Your version of success and someone else's version may differ. What someone else calls "success", you could describe it as an abject failure. What would satisfy you might displease someone who has a different idea of what one should do with a life. There are, however, some things about success that are universally true, with priorities and execution being the two most fundamental. These two factors are also the defining difference between those who succeed and those who struggle.
Your priorities define your success
Regardless of the definition of success, it creates an intention to achieve something, to fill a perceived gap. Deciding what you want may be one of the most difficult tasks you will ever do, but it is your life and your future to decide for yourself. I want to tell you that you are the only one who can do this job, but that is not true. By not deciding for yourself what you want, you drift, follow the path of least resistance and live a life that happens to you. If you don't intentionally decide for yourself, the “drift” will decide for you, which will surely prevent any hope of success.
When you know what you want, you can prioritize what you do with your time and energy, the first being your unique, limited, non-renewable resource, and the second being another resource with limits. Without priorities, you can spend your days, weeks, months and years wasting your time and energy on things of no real consequence.
Priorities define. You draw a line in the sand by establishing what is most important, deciding that one result is more important than another result, depending on what you want and how you define the success. When you prioritize, you cut yourself off from the distraction of all the options available to you, especially those that would further distance you from your goals.
An objective is a defined priority. A series of goals that allow you to become the best version of yourself, to do what you think you are here to do, to own the things in your life that are important and meaningful to you, and to help what you are here to provide is as good a definition of a well lived life as i have been able to find.
If you were to ask one of the nearly eight billion people on the planet if they wish to have more money, you would be hard pressed to find a single subject who answers by negative. More money is a universal desire, for some because it brings certainty, for others, status, and still others who are motivated by another desire. Money is not everything, and you could easily exchange the desire for more money for the desire for better health and well-being, something we say we want without make it a priority.
The fact that something is universal should make it a priority, but it is not. You have to decide for yourself what is most important.
Your execution is the variable
Research suggests that something like eighty-three percent of people have no goals, let alone written goals. This is what it means to "drift", to live without what Hill would call a "defined main objective", a direction, a goal. Without goals and priorities, you don't need plans, because you have nothing to execute, while making sure you fight.
What the priorities provide is the ability to make a plan to achieve the results you want to do with your life. You cannot execute a goal or an outcome. You can only execute your plan to achieve it. Execution is the variable, which accounts for much of the difference between those who achieve their goals and those who struggle. One person carries out his plan, maintaining the disciplines required to achieve a result, while another does not comply, derailed by distractions and apologizing why he "could not" do what was necessary .
Saying yes to what is most important means saying no to things that do not have priority. When you say yes to small things, you say no to larger things. Those who create their version of success say no to small things, limiting distractions so they can execute their plans.
At the end
In the end, there are only priorities and execution. If you want your version of success, you need to decide what is right and right and true for you, by setting your priorities. Then you need to make a plan to produce these results and execute your plan.
In a year, you will have set a goal worthy of your time and energy, or you will not have it. You will have executed, or you will have failed. It is binary. There is nothing here that will also be true for your next decade.
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