Psychology of success

What does success mean to you? Perhaps it’s how much money you earn, what you own, your relationships, your health and well-being or some other measure. Perhaps you are looking for new ways to harness your ideas, energy, and ambition to create better results in your life. Maybe there’s something missing.

Do you have goals? If you do, what are they and what is your progress towards achieving them? It’s too easy to get stuck in rut where nothing changes. Achieving goals is often much harder than simply stating them. There are many obstacles. One of the biggest obstacle is time pressure. It’s a major issue for most people. There are not enough hours in a day, so you must be selective with your time.

Achievement has no simple measure. Only you can judge if you have achieved your goals or you’re lagging way behind your plan. however, it’s wise never to compare yourself against others. You should look at your own progress over a period of time; how do your finances compare with last year’s results, for example?

So how do you define success? Ask yourself a few questions: what’s most important to you? What do you think makes a successful life? Who would you emulate or who do you admire? What are you willing to commit to? How will you know when you’ve succeeded? Notice how the answers are all based on your views. It must be this way; other people’s opinions are not relevant here. ‘Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it’ – Maya Angelou.

The wheel of life is a popular way to measure success in terms of your family, career, health, personal growth, relationships, finances, leisure activities and home life. For each of the 9 areas measure your level of satisfaction on a scale of 1-10. Where you have a low score in one or more areas, each area needs your attention.

The psychology of success is easy to measure and is the key to happiness.