Monday, 23 June 2008

Pursuing personal success

Asking yourself three questions -- What is important to me? What am I good at? and What keeps me going? -- is probably the best place to start if an earlier definition of personal success was interesting to you. Where that sentence is wrong however is that even when you ask yourself these questions for the first time, you are not beginning the search for personal success, it is already well underway.

That's because pursuing personal success is not about starting again or discarding knowledge and experience earned in the past. It is about understanding your knowledge and experience and utilising it to its full potential. What you have learned and experienced to date is essential to your personal success and throwing it away or ignoring it is a waste of valuable resources.

When you ask yourself these questions it's not just your point of view that's important. Just as important are the things that others would say if they were asked these questions about you. As your answers take shape you are looking for them to be a combination of the things that you think about yourself and the things that the people you trust say about you. It may take a little more time but the strength of your answers will benefit as a result.

Lastly, don't worry if these questions take time because there is no rush. In fact your answers get better with time because new knowledge and experience is added along the way. If you hit an obstacle, ask someone you trust or even send a question to this blog. Sometimes your answer might take the form of a new question but new questions have the opportunity to move us forward one small fact at a time.

And if you ever wonder what these individual questions have in common? It is their direction. The direction they are helping you define towards personal success.

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