Roadmap to Sucess (The Ultimate Guide + Image Quotes)

Everyone has their own definition of what it means to be successful. At the very least, we should all recognize that no two people are created identically.

Our path to success should be distinct from that of the person standing next to us. However, we can fall into the dangerous trap of believing that someone else's definition of success should also be ours. Take care.

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Whether we're talking about your job, business, or personal life, it's difficult to resist the contagious excitement that surrounds those fantastic dreams and goals you allow yourself to explore.

After attending a euphoric state-inducing personal development seminar, you may experience the slump of post-seminar blues. Worse, your current circumstances do not allow for the changes you vowed to make that weekend. Nothing has changed.

Prepare to wave goodbye to the post-seminar blues and speed through each destination on your road map to success. The quality of your life will improve if you repeat these simple steps over and over.

You should use these steps as standard strategies to propel you to greater success in whatever shape or form you choose.

1. Specify what success entails for you

Is it simply having enough or more money than you'll ever need that allows you to feel and judge yourself successful? Is it having a beautiful house worth more than $2,000,000 on Manhattan's upper east side?

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Is it having a caring partner who encourages you in your endeavors? Do you give each other equal support?

Is it only through the tertiary education roadmap that you believe you can make a meaningful and successful contribution to the global economy? Is that your definition of success, or does it come from someone else? Maybe your mother's or father's?

Ariana Huffington, CEO of Thrive Global and celebrated author of Thrive, had a wake-up call in more ways than one when her daughter Christina discovered her on the floor of her office, in a pool of blood, having hit her head and breaking her cheekbone as she fell.

The exhaustion and overwhelming stress that had led to her fainting compelled Huffington to drastically change the editorial's work ethics, values, and rules.

Ten years after her accident, Huffington continues to lead the conversational charge among global leaders to change the badge of honor that successful people must work 24/7 and give everything they have, even if it means jeopardizing their health.

Rather than focusing on power and money as the only measures of success, she explains that wisdom, well-being, wonder, and giving will lead to greater success by nurturing your psychological well-being.

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We can't argue with Huffington that without it, we're dead in the water.

According to Warren Buffet, the way he defines success today has nothing to do with money:

“I define success by the number of people who adore me.”

You can't help but fall in love with the wisdom and nobility these words appear to reflect, but using it as your sole definition of success is probably risky. Would Buffet have defined success the same way if he had today's wisdom at the age of 20?

Consider where you are in your journey. As you navigate your roadmap, you are likely to have a variety of goals and measures of success. Non-tangible ideas of success, according to Huffington and Buffet, are critical to our overall success.

Let us not forget, however, that these business leaders rank extremely high on the power and money metrics due to their tenacity, persistence, and many other success habits. But that's not all there is to it.

If you're not sure what you'd say if someone asked you what success means to you, here are some ideas to get you thinking and feeling.

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What is most important as your head hits the pillow and before you close your eyes is that you internalize that you have chosen your definition of success and that you accept full responsibility and accountability for making that decision.

2. Examine Your Life's Progress and Satisfaction Examine the major areas of your life. Not just those in which you believe you should make changes. Examine them all:

  • Your profession or business life;
  • Your interpersonal relationships – your intimate or life partner, family, and friends;
  • Money management and money management strategies;
  • Commitment to your faith or religion, as well as spiritual personal growth;
  • Your physical and mental well-being;
  • What recreational or leisure activities do you engage in for fun to energize your spirit and enrich your soul?
  • Do you have any ideas about what success looks like in each of these areas for you?

Trying to restore function to a beautifully crafted Swiss watch while ignoring a rusty-looking cog in the tiny internal workings that requires attention is akin to attempting to restore function to a beautifully crafted Swiss watch while ignoring a rusty-looking cog in the tiny internal workings that requires attention. When one cog is turned, the others all turn. If you ignore a damaged one, the system will malfunction.

Give yourself a rating of one to ten for each area – one represents the least satisfaction and ten represents the most – and ask yourself the following questions to assist you in determining what is important to you:

  • How satisfied or content am I with this aspect of my life right now?
  • Where do I want to spend the rest of my days now that I'm happy?
  • What would that new level of fulfillment look and feel like?
  • How important is this area in comparison to the rest of my life?

Whatever areas you recognize as needing your primary attention, consider making personal development and improvements to your physical and mental health, as well as well-being, a consistent feature of your action plan.

You will need to be constantly aware of the external obstacles you will face, as well as the internal psychological battles that will arise from within.

Without your mental and physical health, it is unlikely that the rest of the ‘cogs' will turn properly.

3. Discover Your Values and Priorities

Don't make the mistake of believing that goal setting can be completed in a single sitting. You want to make sure that the pursuits you write down aren't just flashes of excitement that ebb and flow with the rise and fall of tidal trends.

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Explore how you feel about each of your life areas to improve your ability to identify your priorities. Consider the levels of satisfaction you may have assigned to each. And now, write down your goals for who you want to be, what you want to do, and what you want to have.

Set aside your initial literary ramblings and return to them in a few weeks or a month. Repeat the process without looking at your initial thoughts to see what patterns emerge. What keeps coming up as being significant? What ideas elicit the same yearning or emotional pull?

Allow for this if you are unsure about the direction you want to take. Don't try to fill the void too quickly. Desperation will likely have you chasing the last exciting concept in fear of missing out, or trying to fill the void of excitement you crave.

Increase the frequency with which you pause and ask yourself:

Why does this strike a chord with me? Could this be a distraction that complicates the path I've planned? Am I turning into the proverbial person who chases two rabbits but catches none?

Dr. John Demartini explains in his book The Heart of Love how becoming acutely aware of your values and priorities can help you understand why you are and where you are in your life at any given time.

If you're not sure what you believe you stand for, consider where you spend your time, energy, and attention. Examine your actions and work backwards.

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You may believe that making money and accumulating financial wealth is high on your priority list. However, if you spend more than you earn and allocate money to depreciating assets rather than appreciating assets, your behavior is inconsistent with that of a financially savvy person.

Examine your life and ask yourself if the goals you've set are in line with your values. Examine your daily habits and ask yourself if the way you operate satisfies the steps that will get you closer to your goals.

If not, not all is lost. You simply need to face some hard truths and reality checks before proceeding on your path to success.

4. Deliberately make time to work with a coach

You must accept the fact that you will most likely be swimming against the tide.

Prepare to be disliked, unpopular, criticized, and potentially ostracized once you make clear, unwavering decisions about your goals. There is a good chance you will lose some people's friendship and support, but you will gain new friends and support from others.

Make time to work with a coach, no matter what area(s) of life your goals pertain to. Choose wisely who will be that person to encourage and walk alongside you.

Find someone who understands how to work with the specific issues and challenges that lie ahead, whether it's a certified coach, a family friend/mentor, or a qualified therapist.

Having that objective guide on hand can be a lifeline. This helps keep you on track even if other aspects of your life aren't going so well.

5. Become Familiar with Your Own Habits and Behaviors

Despite the scientific evidence, we do not recommend that you start getting up at 5:00 a.m. and exercising for an hour before you even consider starting your day.

You should begin asking yourself the following questions much more frequently:

  • How well do you understand your own habits and routines?
  • Do you understand how your choices and patterned behaviors help or hinder you?

You've decided what you want to work on. With more clarity on your values, you can see which priorities are high on your list and which are low. It is now time to reinforce and reward the habits that propel you forward on your path to success, while modifying those habits that cause you to veer off course.

But keep in mind that part of the joy of the human experience is being fallible, so don't suddenly abandon all those character-building “vices.” Your flaws are an essential piece of your one-of-a-kind success jigsaw puzzle; they are the motivating factors that led you to embark on this journey in the first place.

Demartini and New York Times journalist and author Charles Duhigg both explain in their books the importance of first recognizing your unhelpful behavioral patterns. You identify the emotional and psychological rewards that influence whether you keep, break, or form a habit.

When you understand the rewards that make you feel like a Christmas tree, you can link them to new or modified habits that support values you want to prioritize.

Assume you enjoy eating out. You adore artisan cuisine and get excited every time Heston Blumenthal creates chocolate water in his food chemistry laboratory. Despite your claims that you want to increase your investment in appreciating assets, your spending habits indicate otherwise.

As a result, you may want to start looking for ways to save money on your higher-end dining. The dishes may not compete with Heston's masterpieces, but your taste buds will still enjoy a culinary roller coaster, and you'll feel good about allocating the discounted amount to a savings program.

Your stomach is happy, and so is your bank account. The entire experience transcends short-term gratification and satisfies a variety of values and goals.

It's not difficult to change habits or form new ones; it's just a matter of finding a happy marriage. Take your time looking for it. There will always be options.

6. Rejoice in your victories and keep track of your progress along the way

You must train yourself to deliberately reward yourself when you make changes that move you closer to success.

Dr. Tali Sharot, a professor of cognitive neuroscience, explains how the brain responds and adapts far better to rewards than punishment when it comes to learning behavior and developing new habits.

When we use punishment, we reinforce the traumatic memory as more important than the lesson we were supposed to learn in the first place.

We inject fun and humor into our success journey by gamifying rewards. We also alleviate the stress that comes with learning new things, developing new habits, and adjusting to new ways of being, doing, and having.

Final Thoughts

If you reach a plateau in your progress, you may need to allow yourself to plateau and shift your focus to another priority.

The switch may enable you to think more freely and clearly about how to get past your stumbling block. It could also be a good time to stop and smell the roses.

After a workout, your muscles grow stronger during their resting phase. Animals hunt a lot before going into hibernation to replenish their energy stores.

Remember that constantly pushing forward is not a natural rhythm. Repeat the cycle of rest, recovery, and rallying forward, and then…restart.

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