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Personal Development: Making a Headway to Success

We all want to be successful in a certain field. But often, we don’t know how to reach the zenith. We may not have a roadmap, but there is one thing about being successful that we are sure of. Noone becomes successful without working towards it.

As the saying goes, “if there is a will, there is a way.”

We may not know how we are going to walk to success as of the moment, but as we study ourselves, our strengths, priorities and opportunities, the road will soon open and clear itself for us.

Strengthening ourselves for the journey.

When we walk the path to success, we have to learn who we are in order for us to work further on our strengths and to at least minimize and convert our weaknesses into strengths.

If you haven’t assessed yourself as to your strengths and weaknesses, you may as well have your assessment now. To help you determine who you are or what kind of characteristics you have, you may use the following self-assessment tests:

  • DISC
  • Myers-Briggs
  • Florence Littauer’s Personality Profile
Remember to input the right information, or else, you are just fooling yourself with taking the test.

Only you will know the results, so it is best to be downright honest to yourself while answering the tests.

Knowing our priorities while going through the journey.
It is nearly impossible to reach the destination on time and with vigor if you do not know how to prioritize the things that might come along as you walk your journey to success. There are always distractions along the way. You have to be able to pinpoint them in order to make the walking, climbing a lot easier.

Like how John Maxwell made use of the Pareto Principle, you should also try to use it in your daily life.

Pareto Principle states that by focusing your attention on the first 20% of all your priorities, you would get 80% return on your effort.

Learning how to spot opportunities
Opportunities become opportunities when you can readily spot them as they come across your way. Moreover, opportunities become something we can chase and walk with if we are ready and prepared. Otherwise, how can you even make use of it?

Say for example, you want to study abroad. When the opportunity comes that a study grant is given out for a short period of application, you don’t have your passport or any of the requirements with you. That opportunity means nothing if you are not prepared to get and chase it.

Another example is you want to be a fashion designer. Eventually, you were able to befriend one of the famous designers. Not only you were given the opportunity of friendship, the opportunity to learn from that friend is also there. Of course, you don’t have to abuse the friendship. But, one thing or another, you will be exchanging thoughts per se. Then you should be able to spot on the right time to make use of the opportunity.

Success is relative. I may not look successful to you, but for me I am already a success. The same way that I may not look at you as a success story, but in your own perspective your story is more than a success.

Every day, we should be able to make success stories, unnecessarily for other’s benefit, for ourselves. Whether it is the number of minutes you were able to exceed working out, or the number of books you were able to read and comprehend and later apply to your life. There must always be something good in everyday.

To have the strength, to prioritize and to spot opportunities. Those are simple ingredients to the complexity of success. Start today.

Make Today Count - John Maxwell

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