People talk a lot about success in today’s world. After all, everybody wants to be a success, don’t they? The word “success” is possibly the most aspirational word in the English language but why don’t people spend more time talking about what success actually means? I don’t mean the dictionary…
Everyday we are confronted by situations that our outside of our control. It might be something as small as a stranger spilling our coffee in a coffee shop or as large as the stock market collapsing while we eat lunch.
However, successful people recognize that while there are many situations which lay outside of their control, there are many others that lay within our control and it is focusing our efforts on those things that brings the greatest rewards.
So, let’s take a look at the 5 factors of success that we have total control over:
You Can Choose Where To Aim
One of the interesting things about success is that it rarely comes about by accident. Most successful people begin by asking “what is it that I want from my life?” Once they understand this clearly – they can begin to filter their opportunities and activities by asking “does this bring me closer to where I want to be?”
Having a goal makes life feel like an adventure. You may not know the path clearly to your destination, but you can see the mountain in the distance and you know that you want to climb it. It makes things fun.
You Can Choose Where Your Attention Goes
The modern world is distracting there are endless demands on your attention. In fact, there’s a whole industry (most of it online) that’s built to harvest your attention.
You can step away from this and choose to focus your attention where it matters instead. You can be present in every moment of your life and while mediation and mindfulness can be more challenging than it appears in the first instance. Everyone can learn these skills.
If you want to reach your goals, you need to let go of the things that don’t matter on the way.
You Can Choose Your Attitude
We acknowledge that there are days when life is just so bad that you feel like you can’t deal with it but we also recognize that most days aren’t like that.
That means most days you can choose how you deal with life. Do you grasp it with enthusiasm, smile and rise to meet the challenges of the day or do you scowl, complain and grumble?
Hitting the day in the right frame of mind lets you create the energy that you need to succeed.
You Can Choose Your Affection Too
There is no limit to the kindness and love you can give to others. None.
So many of us fear to trust and to care because we fear being hurt. Yet, the truth is this – there are small risks in loving others, but the rewards are much, much greater than the risks.
You can choose to give of yourself to others and in return you will see how much others can give to you.
No man is an island and trying to build success all by yourself is next to impossible.
You Can Choose How You Act
When you know what you want, when you focus your attention on that, when you remain in the present and act in kindness and love – you can choose how you act to achieve your success.
You have developed the tools to determine which actions bring the most benefits for you and for others. You will have the confidence to do these things and to ignore the things that might hold you back.
You will not be afraid or feel the need to apologize for doing these things because you will be acting with pure congruence. Your desires and your life are in harmony.
It’s true that there are many things in life outside of our control but it’s also true that we are all capable of great things if we allow them to happen. By taking charge of the things you can control, you can begin your personal journey to success.
By Andrew Hackett
In this life, Andrew Hackett’s mission is to help the beautiful souls of the world, free themselves of their daily fears so that they not only find their own purpose for being on this beautiful planet, but also so they can find the courage to take action on their destined purpose.
Through creating a repeatable process, Andrew can now guide anyone from unconscious living, through their own awakening and into a world of limitless possibilities.
The tools and strategies within this process can empower anyone to create the life they have always dreamed of, through never allowing Fear to influence their daily lives ever again.