Success is a very perplexing topic to elaborate. Majority of people equate success to being rich.
In this article, I will like to state categorically that, success is relative and transcends financial breakthrough.
In my quest to gather more knowledge about success and how to be successful in life, I found an intriguing definition on success by an unknown author on the internet which defines success as the status of having achieved and accomplished an aim or objective.
This definition is very open and does not limit itself to financial breakthrough. The opposite of success is failure or ill success.
An individual can work hard and reach the zenith of his or her career, secure sound financial status and yet be challenged with severe ill health which is life threatening.
Will you ascribe this to be success?. Well you may, but I bet to differ.
At this stage, the individual might have health objective that is to get back on his feet. If he is finally declared medically fit, he becomes successful in terms of his health.
So this goes to point out that without standard set to measure success, we can never be conclusive on who is successful.
On what basis can we then standardised or reasonably conclude one has attained success?
Sharing my thoughts on this, I will like to draw attention to three most relevant aspect of the human life. These are success in one’s career or ambitions, financial soundness and good health.
This does not mean other factors may not apply but you will bear with me that, the very reason of human needs can be embodied in these three (3) factors. That is;
- Career objectives,
- Financial soundness
- Good health
With these three factors, all other needs stipulated by Maslow’s theory of needs can be achieved.
In my view, attaining fairly these three factors qualifies one to be successful.
It must be noted that, success is earned and requires upholding to certain principles of life and being disciplined.
How To Be Successful in Life (Principles of life and discipline pattern to follow)
To start with, you must be committed to your career chosen path. Being committed to your career implies setting career goals and striving hard to achieve them. Learning from others in related career path and infusing the knowledge acquired to help achieve your goals. You become committed when you set career goals and adhere to achieving them.
Secondly, you must have positive thinking. Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results. A person with positive thinking mentality anticipates hapiness, health and success and believes that he or she can overcome any obstacle and difficulty.
Thirdly, you must eat healthy and exercise regularly. Be mindful of having a balanced and healthy diet, exercising regularly and going for regular medical check up will ensure you stay healthy at all times. Don’t forget your health is your wealth.
In furtherance, be honest with your business partners and people you come into contact with. A recommendation by someone can change your life for good. Nobody cherish dishonest people.
Moreover, you must improve your expertise in your field of work. Day in and day out, ways of going about things changes particularly in the intensive technological environment.
Last but not least, you must change your mindset. The ability to turn a challenging situation into a better one. You must have strong mindset to ward off your daily bad experiences into good. Constant practice of this, will reflect positivity on your entire life.
These are the few principles of life and discipline pattern that I recommend to you to imbibe as part of your life to be successful.
Solomon Daku, Ghana.
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