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Success Part 1: Do You Know What Being Successful Means to You?

We want to be successful. We want to live meaningful and fulfilling lives and have the material and financial means to do so. It’s part of our human nature to want to be successful.

But what exactly does this mean?

How do you know if you’re successful, on your way to success, or failing?

How do you know when you’ve become successful and can start to relax and enjoy what you’ve worked so hard to accomplish?

To answer all these questions, you have to define what being successful means to you. There is no right or wrong answer. It is different for every one of us.

For some, it means getting a coveted position at work. Someone else may define success as being able to build their dream house. Another person may define success a being able to travel the world. Another person will measure it in dollars in the savings account or total net worth.

Success will also mean something different in different areas of your life. Think of success in terms of work, relationships, and health for example.

To be successful at work and to be successful in your marriage, for example, can be two entirely different things. In some cases, they may even contradict each other.

To do well at work and be considered for a promotion, you may have to be willing to put in long hours and bring home files to work on at night or in the evening.

The same holds true when you’re building your own business. These extended working hours can cause tension in a relationship if your significant other starts to feel neglected or they have to take on too many responsibilities at home.

In short, there’s a lot to consider and think about when it comes to success. At the same time, it’s essential that you do this thinking and define what it means to you to be successful, in all areas of your life.

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Love what you do for a living

Do you jump out of bed in the morning, ready to face the day and get to work? Or are you lying in bed after the alarm goes off, dreading having to face another 8-hour day, another trip to the office?

Waking up with dread in the morning doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. What makes the difference is having a purpose and finding your passion. Once you have done this, suddenly you can’t wait to jump out of bed in the morning. When you’re following your passion then work isn’t just work, it’s something fulfilling and exciting that you look forward to doing.

You don’t need the demotivation of having a boss looking over your shoulder, your colleague waiting on that report, or the Company politics.  Instead there is a strong internal motivator that helps you get things done. And it’s a lot more powerful than any pressure from your boss or the promise of financial rewards.

But how do you do this?  Here are a few considerations to help point you in the right direction:

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Distraction frustrations!

How the mind can wander.  Maintaining concentration whilst trying to work is so difficult in this world of social multimedia and open plan offices.  Everything seems to light up and make different chimes to alert us to updates, its no wonder that the Telegraph published in 2015 a report that showed Employees waste 759 hours each year due to workplace distractions – in the 3 years since the report was published, this figure will only have increased.

The worst mistake I ever made was putting “Facebook messenger” on my phone - today it’s been lighting up every 15 seconds whilst a messenger group I am in (for all the right reasons) records a gossipy conversation that should really have taken place over a coffee with just the 2 people concerned.

Its my own fault, here I am, working from home trying very hard to concentrate on complicated spreadsheet, I should have the phone turned over, or put in a different room, but as its virtually an extension of my left hand that’s not possible and plus, if I am honest, I am looking for a distraction to blame to relieve the brain ache. 

Result, its taking me a lot longer to complete the piece of work plus on rechecking I keep finding silly continuity errors.

So just how do you avoid the distractions that surround us?

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