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Being successful most of the time is an art. It's a defined series of steps that must take place in order to yield results

Are you a winner? Are you someone who always gets what they want? Are you one of those people who do what they set their eyes on no matter what the circumstances? If you answered yes to all of these questions then you are among the highly successful people in the world that have a proven formula for success. If you did not answer yes to all of these questions, you are part of the other majority in the world that tries to succeed but has good and bad days. This post is for the majority - because you have some catching up to do.

Success is not magic or sorcery. Success has also nothing to do with luck. For someone to be lucky would mathematically be attributed to chance or probability almost every single time. Luck is also a factor that happens when we get or are presented with an opportunity. "I found a great job. I got lucky," or "I found the best tickets, I got lucky." These are terms commonly used to define a stroke of luck, but these are nothing but opportunities where you got favored through chance or probability theory. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. You can still say you got lucky. No harm done.

Success, chance, opportunity or probability?
Being successful most of the time is an art. It's a defined series of steps or actions that must take place in order to yield results that you then call success. Sometimes success is also failing, if that was your goal in the first place. So in addition to being relative to how you define it and how you view success in a specific situation, let's assume that for the sake of this blog, success is gaining or achieving something that you are working toward. It could be monetary, financial, career, professional or a personal goal that you have set your eyes and mind to. Qhat would it take to be successful? How can we have just one formula to succeed at everything? Is it even possible to succeed at everything with just one frame of mind? Yes it is. Here is how.

1. Plan Your Success -Planning is a key part of success. Everyone we know who is successful has achieved success through careful planning. Yes I can guarantee that. Take a look around and look at people in your circle, your community your city who are highly successful. Every one of them succeeded because of a plan, each being unique to that individual. Highly successful people have the habit of planning the steps they need to take to succeed and the collection of these steps is the plan. A plan usually has a few moving parts. As you start you need to create key milestones in your plan. These stand out as important things that must happen as your plan takes place. You also need to have a timeline of when things should happen. This is called your timeline, and last what the end result of your plan should be. Without identifying these, your plan is as good as a sand castle. Success has a much higher chance of happening if planned properly.

2. Respect Time Everytime - Time and tide wait for no one. This saying stands true no matter what year it is or what place on earth you live on. Time has been called and known as the most precious commodity in the world. Given that you have planned your steps to success, most of the time it is helpful to have a set defined time with your plan. A set time for success will give you the right direction and help you put together the right resources. Planning time is also key to being able to set your milestones. Respect time as the ultimate governor of success.

3. Monitor Progress - Planning your steps and allocating time to your success is not enough if you do not have a mechanism to measure your progress. Measuring results, progress or the lack there of are important to gauge how your plans to succeed are going. Perhaps you are short of time and need to work extra hard or maybe you are far ahead of the curve and need to slow down a little. It could also be that you are far ahead in your plan but have not hit any milestones yet, which could be a cause for concern. No matter what it is, you have to be able to monitor your progress on a regular basis.

Bonus Step
Planning your success, setting a timeline and measuring progress are the foundation of achieving any goal. What adds to this trifecta of success is creative visualization. Now we're not talking about any voodoo magic or the like, but actually visualizing how your plan is going to execute and visualizing yourself achieving success at every step. Visualizing has been used as a success aid for many decades in areas such as high performance sports, business and other areas to drive people that extra mile toward success. Don't feel shy to take a few minutes away from your time to visualize your success and how it makes you feel. It will definitely add a new dimension to your skills.

 

Let's Plan Your Success
No matter what your goal, success can be made much more planned, and when it's planned it has a much higher probability of happening. Success is a process that can be defined, a result that can be made more probable by planning, and a series of steps that can be executed. Keep in mind that the weakest link in your success is going to be how detailed your planning is and how you measure up to the tasks of creating a timeline and following through. Remember, you can be successful at anything, provided you define what success is for you and that you take the right steps toward it. Last - about being lucky, maybe you can define that for someone after you have succeeded through the three steps and help them understand how true luck happens.

More Stories By Ian Khan

CNN Futurist, Forbes Contributor, Author, 3 Time TEDx Speaker and Technology Futurist, over the last 20 years Ian Khan has had the privilege to serve the needs of over 5000 organizations by fueling their growth through technology solutions. He has helped a diverse set of businesses ranging from Technology Companies, Oil Companies, Power Generation & Renewables Operators, Microsoft Ecosystem Partners, SAP Customers and Partners, Healthcare Providers, Manufacturers, Facility Operators, Startups, Educational Institutions, Nonprofits & associations and more. Ian’s experiences with these organizations led him to a unique position of being able to identify the common challenges of growth for all these organizations. The bottom line as he found out, is that we all are hungry for success and want to grow and make a difference. Where we fall short is by failing to understand our environment and taking the right action within that environment. After 20 years serving the needs of the industry Ian’s natural pivot was to answer his calling and help organizations at a broader level understand what tomorrow brings. His work and study of all these organizations brought forward very unique perspectives that he now share through his work. Today, hands down, we live in the great time for humanity. Technology is a great thing, but it also has its victims. Many organizations of tomorrow will fail under the pressure of a fast changing world, much of which is fueled and driven by technology. Ian’s mission is to help organizations avoid that pitfall, and propel themselves into success in today’s era and go from digital disruption to digital transformation in the fastest and most sustainable way. This is the only way, according to him, we can together create limitless value, create solutions that are faced by us locally as well as by others around the globe, and make the world a happier place. Today Ian’s work spans working with people by delivering keynotes, consulting and by promoting his 7 –Axioms methodology through his book and workshops. He is also working on an ambitious project of releasing a documentary in spring of 2018 called Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 will capture the thoughts and insights of some of the world’s leading thinkers and help us understand the 4th Industrial Revolution, Its Impact, and how we can all be have an opportunity to be part of the emerging future and make the right choices. For more information please visit www.iankhan.com

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