How to Prepare Yourself for Success | Devise Your Strategy

How to Prepare Yourself for Success | Devise Your Strategy

Everyone dreams of being successful. Every human being wants success. Everybody wants the best life can deliver. Nobody enjoys crawling, living in mediocrity.

Success, or getting things done, is the ultimate objective. Teachers usually ask kids as early as pre-school, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” When we try to understand the world from a child’s perspective, we invariably arrive at illogical conclusions, the majority of which are literally on the tip of our tongues.

Growing up, these dreams change overtime. Some pursue what they initially want, but most pursue what is practical, convenient, or what has influenced their judgment.  What we set our into eventually becomes the goal we see to accomplish as we gear towards success, but success is not as easy to grasp as it may seem.

How to prepare yourself for success?

You can better prepare yourself for success if you work on developing a set of specific mental talents. Because of this, you have the ability to accomplish even more than you ever imagined was feasible for you to do.

It is a very good method to begin to understand what it is in life that you truly desire, and it may also assist you in designing some tactics to reach your goals if you write them down first.

Self-discovery follows. Knowing yourself, your principles, and your passions. This is crucial because without self-knowledge, you can’t succeed in life. Know your talents, abilities, limits, strengths, and defects to know yourself. This will help you decide what to read, what to learn, and what to attend.

Self-image is the first step toward achieving anything because it is so powerful and significant. Because of its power, it may be the first ladder towards your goal. Passion, effort, and intelligence make you powerful and capable. If you have a low self-esteem, your employment, school, and other activities may suffer.

Our actions and manner of life must always be characterized by a relentless pursuit of perfection. When we do anything wrong, we need to be able to acknowledge it and apologize for it. This mentality will prevent us from engaging in pointless discussions and will free up more time for us to work on enhancing our abilities.

Being positive is beneficial. Thinking in a pessimistic way will never lead to success. A pessimist is certain to fail frequently. Your thoughts determine the world you experience.

Setting realistic expectations

Expectations are deeply ingrained in our nature. We have expectations of ourselves, and the people around us have expectations of us as well. These expectations, imprinted in our minds as a must-achievement, push us to make plans accordingly.

We subconsciously create a bucket list of things we want to accomplish within a specific time frame. While setting a goal is ideal, it is also critical to determine whether it is realistic or unrealistic. Here is where the importance of creating goals that are attainable comes into play.

When we set realistic goals, we have a better grasp on what we want to accomplish in a reasonable amount of time. Plotting goals to a timeline, when we are certain and confident of their realization, is critical because we control the factors that lead us to achieving the same without feeling undue pressure.

When we force ourselves to do something right away, we tend to rush ourselves, which usually results in unnecessary disappointment if we fail to achieve what we condition our minds to do. Setting and meeting realistic expectations is part of setting realistic goals. These two go hand in hand in the sense that when we set realistic goals, our minds are set on specific, albeit reasonable, expectations.

These expectations become clear, flexible, and consistent, preventing us from feeling disappointed. It also boosts our self-esteem because we achieve our goals within realistic time frames and without feeling rushed. It is easier said than done, and the path and actions we take are critical to our success.

What does it take for me to succeed?

We are bound to experience highs and lows before reaching success. Success necessitates some form of sacrifice. There is no way that we will receive something for nothing. When Joel Osteen said, “The depth of your pain is an indication of the height of your future,” he was correct.

The path to achievement is never a straight or simple one. It may come easily to some, but everyone has had to go through their fair share of hardships before reaching success. To be honest, there are a lot of factors to consider in order to succeed.

Sacrifices and discipline, determination and faith, and goal-setting are just a few of the important scaffoldings required to gradually build a strong foundation for success. To begin, we must have the determination and faith within ourselves to help motivate us when we achieve a specific goal.

Without this, we are bound to stray, resulting in burnout, and the goal becomes more difficult to achieve than it actually is. When we stay motivated by determination and faith in ourselves and God, we stay grounded and our minds are at ease about where our focus should be.

Staying determined, though sometimes difficult due to various obstacles and circumstances, is essential to ensure that we never lose sight of the prize. When we have faith in ourselves, it is a self-soothing action in which we repeatedly remind ourselves of words of affirmation that will carry us through various tribulations we may face.

Faith in ourselves leads to even more faith in our Creator. We are, after all, human, and we require the Lord’s guidance and blessing to motivate us even further in achieving our goals. Now that we have determination and faith, we must endure the sacrifices and discipline required to navigate the paths to success.

Success necessitates sacrifice

Success necessitates sacrifice, and discipline exists when we sacrifice in order to make way for things that lead to the completion of our goal. Sacrifice manifests itself in various ways, most notably when we let go of things that may impede our progress toward success. We usually make time sacrifices.

Time for ourselves, our loved ones, and even the things we enjoy doing in order to make more time for the things we must do. We discipline ourselves through a necessary routine to keep us on track for the tasks that we must complete. Working without discipline may result in slacking, causing the work to be completed at a later date than desired.

“Meet problems and obstacles as they arise. The test of a successful person is not the ability to eliminate all problems before he takes action, but rather the ability to find solutions to difficulties when he encounters them.” ― David J. Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big1

David J. Schwartz


In order to keep us on track with what needs to be accomplished, goal-setting is crucial, as what was already said. We must establish and maintain goals. Setting out maps and plans for our goals helps us see more clearly what has to be done and when.

It acts as a roadmap for the precise steps we must take to complete our task. It is a summary of every little thing related to our objective and what we must complete. Anisa Marku wrote a book titled “The Art of Creating Wise Objectives,” in which she stressed the significance of developing an action plan for our objectives.

She underlined in her book that keeping a goal journal and seeing the broad picture will help us understand why and how to slowly but steadily work toward our objectives each day.

“If you want better results, then forget about setting goals. Focus on your system instead.” ― James Clear, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones2

James Clear

Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals was a topic that Anisa Marku talked about in depth. In this case, our objectives must be clear, measurable, attainable, relevant, and set for the right time. Putting our goal into these categories will get us one step closer to our main purpose. The schedule needs to be broken down by task and time, and each task needs to have a due date.

After getting in the right frame of mind and setting the right goals, we need to make it a habit to go about our daily lives with our objectives and tasks in mind. Habits are formed over time and stay with us forever. Doing things well enough to make them a habit means that you can do them again and again.

“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow. The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.” ― James Clear, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones3

-James Clear

Yet, staying on track can be hard sometimes. So it’s important to give ourselves time to rest and start over. It’s also important to give ourselves rewards in ways that make sense to us. It is also crucial to remember ourselves that our daily actions, no matter how little, determine who we are, our life, and our achievements. Success doesn’t happen overnight.

We owe it to our future selves to go out and do what needs to be done and make it happen. Our drive is what pushes us to reach our goals, which will lead to our success in the long run. Remember that once we set our minds on something, we can’t be stopped. Keep going, pay attention, and keep your sights on the prize. In the long run, each and every one of these things will be beneficial.

“Your potential is limitless. You are unique, valuable, capable, and worthy of the dreams in your heart. Most of all, you have what it takes to transform and transcend whatever challenges you face.”4

― Marie Forleo

  1. David J. Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big[]
  2. Atomic Habits, James Clear[]
  3. Ibid.[]
  4. 22 Insppiring Marie Forleo Quotes[]

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