Success isn’t something that is likely to just fall into your lap. It is usually a step by step process and sometimes that includes backward steps. It can be done, but you have to want it and work at it to achieve it.
Dream: I didn’t know the importance of having a dream until a few years ago. I thought it was a waste of time; just give me the work and I’ll do it. That’s not the way it should be looked at. Having a dream is the most important part of being successful.
What is a dream? It’s anything you want so badly you can taste it. It’s that little corner of your brain where hope lies. Do you want to be a famous writer? Do you want to have your own farm? How about living on an island paradise? These are dreams and they are the flames you want to fan with the rest of this list.
Plan: Most of us know how to set up a simple plan. On laundry day, you know that you have to wash the clothes before you can dry them. It doesn’t need written down because it is simple and logical. Planning how to achieve your dream is going to take more effort. I will use my dream as an example. I want that self sufficient farm with a huge kitchen and a formal dining room. To do that, I need a means of affording it and then the workers to help get it done.
Planning is where you use your talents to achieve your dream. I write but I’m also a master herbalist. The combination of the two helps me to set up a plan that will (eventually) get me to that farm. The next step is how to make your plan.
Goals: The farm is the prize. The goals are the steps it will take to get there. When I started out my plan, the first item on the list was to finish my education; become a master herbalist. I’ve done that. The next goal was to be published…anywhere…even for free. I’ve done that. Next on the checklist was to actually get paid to write. We can check that one off as well.
Those were hard enough but taken in those smaller steps it didn’t feel like I was taking on the world. My next steps are to be able to handle all grocery and incidental purchases from my writing. I’m slowly seeing this come true. When it does, we will be able to make some steps towards my farm.
Goals have to be incremental. You can’t necessarily go straight to your goal right out of school. Not only is it unlikely to be financially feasible, it’s too big of a leap. Set short term, mid term and long term goals. When you start fulfilling those mid term goals, look at the steps needed and set up goals to get you closer to your dream. It’s not easy but it is necessary.
Work: Unless you are willing to work you will not achieve success. A lot of our problems come when we don’t want to do the boring jobs in order to get to the bigger jobs. I can tell you that working as an unpaid writer for a year was not easy. However it did give me experience and without it I would not be where I am now.
Success is possible. It takes a dream, planning, goals and work. If you skip a step your chances of success go down dramatically. If you’re still reading this I think you have what it takes to come out on top.