When we talk about how to become successful, we’re usually talking about accomplishing a particular goal….or reaching a specific milestone. But sustaining success over the LONG TERM is a whole different ballgame. Sustained success is about achieving and maintaining success in all areas of life, including your career, your relationships, your finances, your health, your “play time” and personal development. It’s big picture. And it’s widespread. But is “sustained success” even possible? And if so….how? Unhappiness has been rising, worldwide, for at least a decade now. And for many people, being truly “happy” feels like a pipe dream. But success very rarely happens overnight. And with intentional attention, anyone can make consistent progress toward their best (and happiest!) life.
What is Sustained Success?
Sustained success is a holistic approach to success that takes into account consistent and long-term achievement in ALL areas of life. Sustained success celebrates the beauty in the journey itself, rather than just the destination. And it involves finding fulfillment in the PROCESS.
It’s not about marching, head down, towards a single goal….particularly when you’re sacrificing joy and fulfilment in other areas of your life, in order to do so.
Ultimately, sustained success is about creating a life of purpose, meaning, and impact – a life where your achievements aren’t just measured by external metrics…..but by internal satisfaction from making space.
Sigh….now THAT sounds incredible, doesn’t it?
The Benefits of Sustained Success
No one likes a one-hit-wonder (except maybe Norman Greenbaum’s Spirit In The Sky). With short-term success, it’s like your foot is jammed on the gas pedal – you go fast….but as soon as you reach your destination, you slow down. And you lose momentum.
With sustained success, it’s about consistency, and small successes over time. It’s the kind of success that lasts. And that feels good!
By achieving sustained success, you can experience a sense of purpose and meaning, better relationships, easier life transitions, increased financial stability, and improved physical and mental health. Not to mention, a heck of a lot more FUN!
It’s success as a whole person. In every aspect of your life.
The Sustained Success Method: How to Become Successful and Stay Successful
OK, so how do you go about attaining sustained success? Let’s take a look at the Sustained Success Method! This method is a seven-step process that can help you achieve long-term success in all areas of your life.
- Stop – Slow down and take a break to evaluate your priorities.
- Look – Reflect on what you have, and what you want in life.
- Listen – Pay attention to your heart and intuition.
- Dream – Imagine and visualize your ideal future.
- Get R.E.A.L. – Create goals that are Related to your dreams, Expansive and inspiring, Aligned to a habit, and Linked to a reminder.
- Act On It – Take daily action towards your goals.
- Stay the Course – Continue to make progress towards your goals, even when faced with obstacles.
These steps will help you pay attention to the dreams that have been sewn into your heart….so you can start making consistent progress toward your BEST LIFE.
It’s not swift. And it’s definitely not an easy fix. But it will help you build a happy and fulfilling life.
How do you overcome obstacles in achieving goals?
Most people on this planet are operating in their “zone of excellence” – meaning, when it comes to their career, they’re good at what they do….but it’s not necessarily filling them up. In fact, if they weren’t getting paid to do it….they’d be outta there, in a heartbeat.
Even with relationships – people often settle for “good enough.” And that can lead to deep-seeded feelings of resentment and discontent.
So what’s keeping them “stuck?” What is preventing them from breezing through steps 1-7 of the Sustained Success Method, and creating a better life?
It comes down to mindset – which is good news! Because mindset is manageable.
- Shiny Object Syndrome – This is when you get distracted by new opportunities or ideas, causing you to lose focus on your current goals. To overcome this, it’s important to stay committed to your long-term goals and have a plan in place to evaluate new opportunities…BEFORE deciding whether to pursue them.
- Not considering the whole picture – Sometimes we can get so focused on one area of our lives that we neglect others, causing imbalance and dissatisfaction. To overcome this, it’s important to regularly evaluate and prioritize all areas of your life….. and make sure you’re dedicating time and energy to each of them.
- Lack of consistency – Consistency is key to sustained success. Without it, you may experience short-term success, but it won’t be sustainable. To overcome this, it’s important to establish good habits, routines, and systems that support your goals and keep you on track.
- Lack of accountability/community – Having a support system or accountability partner can make all the difference in achieving sustained success. To overcome this obstacle, seek out like-minded individuals or mentorship groups that can provide support, encouragement, and accountability.
- Lack of focus – With so many distractions and demands on our attention, it can be difficult to maintain focus on our long-term goals. To overcome this, it’s important to eliminate distractions, establish clear priorities, and break down your goals into smaller, manageable tasks that you can focus on one at a time.
By addressing these obstacles and staying committed to the Sustained Success Method, you can achieve long-term success in ALL areas of your life…..and experience greater fulfillment and happiness.
I Want to Be Successful For The Long Term – Now What?
Now that you have a better understanding of what sustained success means, and how you can achieve it, it’s time to take action.
And the good news is that you don’t have to do it alone!
I’d like to invite you to join the Act On It Mastermind
In this online group coaching experience, we take small daily actions, in order to create incremental shifts over time. Learn to slow down, and tune into the dreams that have been sewn into your heart.
As a member, you access to a whole slew of benefits and value. Learn more here
So. Exciting. Right?!?
If you’re ready to start living a deeply fulfilling life that is aligned with your desires, this community is for you!
Remember, the privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are. I can’t wait to help you on your journey towards sustained success!