To achieve success on your own terms it is useful to be aware of the things that can kill off your chances of achieving the success you really want. If you are aware of these things you can proactively do something about them so that they don't hold you back and you can set yourself up to succeed. To help you with this, here are 10 Killers of Achieving Success on your own terms

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10 Killers Of Achieving Success On Your Own Terms

10 Killers of achieving success on your own termsTo achieve success on your own terms it is useful to be aware of the things that can kill off your chances of achieving the success you really want.

If you are aware of these things you can proactively do something about them so that they don’t hold you back and you can set yourself up to succeed. To help you with this, here are:

10 Killers of Achieving Success on your own terms

1. Not creating your own definition of success

Do you have a clear definition of what success means to you? If not, whose definition of success are you living by?

Take time to create your own definition of success based on your values and what is most important to you. Start building all areas of your life and work around that.

2. Not having a clear vision

Without a clear vision of what your ideal looks like you don’t know what to spend your time and energy on to create a new reality. What does your ideal look like? Take some time to get clarity on this.

3. Not having goals and action plans linked to your vision

It is all well and good having a clearly defined vision but if you don’t create goals and action plans linked to it, it isn’t going to become reaility. Once you have a clear vision, make sure you use it to drive your goals and to create effective action plans to make it happen.

4. Conforming to the status quo

Blindly conforming to the status quo will stop you from finding new ways to achieve success on your own terms. Being willing to challenge your status quo will help you create awareness of where you might need to create change.

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” – John F. Kennedy

5. Unwilling to take risks

Creating success on your terms often means doing things you haven’t done before. Trying things out. Experimenting. This means sometimes taking a risk. But keep in mind:

Life isn’t about taking risks. It is about knowing which risks to take.

Learning how to take calculated risks is really useful in the quest to create success on your own terms.

6. Unwilling to step outside of your comfort zone

Change only happens outside your comfort zone. So it is useful to learn ways to expand your comfort zone and how to navigate the feelings of discomfort and uncertainty that come with it. It might feel challenging but it is so worth it. It is worth keeping in mind that:

The permanent pain of staying stuck is far worse than the temporary pain of creating change

7. Settling for what you don’t want

People often settle because they think it is safe. But it isn’t safe at all because you are selling the life and the success you really want down the river and all it’s potential and possibilities with it.

8. Mediocrity

Mediocrity is a killer of success on your own terms. Become a mediocrity eradicator for all areas of your life and work and see the difference it makes to your levels of success.

9. Being a BMW

A BMW is a “bitch, moaner, whiner”. Spending your time bitching, moaning and whining about things will not move you forward to create the success that you want. Ditch this habit. Take 100% responsibility for every area of your life and find a way to constructively deal with what you are not happy with.

10. Mindset

Your mindset is one of the biggest factors that influences your chances of achieving the success you want. Working on upgrading your mindset is essential to create new levels of success.

There are many other things that could be including on this list. What would you add? Leave your ideas, opinions and thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Jo Quinney

    I always think why waste time being a BMW (gr8 name for it)
    Get going & get something done about it.
    Gr8 post Ali, thanks Jo (@QMPR)

  • Jo, as well as making sure we aren’t BMW’s ourselves, it is also important to make sure we are not surrounding ourselves with BMW’s either. They suck energy and drain the life out of you. Not to mention that you become what you surround yourself with!!

    Thanks for dropping by Jo.

  • I really like your No. 2 the most, I think that’s the foundation for everything you want to do. Thanks for sharing this pot. 🙂

    Lynne

  • Lynne, yes having a strong foundation before starting to build what you want is key to success. Thanks for dropping by.

  • Good points, Ali. I love BMW! Have to remember that one.

  • Leanne@crestingthehill

    I loved this post Ali – so much of it is true for what I’ve been going through for the last few weeks – I’m moving from BMW/mediocre to risk taker and stepping out of my comfort zone – all a bit challenging but exciting too. ~ Leanne

  • Glad you liked it Barbara.

  • Good for you Leanne. Onwards and upwards. Have fun creating a new reality for yourself.

  • An action plan is really the one thing that makes the difference because without implementation that works, any plan is doomed!

  • Oh, Oh! I was a BMW yesterday! These are great tips Ali! Keep them coming!!

  • Yes indeed. Action is where the magic happens. As Pablo Picasso said “Action is the foundational key to all success.”

  • Love your honesty Jennifer. Glad you are enjoying my tips.