master plan to accomplish something when you don’t even know where to start.
The question is “How can I set myself up for success?” A simple question that can be asked every day at any time. Once you ask the question it’s instant empowerment. For example, for breakfast if I ask myself the question I choose a smoothie over a burrito. Why? Because my health is important. Or in deciding how to structure your work day, “How can I set myself up for success?” I will read, write a blog post, follow up with leads, etc. I encourage you to add this question to your success toolkit. To further enhance its implementation I encourage you to challenge your current thoughts on success. Your dreams don’t have to be just a dream, they can become your reality and you deserve to make them your reality.
The first step toward getting somewhere is to decide you are not going to stay where you are.
It’s just that simple. Though it may seem that there are impassable obstacles in your path to success the only real obstacle is completely mental and completely yours to change. How empowering is that? To realize that we are the only thing in our way for success. For some it’s liberating for others, it may require a shift in personal responsibility to recognize that no one is responsible or to blame for our lack of success. How can you set yourself up for success? Start taking action.
Fear regret more than failure.
Failure can be one of the most terrifying and real fears that we have. The fear of failure can be so strong that it can prevent us from following our dreams and creating our success. If you’re afraid of failure, my question to you is what about failure scares you? Is it the fear of judgement by others? Comparison and external validation is a deadly combination that impedes the success of many. How long are you willing to put off your happiness to appease others? How can you set yourself up for success? Maybe it’s letting go of what could go wrong and embracing what could go right.
Success is the sum of small efforts repeated.
I love this quote as it combats the fear of failure. Success often isn’t a one shot deal. It’s something that’s created via multiple small steps. So you made a mistake, GREAT, now you have data to use in your next attempt. Getting it right is not what’s most important. It’s not giving up and learning from our missteps. How can you set yourself up for success? Persistence.
Jenn DeWall, Denver based International Millennial Life & Career Coach and Confidence expert, Motivational Speaker