Most everyone I speak with wants to be a success in both their personal and professional lives. Wanting success is not enough though. In order to attract success, you have to be an active player in your life. Sitting on the sidelines and expecting everything to fall into place is…well, magical thinking.
What does success look like to you?
To some people, success means that they have their own business, a large house, and enough extra money to spend on anything they want. Others see success as raising children who are positive contributors to society. There are many ways to view success and even more ways to achieve it.
Embarking on this exercise of writing your own success story involves first reflecting on
who you are, what goals you want to achieve, what the future of your dreams looks like and what setbacks you may face.
Before you go any further though, let’s look at why you would even write your success story in the first place.
The importance of writing your success story is to create a concrete narrative that you can visualize and become part of. After all, you’re more likely to take action when you strongly identify with where you’re going.
Another benefit is that you’ll have a solid reference point on paper. By writing your thoughts, feelings, and goals as a story, you’re giving yourself a plan to follow and a way to measure your achievements.
Do you know where you’re going?
Think about it, when you head out on a journey whether it’s across the country or across town, you have to know three things:
- Your starting point
- Your ending point
- The route you’ll take and any stops along the way
How do you see yourself now?
Currently, where are you in relation to where you want to be, and in relation to your definition of success?
- Are you starting a new business venture?
- Do you want to lose weight?
- Are you looking to get promoted?
- Do you want to expand your business?
- Have you decided to learn a new skill?
Spend some time reflecting on your present reality and where you want to be one year, five years, or 10 years from now.
- Are you currently doing things that may be sabotaging your chances of success?
- Are there bad habits that hold you back?
- Do you need to get additional training to reach your goal?
The most important thing you can do for yourself now, is to boldly declare your future and make the conscious decision to stay the course, whatever it takes, to get there. As a coach, I work with my clients to create their plan starting from the future working backwards step-by-step with action plans and reverse milestones. Creating your success plan from the future eliminates the tendency to bring self-limiting beliefs, circumstances and evidence from the past into your declared future. Instead, creating your success from the future inspires new actions, creates tolerance of the unknown, allows in support in new ways and invites in new possibility.
Remember to incorporate your dreams and aspirations when writing your story. Also, you’ll want to use vivid imagery so your mind can see the story as reality. After all, if it can happen to the character in your story, you can have it happen to you, too!
Learning how to write your own success story can be therapeutic. Not only does it get you present to your future success, it serves you in overcoming issues from your past that may be holding you back.
You can have the success you desire in every area of your life; step into the possibility and allow yourself to really feel it, believe it, revel in it.
Once you’ve written your success story, read it often, share it with those closest to you, get supported by a coach or other trained professional when you fall off course and continue to be relentless in your pursuit of success. You can create the life you’ve been dreaming about. Believe it!