The typical process in earning a college degree includes many steps during a four-year journey. Attending class, listening to lectures, and studying are among the requirements needed to pass exams. Requisite exams passed results in completing a course and the award of credit hours. Repetition of all these steps finally ends in qualifying for a degree. This whole process, requiring many steps and daily effort, is a good example of what is needed for lifetime success.
Lifetime success is daily success multiplied by many days.But how do we define daily triumph in a way that assures lifetime success?
Daily victory is achieving, on a routine basis, what will result in permanent, long-term success. This includes making progress on large, life-changing goals, such as a college degree.
What are your most important long-term goals? You should have more than one; I suggest that at least three special purposes can ensure a well-rounded lifetime. On any given three days in a row, are you working toward making progress on one or more of these long-term goals? If not, you may be enjoying your life. You may actually be accomplishing things that are important. But, greatsuccess – as defined by your most important long-term goals – means that you need to diligently work consistently each week on your master plan.
Going an entire week without any focus or progress on long-term goals means that you are approaching life based on what happens to you. Your environment and the events that unfold daily are dictating your chosen effort and the final results.
It is true that successful people are often busy. They believe that hard work and effort does pay. While successful people may be described as goal-oriented and busy, I do not think that all busy people would be described as successful. In fact, I have met very few people who are not busy. Even retired people are busy.
‘Busy’ does not define success. What we do each day really does matter. Being busy may even be counterproductive – that could be part of the problem. Accomplishing a lot of tasks may look good to others. It even may make you feel good. But, unless what is accomplished has the significance of lifetime achievement; unless it involves something that is very important, it turns out to mean that you are just a busy person. And there are lots of busy people out there.
What three goals would you like to accomplish in the next three to five years? What one single goal this year would make a real difference in your life? Is that goal represented in your daily formula? Do you now have any regular habit that is connected to the steps that are needed to accomplish this major goal?
How can you audit this? Simple. Every week, on whatever day represents the last day of your week, review if you actually took any step or action related to your major goal.
A busy person, consumed by life’s events, is no closer to permanent long-term success than those who are less active.
Is long-term permanent success something you sincerely desire? Then, first decide what long-term goals would determine that success. Next, create a daily formula that includes regular progress on these major, important goals – your master plan. Spend time each week maintaining and improving your daily formula. Audit, at the end of every single week, the progress you make on each major goal.
Lifetime success is daily success multiplied many times.