Success has different meanings depending on the person defining it. My definition of success relates to living an authentic life congruent with who I am and what I want to achieve. Within the context of careers, exploring and identifying our ‘capability factor’ is a fundamental component of the development process on the journey to success. Success may be defined as a series of moments that re-occur as we make progress through life. From my perspective, identifying values, beliefs, talents, skills and experience has been a fundamental success platform, a springboard to creating and living an authentic life. Doing work you love aligned with who you are defines success!
It is worth keeping in mind that failure, the opposite of success, is a worthwhile playing field of learning, discovering, trying and creating. Mistakes are part of the learning process and it is often through failure that we learn the most and invoke lasting change.
Principles to consider as you navigate your way to career success:
- Purpose or Direction of travel: Being focused and clear about your life and career purpose; clearly defining what your purpose reflects; what is your intention
- Constructive Thinking: Thinking about your career in a productive manner that will add value and bring you results. Placing attention on your intention.
- High productivity: Organising and planning time to accomplish tasks, by focusing on action steps that reap the greatest reward.
- Creative mindset: Awareness to stretch your capabilities through dedication to learning and consistent development
- Energy: Re-energising ourselves by consistent periods of renewal through sleep, diet, breaks, exercise, music.
- Emotional Intelligence: High IQ is a contributing factor to success, although Author Daniel Goleman has explained in his research and books, emotional intelligence is twice as likely as IQ to indicate success later in life
- Personal Brand: A healthy self-image will determine what actions you take and how you present yourself.
- Thinking and Being time: Identifying ideas and thinking about your thoughts; practise being mindful and notice your thoughts/ideas. Schedule thinking time into your day.
- Daily Rituals: Practise setting your intention at the beginning of the day. Read about your industry, do activities that energise you, write in your journal ~ daily gratitudes or all the good things in your life
- Strengths, Values, Beliefs, Passions, Skills, Knowledge and Experience: Focus on your uniqueness ~ what are you capable of; consider working with a Professional Guide at Position Ignition to identify who you are and what you are capable of.
Author: Stephanie Mount is a Position Ignition Guide. She is profoundly interested in people and their potential. Stephanie engages with individuals to discover their most authentic self (the positive energy, their passions and strengths). Stephanie’s diverse career in the helping profession spans two continents. She uses her international experience, professional knowledge and living as an expatriate to enable others to create a fulfilling and balanced life. Stephanie is an adventurer, passionate about the ‘great outdoors’ and travelling to far flung places on this beautiful planet.