Everyone has a desire to be successful.

At least most people do. However with most people, the focus generally tends to be towards career success.  Personal, life success is also important. Its the kind of success that makes you want to get up in the morning, tackle a new day… your reason for being. In order to get to that point you need to set goals. Because that type of success is really about achieving your life goals. After all if you don’t have a goal then how can you be successful? Here are the four secrets that can help you live a happy and success-filled life:

Set Goals That Feed Your Soul

It is important that you set goals for your personal and professional lives. These goals become the target to aim for. They help you gauge how you see your life evolving. Once you’ve listed your goals, its important to write down the steps you are going to take to achieve them. Add who or what can help you to your list. Enlist the help of an accountability partner, mentor or coach who can help and support you.

Personal and Professional Lives Are Inter-dependent

You may think that your career goals are totally separate from your personal goals. However, they are inter-dependent. Your career relies on your well-being, impacts on your family and relationships, your health and happiness. Your happiness, relationships and health are affected by your career. If you’re not happy at work or doing a job you love then it will have an impact on your emotional and physical well-being, as well as affecting other areas of your personal life.

To be successful in one area you need to create success in the other.

Find Your Passion and

If your personal and professional lives are inter-dependent, then to be successful in them you will need to discover your passion and purpose. By discovering these you will create determination to succeed, enhance your creativity, spark inspiration and be able to harness the power of flow in your activities.

Ask yourself what you really want to do with your life. What do you want your legacy to be?

Don’t Just Focus on the

While many people consider amassing wealth to be a sign of success, that should not be your end goal or sole success indicator.

Instead focus on your emotions, lifestyle and well-being. What will your life look and feel like when you have successfully achieved your goals? How will your family and friends feel? Why not create a vision board with words, quotes and pictures showing your life as a success?

When thinking about your professional success consider how you will know you’ve succeeded. What will your position be? How will you be making an impact in your company and in the wider community? What will your working day look like? Think about work/life balance and the effect on your family and relationships with friends. How will your new role or business affect your life, health and happiness?

While success can mean different things to different people, one thing all definitions have in common is that success is measured by achieving goals that make you feel positive emotions, for example, happiness and achievement. You will find the greatest success comes when you use your passions to create your goals in life and work.

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