In his bestseller book, The Success Journey, author John Maxwell writes, “True success is not a thing you acquire or achieve. Rather it is a journey you take your whole life long.”
If indeed the quest for success is a journey, then the steps for achieving success should be the same as planning a trip.
The steps one takes when planning a trip are:
Accomplishing these steps enables you to determine the best route (most direct or scenic), mode of transportation and timetable. The same is true when embarking on your life’s "success journey". If you know your starting point and you know your destination, you can calculate the distance and time you need to travel and the strategies to get you there.
Whether you seek success in your professional or personal life, your journey begins by asking yourself three questions.
By comparing your desired goal to your present state, you can begin to calculate the amount of effort, time and resources required to reach the desired goal. You can also evaluate the resources and skills you currently possess that will help you achieve your goals. You may surprise yourself and find yourself closer to reaching your goals sooner than you thought.
For example, if you are 30-years old with a goal of retiring at age 60, you have the luxury of time to build your retirement fund over 30 years. You can select a lifestyle and make adjustments to your expenditures and contributions toward your retirement over a period of time.
However, if you are 50-years old and your goal is to retire at age 60 with the same lifestyle you currently enjoy, you must determine the amount of money you will need in your retirement plan at the time of retirement and compare it to the amount to your current savings. If you led a moderate lifestyle and consistently saved from the start of your career, you may find yourself closer to your goal than originally thought. If you maintained a higher lifestyle and contributed less to your wealth accumulation plan, you may find a greater disparity in what you need and what you have. To overcome this disparity you must make choices. You can continue with your current savings strategy and retire at later age or reduce your lifestyle, contribute more to your retirement plan and retire when planned. Before strategies can be formulated to achieve your goals you need to know your starting point and your destination.
To determine your starting point complete the Personal Life and Professional Life Assessments.
The assessments are comprised of three sections, each section representing a cornerstone of Total Success: Financial Health, Physical Health, and Emotional Health. Completing the assessments enables you to evaluate where you are in your personal and professional lives, and how much effort is needed to improve them. You have an indication of where you are in your life now and those areas in your life you need to work on to achieve more wealth, health and happiness.
There are no correct or incorrect answers. Your goal is to rate yourself or your practice with complete honesty. The assessments will delve into many areas of your personal and professional life but are not all-inclusive. As you complete the assessments, you may become aware of areas that are not listed. Feel free to make adjustments to the assessments to fit your needs.