Discovering Your Path to Success - Abby Locke

Discovering Your Path to Success

Success can easily be compared to the genie trapped in a bottle. For many of us, it is a matter of finding a way to open the bottle, and then, follow a specific path.

This path can be exciting, revealing and often filled with twists, turns and unexpected setbacks.

Along the way, you will expand your vision, increase self-awareness and learning much about yourself and what’s possible.

To many professionals, real career growth and success seems like a fairytale despite their hard efforts.

In reality, career success is often just around the corner…sometimes it already exists and what needs to change is your perspective. Like looking for a hidden treasure that’s in plain sight..the skills, gifts and abilities that you already possess and the professional accomplishments that you already have made.

Working with what you have along with a clear end goal in mind, you are on your way toward success.

Write down your goals.

Do more than write them down, keep them in a place where you can see them often or everyday. Whether it’s a handwritten note in your wallet, a big post-it on your desk or a pop-up message on your digital device, you should see, absorb and read out loud your goals every day.

Connect with your goals

At the end of the day, you have to be passionate, engaged and emotionally connected to your goals to be successful. While each person’s goals and purpose will look differently, you will be successful at something that you love doing. Think about the things you loved as a child, the activities that you enjoy and can do for hours, tasks that come easily to you and that others reach out to you for help.

We all have something that elevates our energy, gets us motivated and excited for action, and make us feel purposeful. Dig down deep to get really clear about that before committing to your goals.

Prioritize your goals.

Determine which goals are most important now and which ones can be relatively quick wins so you can start gaining traction immediately. What do you want to accomplish in 30 days, 60 days, 90 days or a year from now.

Make sure your goals are SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable and Time-Sensitive. When you read your goals, assess how you really feel about them.

  • Are they really your goals or someone else’s goals for you?
  • Are you motivated to achieve your goals?
  • What would your life look and feel like when you accomplish your goals? 
  • Can see where your goals link to the legacy you want to leave?
  • Do your goals allow to increase your knowledge, expertise and impact?