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5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself If You Are Not Yet Successful

Do you truly have the feeling of being successful or you still feel your life is a ship going nowhere? If you feel within you that you have not yet arrived, you are not alone.

So many of us have not reached eureka point in our search for greatness or success. That point where we can beat our chest that our efforts have finally paid off. While many feel unsuccessful at one point in their lives, and remain at that same point until they die, some also had the same feeling and became dissatisfied with their condition. They ask relevant questions, and turn their lives around.

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself If You Are Not Yet Successful

My purpose for writing this post is to assist you with some questions that can help you redefine your life, and things that are really important to you so that you can attain the kind of success you desire.

If you feel you are not yet successful, here are the basic questions you need to ask yourself, and provides answers to. It is important to know that this questions are not arranged in order, and some may not pertain to where you are right now in your personal journey. Just take time to go through them and think about the ones you need. 

1.What is my definition of success? 

 In my book, winning paradigm for tough times, I wrote my chapter one title as “define success for yourself.” You need to ask yourself, “What does success mean to me?” “What feat will I attain in life that would mean success to me?” It is extremely simple for everyone of us to slip into the trap of conducting our lives according to what society expects of us. When you become a victim of that, you will be living your life in competing with others. Success to you will mean catching up with the joneses. 

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That is a wrong place to be. You must take a deep look at your life, and define how you want your best life to be. It does not necessarily need to be the type of life everyone desire, but you must find out what you want out of life. 

Living life without an idea of what constitute success to you is like living a directionless life. Your life can easily be tossed around by what other people are doing when you don’t know what you are living for. When you don’t have your own definition of success, what you have would never be enough for you. You will likely suffer from the disease called “more.” The best way to define success for yourself is to write down your life time goal. State vividly how you want your life to be. Let it cover areas such as relationship, finances, health, spirituality, values and so on.

 Think about this instruction declared by Anne Sweeney:

“Define success on your own terms, attain it according to your own set of guidelines, and build a life you are proud to live.”

2. Can I really become successful doing what I am doing now?

 The author of "Think and Grow Rich," Napoleon Hill said, "Success is a progressive realization of a worthwhile goal." Let us assume you have defined success for yourself, one other question you need to ask is whether what you are currently doing will help you achieve the kind of success you desire. Success is an end. It is a destination. It takes the right action in the direction of your goal or the kind of success you desire to actualize it. No matter how busy you are, if your efforts are not in the direction of your goal, it will get you nowhere. 

If you must be successful, you must make sure that your daily actions align with the kind of success you want to be. You may not be successful overnight, but if you keep working on your goal, one day, you will find yourself living the kind of life you want to live, or getting the kind of result you want. It all begins with making effort in the direction of your goal.

3. How can I achieve my desired success?

It is not enough to know what you want in life, you must also know how to get it. To achieve success, you must consistently take action to ensure that your dream become a reality. It is your job to know what set of actions you will need to take. 

To answer this question, you may need to study the lives of those who have achieved what you are planning to achieve, and find out what they did to achieve that feat. If they have written a book, you can buy their book and read, or consult them for advice. At all cost find out what you need to do, and do it. The knowledge you have about how to get to where you want to be is the vehicle that will carry you to your desired success.

4. What factors are holding me back? 

If you are reading this post, you probably already have your own idea of success, but have not yet arrived. If you have defined success for yourself, and have been making efforts to realize your goal but it seems nothing is happening, one thing you need to find out is the factor(s) holding you back. There are many factors that can prevent one from success. 

You know yourself more than anyone else, by going to a quiet environment with your pen and a paper, you can ask yourself this question, take a deep look at your life and identify those things holding you back. In my personal life, I once did same assessment and found out some factors, some of which include, procrastination, improper planning , indiscipline, inability to take action, fear of failure and so on. You need to find out what factors are holding you back, and do something about them.

5. Will my life remain like this? 

If you really want to be successful and your life seems stuck at a point, you need to ask yourself if your life will remain as it is. The answer to that question lies in your hand. The truth is that success doesn’t just happen. It is a product of consistent effort in the direction of goal. If you don’t do anything about becoming successful, by default you will end up a failure. I know you don’t want your life to remain the same, you want an improvement. You want to live your wildest dream. The possibility of success lies in your hand. "We are the master of our fate" said William Henley , "we are the captain of our soul." You must challenge yourself against all odd that living your dream life is possible. George Eliot said. 

  “It is never too late to be what you might have being.”

Whatever you have decided to achieve in life, you must have it in mind that it won’t come to you on a silver platter. You will have to pay a price for it by taking actions that correspond to the kind of outcome you want. It may be long before you start living your ideal life, however, with hard work, dedication, determination and perseverance you will create the kind of life you want. 

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Over to you

Have you ever ask any of these questions in your quest for success? What other question do you think is worth asking to enable us move from where we are to where we want to be? Feel free to share your comment in the comment box.

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