Are you on the road to success?
Are you getting what you want out of life?
Are you achieving goals and career objectives that are important and significant to you?
Are you building quality relationships?
Are you experiencing meaning and fulfillment in your life and career?
Over the past several years, I’ve worked personally with over 400 life-and-career coaching clients, and the bottom-line reason most hire me is because they are are looking for the keys to success in their lives and careers.
It’s frustrating when you want to discover the keys to success in your life and career, but have no idea what to do or how to get started. I know, I’ve been there! So below are a handful of the big-picture principles I work through with my coaching clients. I hope they help you along your road to success.
#1 Key to Success — Discover Your “1 Thing”
Did you know one of the greatest keys to success can be found in the movie City Slickers?
In one of its most memorable scenes, Curly (the cowboy) asks Mitch (the city slicker), “Do you know what the meaning of life is?” Mitch says, “No, what?” Curly says, “This,” and holds up his index finger. Mitch says, “Your finger?” Curly answers, “No, it’s just one thing, and everything else don’t mean _________ (I won’t repeat what Curly says here; I’ll just let you use your imagination).” Mitch says, “That’s great Curly, but what’s the one thing?” Curly concludes the conversation by saying, “That’s what you have to figure out.”
This conversation highlights one of the most important keys to success I share with my life-and-career coaching clients. We dig deep to discover their “1 Thing.” In other words, what is that “1 Thing” that makes life worth living? Even more, if everything else is stripped away in life, what is the “1 Thing” that makes life…”life?”
Once they figure this out, they’re on their way to defining “what is success” for them, as well as unearthing other major keys to success for their personal lives as well as their career objectives. Why? Because they clarify what life is all about for them!
Key to Success #2 — Align Your “Being” and “Doing”
Another key to success for getting what you want in life is aligning who you are (aka, your being) and what you do (aka, your doing) with your “1 Thing.” In other words, how does your “1 Thing” impact who you are and what you do? This step personalizes your “1 Thing” and allows you to create a personal purpose (e.i. mission) statement.
For instance, my personal purpose statement is: To glorify God and enjoy Him well (i.e. my “1 Thing”) by living it forward in the most important roles of my life (i.e. my “being”) and by inspiring and empowering others to do the same (i.e. my “doing”).
Key to Success #3 — Figure Out What You Don’t Want
Once you have identified your life purpose, a great way to determine the keys to success for your life and career is to identify the things that are in your life and career that won’t help you live out your purpose. In other words:
- What would you like to change?
- What are you tired of?
- What attitudes and habits are NOT in line with your life purpose?
- What actions are NOT congruent with your career goals and career objectives?
Take a close look at your life and career to determine what things don’t fit with your purpose, and then take action to get rid of anything that won’t lead you down the road to success. This step alone is one of the greatest keys to success. Sure, it’s challenging. But WOW, the momentum you gain from aligning your life and work with your purpose is nothing short of amazing!
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