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The S’s in Success

You might know that I’m a word person. I love good writing, and I love word games. I looked at the word “success” recently and thought about what the parts meant. Success has 3 S’s, and I decided that the keys to success are Self, Systems and Support. I’m looking at the first S this week: Self.

How do you define success? Webster’s defines it as a favorable or desired outcome or the attainment of wealth, favor or eminence. The bottom line is that success relates to goals. You set the goals and you determine whether or not you are successful. Here are some tips to help with your journey toward success:

1. Develop your personal, specific definition about success. If you don’t know what success means to you, how can you work towards it? In creating your definition, consider that you want it be something within your control, not that of other people. You want to be able to measure it so you can hold yourself accountable on a regular basis. You also want it to mesh with your personal values and principles. Remember, it’s your goal not someone else’s.

2. Take action every day toward your goals. You don’t have to know all the steps needed, i.e., how to get to the finish line. You just need to take the next step. The other steps will show themselves. You have to be ready to step out in faith.

3. Eliminate excuses. The coach I work with has a “no excuses” policy. I hear this as I work. I ask myself if I’m making excuses for not getting something done. Do I want the goal or the excuse? I strive to work in an “excuse-free” environment. This has a positive effect on my day and its outcome.

4. Part of self includes self-development. I think life-long learning and self-improvement are key. Look for ways you can build your skills, whether that is in knowledge of your specific area or learning how to get out of your own way.

5. Be open to the opportunities in front of you. Opportunities exist all around you. Don’t just stick with the status quo.

6. Take personal responsibility for everything. I think this is the real key for the “Self” S in Success.

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One Response to “The S’s in Success”


  1. Jen @ Sew Fun said:

    Morna,
    Thank you for the motivating article! Especially helpful are steps 2 & 3. Its so easy to not really get started on something because you are not sure what to do or worse yet, let other things get in the way because they are easier or providing distraction from tackling the difficult tasks. Thanks for keeping us honest!
    -Jennifer

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