The key to fulfilling, profitable and passion-filled success is longevity. In other words, your goal may be attractive, but does it have lasting value?
Introspection will help you monitor your progress and live life mindfully. Mindfulness is all about living in the moment, and allowing your thoughts and feelings to come and go without labeling them as “good” or “bad”. (Insert hyperlink to mindfulness post) Decorate your mind with positive thoughts and turn your pain into power and motivation. We live in a society where instant gratification is the new normal, and longevity and enjoying the process is rare. There is fulfillment in allowing yourself to grow through the process, and it can be found when you stop looking for validation in the external environment, and seek inner peace. Satisfaction has to be internally driven to lead to happiness.
Another essential habit of successful people is planning ahead. When you have a vision, describe your goals specifically and see your work to the end. Then strategize on how to make these dreams happen. Fulfill your intentions with real commitments and watch yourself, your relationships, and your network grow. The greatest battle with this is when your plan goes south and you’re faced with adversity, but remember you are no greater than the thoughts you think. Adversity is a test of mental toughness. Deep meaningful conversations with others help you gain insight into who you are and where you’re going. Pursue things you love, and focus on what truly makes you happy to tap into the power of your soul. The purpose of the struggle is to develop strength. Remind yourself to forget what is behind, be mindful of the present, and continue to press on towards your goals. Don’t stop at where you are as if it is the final destination. Your current position in life may actually be a stepping stone or transportation to get where you need to be. I’ve learned that most life experiences are lessons that work to bring us closer to the path we’re meant to pave. Each step will take you where you need to be if you keep sight of the goal.
The other key to success is time management. Monitor the amount of free-time you have. Sometimes, we fill our free-time with unproductive behavior to stay busy. There is a difference between being busy and being productive. To make life more productive, consider how much time you dedicate utilizing your talents. Research, plan, and execute. Learn as much as you can about your passion, write your goals down on paper and go after them. Most of your time should be spent doing the things you were meant to do. Time is irreplaceable and it is more important than money. However as we get older, this principle often becomes distorted. We begin to value money and job security more than experience. Experience in the form of travel, cultural immersion, and networking with people in your industries of passion is integral to personal growth. Personal growth and soul-searching is key to learning how to find your purpose, and in turn make your passion your profit. We can be passionate about a variety of things, but anything you put your energy into should serve your purpose here on earth. Reserve your energy for the highest and best use. When you’re productive you’re living a full life instead of going through the motions.