Success is not something that you can achieve overnight. If you want to experience success, you have to work hard for it. Success is a combination of skill, determination, commitment, and perseverance. Here are some tips to help boost your success in business.
1. Begin with a dream.
A project or a business always starts with a dream. Use your idea and turn it into a vision of what you want to accomplish. Every achievement begins with a dream. Use your vision to fuel your next steps. It is vital that you believe in your dream and work on it.
2. Create SMART goals.
“Dreams are free so why limit what you are aspiring for? But dreaming is not enough. One needs to put in enough energy and input.” – Tony Tan-Caktiong
It’s alright to dream big but in order to turn it into a reality, you need to make SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound) goals.
Specific: Use the following “W” questions to come up with specific goals.
- Who is involved?
- What do I want to accomplish?
- Where will it be done?
- Why am I doing this? (State your purpose or reason.)
- Which constraints and/or requirements do I have?
Measurable: Determine how you will tract your progress and gauge the outcome. Set measurable parameters to help indicate if you have accomplished your objectives.
Attainable: Be realistic. Make sure that your goals are possible to achieve.
Relevant: Your goals should be aligned to your objectives. They should fit your short-term and long-term goals.
Time-bound: It is important to have a time frame in mind to help you achieve your goals. Set deadlines to establish sense of urgency and prevent you from getting side-tracked
3. Motivate yourself.
“Success is always there at the horizon. To get there, know how to chart the surest path, and follow it no matter what happens along the way.” –RAFFY DAVID, Pilipinas Teleserv
It’s not enough that you have a sound business idea. It is important to push that idea until it materializes. Self-motivation plays a vital role in turning an idea into something tangible. It is the ability to motivate yourself and find ways to make something work without being told to do so by another person.
Sometimes motivation is high during the planning stage but it abates as problems come up. Self-motivation means being able to maintain the drive to set your plans in motion.
It takes dedication and courage to excel in business. Being in business is a learning process. It’s normal to encounter difficulties along the way. Self-motivation is exerting consistent effort to reach your goals and not letting challenges deter you. When you get discouraged and lose sight of your goal, you might end up failing.
5. Stop making excuses.
“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember you can achieve.” — Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
Fears can prevent us from becoming successful. Fear of failing, fear of making a bad judgment, fear of uncertainty, fear of making a mistake, fear of being embarrassed, and fear of initiating change are just some examples of excuses that we impose on ourselves.
Excuses can prevent you from reaching your potentials. People who always make excuses often neglect their responsibilities and rationalize why they didn’t or shouldn’t do things. A person with this kind of behavior is likely to fail from attaining his/her goals.
To achieve success, you have to be in control of your life. Change the way you think by embracing a positive mindset. Believe that your success or failure depends on you. It is your own commitment that will help you reach your goals. Recognize your abilities to achieve your objectives.
6. Do not procrastinate.
Do not postpone tasks for tomorrow if you are capable of doing them today. Avoiding certain tasks can build up a pile of unfinished business. Prioritize your responsibilities and set deadlines to prevent unnecessary delays in your operations.
7. Learn to be optimistic.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller
Being an entrepreneur can be tough. A positive attitude can help you weather the storms of managing a business. True optimism means turning problems and difficulties into opportunities. A successful entrepreneur learns to see the positive side of challenging circumstances.
According to Fast Company, optimism makes an individual more resilient in the face of day-to-day challenges. Success is not as simple as traveling down a smooth road. You are likely to encounter rough spots along the way. An optimistic attitude keeps you on the right path and prevents you from turning back when the journey becomes uncomfortable.
8. Surround yourself with the right people.
A growing business cannot be run by one person alone. You need to build a team that can help your business reach greater heights. Find people who share your vision and can contribute to your success. Choose members with diverse knowledge and skills so that they can complement each other.
The success of a business requires the combined efforts of the whole team. Build an effective team by setting clear roles for each member. Promote good communication by providing regular feedback.
9. Learn to delegate.
You cannot do everything by yourself. Delegate tasks to members of your team to save time and achieve more. Acknowledge the capabilities of each member by delegating tasks that fit their skills and experience.
10. Cultivate your passion
Without passion, a business has no future. Passion is a foundation of success. When you love what you do, you are inspired to do your best. Passion pushes you to explore new things; even to the point of going out of your comfort zone. It drives you to reach your target. Passion gives you the energy to keep on going until you arrive at your destination. It prevents you from giving up when things get tough.
Passion does not only benefit an individual but also those around that person. Based on Business Insider, passion is contagious. Passionate individuals make great leaders and mentors. People are easily drawn to them and follow their lead. They earn the respect of their team because of their dedication and commitment.
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Rachel Yapchiongco, also known as Rach to her friends, is a Psychology and Marketing Management graduate of De La Salle University. Rachel is a mom to a charming boy and married to an entrepreneur who has a passion for cooking. She shares parenting experiences and slices of everyday life on her personal blog called Heart of Rachel.