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Get started toward Success 2 of 5

If you’ve not read the first of this 5 part series on “Get Started toward Success” then I invite you to do so now before moving on with this article. Read it here: http://secretrulesforattainment.blogspot.com/2014/07/whats-your-definition-of-success.html .

Today I will discuss a few definitions of success, and then give you another assignment. I want to congratulate you in getting this far. You’ve taken action and put your mind to work in creating your own definition of success. Most people would not even be reading this series and of those who do will not do the exercises/assignments. Have you ever wondered why there are so few “successful people” in the world, in your industry, in your class, in your company or in your “sphere of influence”? It’s because so few do life’s assignments. You will advance faster when you seek out the assignments and do them instead of waiting for life to give you the lessons as you go along. Both work, but you will need to learn them!

Anyway, I’m getting beyond what I wanted to present today.

When you were thinking and defining your own definition of success you no doubt were thinking of success for your life as a whole. But for “extra credit” you could compartmentalize a definition for each area of your life: spiritual, emotional, financial, and social; or for each of the Major 8 ™ at the top of the page at www.secretrulesforattainment.blogspot.com. But for now, let’s go with a success definition that can blanket all areas of life or can work (with minor tweaking) specifically in each area.

If you’ve earnestly been seeking success for a while, you may have heard the definition by Earl Nightingale, which most people choose for their own: Success is the realization of a worthwhile ideal (dream or goal).

So, what did you come up with? Here’s what dictionary.com tells us:

suc·cess

   [suhk-ses]  Show IPA
noun
1.
the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts orendeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.
2.
the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
3.
a performance or achievement that is marked by success, as bythe attainment of honors: The play was an instant success.
4.
a person or thing that has had success, as measured byattainment of goals, wealth, etc.: She was a great success on thetalk show.
5.
Obsolete , outcome.

Now, if you are “happy” with your definition or choose to borrow a few things from Nightingale’s or the dictionary’s from above, feel free to do so. You may even tweak it a little over time, but try to settle on a definition to live by soon.

to move you forward in your own personal success, you need to know a few things; such as who you are, where you are, who you want to become, and where you want to go. Let’s find out a bit about you.

“Know thyself” – Plato.
“Know thyself, because few will” – Ter Scott.  

In this assignment you’ll need to set a timer on your smartphone, or use the old fashioned egg timer in your kitchen; whichever is handiest. Set it for 10 minutes and started writing. Got a pen and paper out, ready?

Write out your positive charactersistics.

Don’t read on until you’ve done the assignment. If you’ve done the assignment, you may continue. I’m sure that 10 minutes seemed like an eternity but I had my reasons. I’m sure that you got most of what you wrote in the first 5 minutes; that is fine. I wanted you to have that extra time for inner reflection. So many people don’t take time for that anymore; that was my “gift” to you. But you are not done yet. Part B is easier. Go over your list and circle your “top 10” positive traits. Write these to 10 on a card, carry it with you and rejoice in them and use them on a conscious level.

That’s it for Part 2 of this series. I have some “extra credit” below for the real go-getters out there.

Make it a great day!
Terrific. Energizing. Results!

EXTRA CREDIT: We seldom see ourselves as we really are. And, others don’t really see us as we are. However, it would be great to get a few evaluations from others. Then you can see if there are any traits that are agreed on which should indicate that they are probably correct. To do so, ask 2 ohters to do the exercise above, but not about themselves, but have them write out your positive traits. To encourage them to take the time to do this, so the same for them. This is a great exercise for both you and them.

To make it easier and a shorter exercise, this time I offer this partial list of traits to choose from:

Accountable
Adaptable
Adventurous
Alert
Ambitious
Appropriate
Assertive
Astute
Attentive
Authentic
Aware
Bravery
Calm
Candid
Capable
Certain
Charismatic
Clear
Collaborative
Committed
Communicator
Compassion
Comradeship
Connected
Conscious
Considerate
Consistent
Contributes
Cooperative
Courageous
Creative
Curious
Dedicated
Determined
Diplomatic
Directive
Disciplined
Dynamic
Easygoing
Effective
Efficient
Empathetic
Empowers
Energetic
Enthusiastic
Ethical
Excited
Expressive
Facilitates
Fairness
Faithful
Fearless
Flexible
Friendly
Generative
Generosity
Gratitude
Happy
Hard Working
Honest
Honorable
Humorous
Imaginative
Immaculate
Independent
Initiates
Innovative
Inquiring
Inquiring
Integrates
Integrity
Intelligent
Intentional
Interested
Intimate
Joyful
Knowledgeable
Leading
Listener
Lively
Logical
Loving
Loyal
Manages Time Well
Networker
Nurturing
Open-Minded
Optimism
Organized
Patient
Peaceful
Planner
Playful
Poised
Polite
Powerful
Practical
Presents Self Well
Proactive
Problem-Solver
Productive
Punctual
Reliable
Resourceful
Responsible
Self-confident
Self-generating
Self-reliant
Sense of Humor
Sensual
Serves Others
Sincere
Skillful
Spiritual
Spontaneous
Stable
Strong
Successful
Supportive
Tactful
Trusting
Trustworthy
Truthful
Versatile
Vibrant
Warm
Willing
Wise
Zealous



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