How do you know that you are on the right track to achieve what you really want in your life and work? And once you are on the right track, how do you stay there? Well, there are two essential things you MUST put in place to guide you. They are:

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How to get on the right track and stay there.

How to get on the right track and stay thereHow do you know that you are on the right track to achieve the results you really want in your life and work?

And once you are on the right track, how do you stay there?

Well, there are two essential things you MUST put in place to guide you. They are:

1. Create your own Success Definition

Having a definition of success that you have carved out for yourself will be a guide for you to follow when making decisions, setting goals and creating action plans.

It will help you make better choices for yourself. And as a result of making better choices, you will get better results.

It is easy to get caught in the trap of chasing success as defined by society, family and peers.

But ask yourself this

“Whose definition of success do I want to spend my one and only life living by?”

Take time to create your own definition of success for all areas of your life.

Think of it almost as a navigation tool steering you down the right path and keeping you there.

2. Get clear on your Core Values

Your core values are things that are central to who you are. They are the things, that when you are living and working by them, make you feel fulfilled, alive and living life fully.

You can tell when your core values are being trampled all over because life and work feel a push, a struggle and totally unfulfilling.

People who orientate their life and work around their core values are the people who are more likely to be living a fulfilled life, getting the results they really want and feeling successful on their own terms.

So, take some time out to get clear on what your core values are.

Once you have your definition of success and your core values nailed, make sure your vision, goals and action plans are built on them.

To make choices and decisions easier for yourself, keep asking:

“Does this fit with my core values and definition of success?”

If you head off on a journey without a map of how you will get to your destination, chances are you are going to end up taking the wrong road.

The same is true of trying to create the life and work you really want without a definition of success or knowing your core values.

I encourage you to take some time to create your own definition of success based on your core values.

Then use them to drive your choices and decisions to get on the right path and keep you there.

What are your views on this topic? Please share in the comments below.

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  • Christine Brady

    Hi Ali,

    Boy this speaks to me in so many ways!  I’m at a point where keeping my “story” in line with my blog is increasingly more important to me.  

    I was floundering around, trying to define my blog and what message I wanted to convey to my readers and subscribers, when the answer was right in front of me all along – just define who YOU are.

    Every day I tell my DS to have a great day being you – I finally took my own advice and feel more clarity than I ever had before.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Hi Christine
    Great to hear you are finding more clarity. Being clear on your core values and definition of success helps to keep you anchored being who you really are. Have fun playing with this stuff.

  • Creating your own definition of success based on your core values makes perfect sense to me!

  • Superb. I think this should be required reading for graduating college students. Because you’ve just defined ‘happiness’.

  • Great post again! Sticking to my core values has helped me through some tricky issues. I always feel better when I keep them in sight! Now, my definition of success could use some refining, because it does seem to be a slippery target sometimes.

  • janice wald

    Hi,
    I actually just blogged on this topic myself today. These great tips were expressed by experts in the expert interview I conducted. #mlblvd

  • Carol Graham

    Totally agree and try to live my life by those “rules” — helps to be organized!

  • Nancy, it is a great way to build strong foundations for creating a more fulfilling, meaningful life.

  • I think younger people would benefit greatly if the education system focussed on life skills as much as they do on academic skills

  • Revisiting and refining your sucess definition is a great thing to do. I check in with mine at least once a year.

  • I think that it is great that more and more people are spreading the message on this stuff. The more awareness that is raised the more empowered people will be to create change.

  • It certainly does!