Ok, so before New Year we wrote an article on 10 Ways to Make Things Better in the New Year BUT did you know that 64% of people drop their New Year’s Resolutions within a month!?
So the chances of actually keeping your resolutions and committing to “New Year, New Me” are relatively slim. Sorry!!
We’re not totally poo-pooing the idea of New Year’s Resolutions because, if they can be maintained, they can improve your life and business immensely.
So what can we do to ensure any resolutions we set do get kept?
Firstly let’s scrap the word “resolutions”. Basically all that means is you resolve to do something – a bit ambiguous, don’t you think. Wouldn’t it be better if we PLAN to do something?
Fail to plan. Plan to Fail.
How many times have we heard this? This is practically a mantra in the Virtual Assistant industry but we also know what they say about best laid plans and all that … and whilst we can plan our client work to within an inch of its life AND accomplish the planned goal, it is sometimes at the detriment of our own personal (or business goals).
We know about SMART goals (don’t we?). We know to make our goals Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timed but what if we just don’t have the motivation to follow that plan and fulfill those goals?
What if our desire for success just isn’t powerful enough?
Can we improve it to achieve all we want and more?
The short answer is yes!
And with the help of this article, we will hopefully help you Build a More Powerful Desire for Success
What does success mean for you?
With the amount of information available, the strategy you choose to achieve success may differ from someone else. Your process may also vary based on your definition of success. For many people, that means a successful career or a good salary.
But when your version of success focuses on professional accomplishments, you might tend to leave other essential areas to chance. A few places where people strive to achieve success include family life, athletics, academics, or relationships.
While your definition of success may vary, you most likely feel successful when you feel fulfilled, safe, healthy, and loved.
But what does success actually mean?
Success is a person’s ability to achieve their goals, regardless of the type of goal.
If you struggle to achieve the personal things you consider most important, you might struggle to find fulfillment. If any of the above areas are lacking somehow, it is unlikely that you will feel as successful as you want. And your desire for success may begin to falter.
So how do you build a more powerful desire for success?
These tips can get you started:
Develop a growth mindset.
A growth mindset is the idea that your abilities are a product of your choices and effort. You think of yourself as having specific skills, but you also notice that you can improve those skills.
On the other hand, if you have a fixed mindset, you believe your abilities are static. Learning new things and improving old ones are not possible for you. It’s easy to see that people with a growth mindset tend to achieve
more success in their lives than people with a fixed mindset.
Increase your Emotional Quotient.
Emotional Intelligence, or EI, is the ability to identify, understand, and manage your own emotions. It also consists of being sensitive to the feelings of others and managing relationships effectively.
If you have a high EI but still perceive that you are not achieving success in life, it is likely because of self-defeating thoughts and beliefs. These could be limiting your options for achieving success.
If you want to achieve more success in life, pay attention to your emotions and aim to manage them.
Publicly commit to your goals.
When you publicly commit to a plan, you create a sense of accountability. You feel more committed to following through with the intent, making it more difficult to give up.
The people you choose to associate with – family, friends, and colleagues – must know your goal and want you to succeed.
And if your plan involves giving up a habit, you can get have them stop you if you’re about to relapse.
Keep a positive attitude and encourage yourself.
Research shows that we are our own worst enemies. We tend to give up without even trying because we are our harshest critics. You can easily fall into the trap of thinking you cannot succeed based on past failures or other negative thoughts.
If this has happened to you in the past, banish this thought and encourage yourself with positive affirmations, such as “I am capable of doing what I want to do. I am a worthwhile person.” You do not have to recite them every day, but it can help you stay motivated.
Know your strengths and focus on them.
The most successful people in the world achieve success, not because they are perfect, but because they focus on their strengths.
Many of them run successful businesses with zero knowledge of certain aspects of the company. When they realize they don’t have the skillset, they get help – after all that is the premise of our industry, on which you’ve built your VA business. The same approach can help you build a more powerful desire for success.
This guide’s small yet powerful steps are easy and can establish a more positive relationship with success.
Finding success means becoming the person you want to be. The question is, when will you start?
New Year. New You. Now Likely!
Northern VA Collaboration Event 2022
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September 17th, 2022
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