Beyond the feel-good fluff, the hype, the sales pitches and away from all the self-help jargon, what does it really take to be successful? Like, really? And not successful over the short term (which is not really success) but rather, forever results. Permanent positive transformation.
Want it or not, like it or not, very few of us tend to create massive and lasting shift in our world. We want to, intend to and hope to… but for a range of reasons, we don’t. Which is not to say, we can’t.
So, with no fanfare, fluff or flimsy promises, let me share with you my thoughts on the stuff that really matters and works when it comes to the process of reinvention and real world change.
The following list is based entirely on my experience over the last thirty years working with teams, companies and individuals all looking to create lasting positive shift in their world. If you’ve been a chronic start-stopper and you’d like to change, my advice is to read, consider and apply what you know to be relevant for you.
Being as it’s my list and algorithm, I’ve also create my own 1 – 10 scale of importance for each of the ‘success ingredients’ (you’ll see the score in brackets) with 1 being relatively unimportant, 10 being extremely important and the rest… well, you get it.
Here we go:
Talent (2). In a general sense, talent matters but not nearly as much as people might think. It probably matters most in fields like sport and the arts but even then, I’d only rate it a 5.
Choices (9). Better choices equal better behaviours, results and reality. Your choices set your course.
Behaviours (9). Change lives in the application of the information. Knowing is not doing. As I’ve said many times, life is not a book, a workshop, a theory, an intention or an article on me-dot-com.
Clarity of purpose, vision and goals (7). It’s hard to reach a destination that hasn’t been determined. If you can’t define success (for you), you probably won’t create it.
Mental and emotional resilience/toughness (7). It doesn’t matter how talented you are, how clever your plan is or how great your intentions are if you throw in the towel every time things get uncomfortable. And many people do.
Problem-solving skills (6). Your ability to be the solution-person (not the problem-person) matters. A lot.
Attitude (10). Your mind is the data processing centre on Planet You. It gives things meaning, power, significance and relevance. It’s where (for better or worse) you create your own experiences and your own version of reality.
Communication skills (7). Unless you live on an island by yourself, being able to interact, connect and communicate effectively with others is key.
Self-awareness (8). The value of good self-awareness is a seriously underestimated ingredient in the success recipe. People who have little or no self-awareness will create more disconnection, disharmony and disaster than anything positive.
Accountability (8). An accountability system (structure, organisation, assessments, processes, KPIs) will help us stay productive and proactive when the novelty wears off and the excitement subsides. Sometimes the things we need to do are not the things we want to do.
Motivation level (4). Motivation is great when it’s there but like most emotional states, it tends to be intermittent at best. Relying on motivation to get the job done is a bad plan. Commitment, on the other hand….