I watched a Ted Talk by CNN news anchor⸻Zain Asher, (who happens to be Chiwetel Ejiofor’s (from 12 years a slave) younger sister. Her talk which was titled, ⸻“Trust your struggle”, literally changed how I view life and the process of becoming a #GirlBoss.
I believe most of us have heard the famous saying that goes⸻ “Success happens when preparation meets opportunity”.
While I do believe this to be true, I also know that to achieve success, there are certain steps that should be taken to ensure that success is the ultimate goal. As we all know, success does not happen by accident. It is a purposeful and well- thought out process, often involving hard-work, determination and consistency. In all my years, I have never heard someone say that they became successful by accident. On the contrary, success always involves hard-work, determination and consistency. While many of us may know (theoretically speaking) what it takes to be successful, few of us have a well-thought out plan on how to achieve this success. We know that for us to land a good job, we need to study hard in school, get good grades, and have an outstanding CV, and that should get us right where we need to be, right? Well wrong. It is not as easy or as ordered as you may think. To be successful, there are certain steps that should be adopted in day-to-day life to ensure that success is the ultimate destination.
1. Create a Routine
Whatever you set your sights on, you need to create a routine that best works for you. Most successful people claim that this often involves starting the day early (waking up earlier than you normally would), which ensures that you get the most out of the day. Experts also suggest that you develop a workout plan like going to the gym or taking an early morning walk, which helps the brain to release endorphins; a feel-good chemical that helps the brain function at its maximum capacity. Setting up a workspace is another important aspect of establishing a routine (particularly for those who work from home). It is important to get a clean and tidy workspace, where you can set up your laptop/ and or tools, which is essentially your workstation. Routines may differ from person to person, depending on a variety of factors such as work schedule, family setup and lifestyle etc. Nevertheless, you need an organised plan on how to achieve your objectives.
2. Stay ahead of the competition
There is no doubt that we live in a highly competitive world. There is no longer such a thing as a “monopoly” over a product or service. Everywhere you look, people and companies are outdoing and outsmarting each other with better, faster and easier ways of doing things. Likewise, in our individual goals (whether professional, career or otherwise), we should aim to stay ahead of the competition; by seeing what is out there to improve ourselves, product or service rendered. If you get stuck in a “rut”, you are likely to get left behind.
3. Get out of your comfort zone; take risks
For many of us, we tend to stay in our comfort zone and rarely take a leap of faith. Well, I am here to tell you that if you want to be successful in life, you will have to learn to leap a little (or a lot). This might mean attending a course aboard, or accepting a job transfer in another city (far away from family and friends) or even switching career paths (if you are led that way). Whatever it may be, success often involves getting out of your comfort zone and taking risks you may or may not be comfortable with. Always remember that success is never achieved from a place of comfort.
4. Set Goals; daily/weekly/yearly goals
To succeed in life, you have to be goal-orientated. This means establishing a set of goals that you would like to achieve. Goals can be professional, career, personal, relational, spiritual and/or fitness. Regardless of how successful you are in your chosen field, everyone needs a set of objectives that they would like to achieve. Goals can be short or long-term goals and they can also be divided into daily, weekly or yearly goals. Dividing your goals into daily and weekly objectives is an effective way to achieve long-term success. Think of it like this, your daily/weekly goals are a road map to achieving your long-term goals. For example, if your goal is to run a 10 km by the end of the year, your weekly goal should be to run a minimum of three times a week, to prepare your body (and mind) for the 10 km ahead. If you don’t do, you are unlikely to be able to run the 10 km.
5. Invest in yourself
Investing in yourself is a crucial part of becoming a Girl Boss. To invest in yourself means to equip yourself with the necessary tools, skills and networks that you need to succeed. For example, if you want to be the best in the field of say event planning, you should arm yourself with the necessary skills, knowledge and know-how. This might involve signing up for an event planning course or attending various networking events, that will broaden your spectrum and link you up with other people in the industry.
6. Surround yourself with positive people.
The road to success is seldom a smooth one. On the way, you will be sure to experience a few bumps and curves. Here, it is important to surround yourself with positive people who will encourage you when the going gets tough. You should stay away from nay-Sayers and negative people who will give you 100 reasons why something won’t work but fail to give you that one reason why it will.
7. Trust the process.
As with everything in life, we need to be patient, give it time and trust the process. No matter what your life goals are, you should keep hope alive and believe that all your hard-work is not in vain. Sooner rather than later, your hard work will materialise into some tangible, potent and successful.