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How to Move Forward on the Road to Success

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When people think of success, they think of reaching their ultimate goal. They often envision a celebration and the opportunity to say I have finally arrived at a place in my life where I have succeeded and accomplished that which I set out to do. There are many people who think exactly that way. They have a vision, a desire, and a goal and just want to get there. The reality of moving towards success Is that there are tests, twists, and turns that will interject before reaching that success. I

t’s just like going through life and encountering different experiences in order to grow and learn. The ability to move forward on the road to success requires one to be diligent and focused, and willing to face some challenging situations. 

One has to be willing to encounter challenges and adapt to measures along the way. Moving forward means you are taking one step at a time. These steps can be the strategies such as having the ability to encourage yourself on a day-to-day basis to keep going or making a daily commitment of some sort to reach your success.

Here are a few questions.

  • What is your definition of success?
  • How will you know when you have reached success?
  • What will you do once you have achieved success?

These questions are important because, for some people, the title of success alone is all that they strive for, but they have not given much thought to what it really means in terms of the level of impact that it may have on their lives. The hope is that your answers will help you focus on the best way to move forward on the road towards success. 

Here is a list of tips that may help:

  1. Be clear about what it is that you want to accomplish that will define your success!
  2. Always remember that there’s going to be something on your to-do list. Keep in mind that there are going to be new developments as you move forward and things that capture or require your attention. So pretty much, be prepared for the things that may pop up because these things are designed to help bring you closer to your goal. It may become uncomfortable at times, but it’s necessary for the journey.
  3. Understand that you cannot take everyone with you on your journey towards success. It’s all good and dandy when you want to encourage others, and you want to be appreciative of their cheerleading of your work. However, their encouragement of you and your encouragement of them doesn’t always mean that you have to do it together. Sometimes moving forward on the road to success may require you to do some parts of the journey alone. So, don’t be afraid if you find yourself by yourself. Just keep going. Trust me; they are still cheering for you.
  4. Always remember to be mindful of what it is that you have on your plate. Be sure to establish SMART goals allowing you to establish goals that specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-oriented. In doing so, it allows you to pace yourself along the way. Refrain from situations that cause you to try to do everything at the same time. It is a perfect recipe for failure. Your time is going to be very important to use it wisely. This is your opportunity to learn what works and what does not work on your journey towards success.
  5. Remember to celebrate the small wins. This is key because oftentimes, one will wait until they have reached the end of the road of success in order to celebrate. The truth is, it is critical to your process to celebrate every moment a goal or milestone has been reached. By celebrating the small wins, it allows you to pay close attention to every step of your journey. It also allows you to be mindful of the process you are in every step of the way. That way, you never forget. Time becomes a teachable tool causing you to move forward with a greater advantage.  
  6. Remember to document your process, your goals, your patterns, and any important piece or pieces of the journey. By doing this, it allows you to maintain not just good records for your business or process, but it also allows you to go back and reflect on what you did to reach your success. It is with certainty that you’re probably going to have things in place that are considered to be official business documents; however, consider journaling and keeping some type of personal record that highlights what this whole process has been like for you.

At last!

There are so many things that can be shared about how to move forward on the road to success; however, starting with these 6 simple steps will increase your ability to be mindful of your actions on a day-to-day basis.

It will change your perception, patterns, and communication style. It has the potential to change you overall. Your ultimate goal is to keep moving forward. It is important that you not only move forward on the road to success but that you maintain that success once it has been reached.

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Sharon Lawrence
Sharon J. Lawrence is a licensed clinical social worker, certified life coach, author, and speaker. She is a Therapist for Therapists, Professionals and Couples. With 20 years of experience in the field of helping children, adults and families, she has devoted her life to helping individuals improve their mental health, establish healthy relationship and create balanced lives. She is the owner of Selah Wellness & Therapeutic Services, LLC and is an adjunct professor at Bowie State University and Prince George’s Community College in Maryland.

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