The aim of this article is to give the fundamentals that can help define your personal version of success applicable to you. There are ten fundamentals of success which you would need to achieve your version of success. Here are the 10 fundamentals of success I have identified to get the most out of yourself.

You need a mission – When you have a personal mission statement for your life you feel enthusiastic. You get the big picture of your life. Crafting a personal mission statement is very important. For this first identify your personal strengths and then see how this can help others. This would give an idea of what your personal mission statement should look like.

You need to have a vision – Vision is not something only reserved for CEO’s. All of us need a reason to get out of bed every day. A compelling vision will provide the fire of passion to light up your days. Once you have a compelling vision you won’t need someone external to pump you up as you would be charged on your own. Create a vision for your life not only career but also your personal life. Your vision might be to the best in whatever you do for a living which is great. Some of the best ways to have a vision is to look into 10 years from now and define where you would like to be in every area of your life.

You need to set goals – For a vision to be successful you need to break it down into goals. Any big goal can be achieved provided it is broken down into its components. Set 90 day goals and have clarity on all areas of your life. Set goals for your business, career and education, personal, spiritual and contribution. A goal can be simple like I will run a half marathon by July 2019 in 2 hr 40 min.

You need to take daily action – Once you have the goals identified you need to take daily action. Every day do something towards your goals. This is the only way your life will be aligned to where you want to end up. The main key is the goals have to be your own it cannot be what someone else thinks you should do.

You need to engage in daily practice – A lot of athletes once they lose a tournament don’t sulk. They analyze where they went wrong and then strengthen their practice routines. That’s what all top performers do they don’t sulk in defeat they keep practicing even when they have already reached the top. You need to engage in daily practice in your profession to achieve big.

You need to express gratitude daily – There is a statement which says in order to get more you need to give more. Give more thanks and come from a place of abundance you will enjoy life more. This is not rocket science but expressing gratitude on a daily basis will put in a deep state of joy which is the key to happiness. Whenever I feel a little down I immediately write down everything I have to be grateful for and it keeps me happy.

You need to be a constant learner – Learning is truly the antidote to change. Keep learning something in your field daily. Find the experts in your field, connect with them, read their blogs, listen to their podcasts, and document what you have learned, share what you have learned and keep doing this. Beware of anyone who promises overnight success even if they call themselves an expert. Remember only the actions we do lead to our success and not what someone tells us is success.

You need to ignore your critics – Whatever vision you have will be met with skepticism and some of it may be valid. However if you are committed to your vision then whatever critics tell you should not matter. Be so committed to what you want to achieve that you don’t bother about what others think of your vision.

You need to be optimistic – Optimism is not some feel good hype. It is a genuine positive outlook on life irrespective of what is happening in your life. Optimism is truly the winners edge. If you study any achiever in any field they are all eternal optimists. They always believe their best is yet to come. If you think about some actors even in their 60’s want to achieve and they truly believe their best is yet to come. So have an optimistic view of life and remember your best years are ahead of you. Take failures in your stride and ride to your crown with optimism in your heart. I have written the optimists manifesto which might interest you. 10 Commandments of Optimism

You need to persist till you succeed – Persistence is the holy grail of all achievers. Instead of writing something new on this let me just share this amazing quote from Calvin Coolidge “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent.” Of course this can be also called grit which is passion towards long term goals.

There you have it the 10 fundamentals of success which if we follow can help us achieve what we want. The main thesis is our success has to be defined by us and let us not fall prey to any quick fix success formulas which do not stand the test of time.

Thanks for reading this post.

The views expressed here are my own and do not represent my organization.