How to Create Your Own Success

How to Create Your Own Success

Whether it’s for your personal life or your career, I’ve found that one of the most powerful actions you can take to propel yourself toward success is to look back, recognise, and celebrate the achievements you’ve had along the way.

Celebrating Your Own Achievements Breeds Confidence Inside of You

It forces you to remember that 6 months ago, or 12 months ago, you had certain goals. You worked hard to achieve those goals. You met those goals. And most likely, what you did next is you crossed those goals off your list, added new goals and then completely forgot about the old goals you have previously achieved.

Without Stopping and Celebrating Your Achievements in Life, It’s Easy to Feel that You’re Always at the Start Line.

When you always feel that you’re starting from scratch, it can really diminish your self-confidence, lead to self-doubt and sometimes make you feel that you’ve achieved nothing in life.

When in reality, you’ve achieved. You’ve accomplished. You’ve fulfilled those big audacious goals you set for yourself in the past.

When You Set New Goals, You’re Not Erasing Your Past Achievements

You’re aiming higher. You’re lifting the bar, and you’re pushing your boundaries of comfort and coziness. Aiming higher is the path to success. But to make sure you don’t lose confidence along the way, it’s also important to occasionally look back, smile with pride, and remember what you’ve already achieved.

This week, I want to help propel you closer toward success. I want to help you look back and celebrate your own achievements with the following confidence boosting activity: Create Your Success List. I’ve created a template you can use for this activity, which you can access here: create-your-own-success-list. You can type directly on this document (all fields are editable), or you can print it out.

How to Create Your Success List?

  1. Take out a sheet of paper, or use the template that I’ve created for you here: create-your-own-success-list.
  2. Take your mind back to 6 months ago, 12 months ago, or even 2 years ago. Try to remember at least 3 goals you set for yourself at that time. These goals could be related to your professional life or your personal life.
  3. Write down these goals. Use definite language such as “I will ask my boss for a raise”, or “I will tell my boss I want to be considered for that new job opening”.
  4. Did you achieve those goals? Write down if you achieved those goals. Use positive language such as “Achieved”, “Accomplished”, or “I did it! Yay!”.
  5. How did it make you feel when you achieved those goals? Write these feelings on your sheet of paper. Did you feel stronger, more motivated, more successful than before? Really tap into those feelings and try to make them real again.
  6. If you didn’t achieve a goal, write down the reasons why. What got in the way? How can you eliminate that distraction or fix it in the future?
  7. When you’ve completed your Success List, I want you to put it in a place where you can see it everyday: on your wall, in your diary, or use it as the desktop image on your computer.

Whenever you feel you’ve not achieved enough in life, read this list out-loud to boost your self-confidence and self-worth.

I want to leave you with a great quote from Winston Churchill,

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”.

I’ve also written a couple of articles that give valuable business etiquette advice and help you to create a successful professional life: “5 Keys to Professional Success“, and “5 More Keys to Professional Success“. I’d love you to take a look!

How to Create Your Own Success

I hope this confidence boosting activity gives you the courage to continue achieving your goals. If it has helped, I’d love for you to leave a comment in the section below. What fabulous goals have you achieved in the past 6 months or 12 months that you’re proud of? Did this confidence boosting activity help remind you of those fantastic goals you’ve achieved?

About Kara

Kara Ronin is the founder of Executive Impressions. She is an executive coach who specialises in leadership presence, social skills and business etiquette. She is also the creator of Bestselling Udemy course, Business Etiquette 101. Kara’s advice and unique perspectives have been featured in Time Inc., Business Insider, Ignites Europe (a Financial Times Service), The Muse, The Local France, The West Australian, and more. Kara works regularly with lawyers, investment bankers, and finance professionals to help them build presence, authority and influence in business. Get Kara's insights delivered straight to your inbox