Whether you are an entrepreneur, employee, team leader, or a member of a team and working with a leader, the following tips will come in handy on your journey to success.
- You have to define your goal/s
Success happens when you achieve your set goals. No matter how similar your project, your goals will not necessarily be the same as the next person’s. As such, if you do not set a goal, how do you know when you are succeeding or have succeeded? As such, you need to define what you want to set out to achieve upfront.
- Sometimes, you may have to redefine your goals along the way
Conditions change. Policies change. Culture evolves. As such, a goal that you defined three years ago may need to be reviewed today. If you were heading to Abuja because that city offered the best opportunity for a project of yours, and you learned along the way that another city now offered better, it might not be a bad idea to change your destination. Conditions have changed; right? The world is a fast-changing stage right now, and you should be ready to review your set goals in the context of present reality and future prospects. Don’t be stiff.
- Speed is not everything
If you set out to drive or fly from your present location to another, you do not travel at the same speed all through the trip. On a highway, you can drive at a cruising speed, but on smaller roads, you take things at a slower pace. Even a pilot does not fly his aircraft at the same speed and at the same altitude all through a flight. The world wants to tell you to go fast all the time. This is foolhardy, whether it is in business or in any other kind of project. Speed is everything. Speed is not everything.
- Detours are allowed
In every project, something always goes wrong. If you are travelling, you might have a flat tyre, run into an accident scene or a construction site. In these scenarios, you may have to get off the road that you initially mapped out for your trip. No worries. A detour is not the end of your journey. Actually, it is as valid as the original road you had chosen. It may be slower and longer, but you are still on your way to your destination.
- Lastly, don’t compare your progress with others
Has a car ever zoomed past you on the highway and you went after it, racing one another, and then at the next intersection, the other car suddenly pulls off into a direction different from that you were headed? Besides the adrenaline rush, the race was pointless. Your destinations were different.
Comparison can be put to good use under certain circumstances, but as a whole, comparing yourself with others will distract you from your journey and maybe even lead to discouragement and/or burnout. You are different. Your goals are likely different. Your method and circumstances are different and as such your time scale will also not necessarily align with others. Keep your eyes on your goals. Run your own race.
I wish you all the best.