Is to define what it is.

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

— Helen Keller

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Believe it or not success looks different for everyone. Some might think of success as fame, or as having a big house with a nice car, while others prefer to serve the community and live modestly. These are all great “big picture” ideas and they absolutely deserve to be on your vision board, but this is just the best place to start. You know what you want perfect now what other things do you need?

Your how? At what cost? What will keep you going?

How will you get your house and car?

This is vital. You might say, “Well, Sasch, obviously I’m going to get a job.” And yes, that seems obvious, but there are people out here that gain these things without working a day in their life. So let’s talk about it. How are you going to gain this level of success? Is it from a lover, building your own business, stock, invention, working in a field you love, working regardless if you love your job or not? There’s a million different way to get there. So really sit down and think about what actions you are going to take to become that successful.

At what cost?

At what cost are you willing to gain this level of success? It’s important, very important to flesh out what you’re not willing to lose in order to gain your ideal level of success. If you’re willing to lose it all, you might just do that. But if you prefer to have people, places, or things you’re not willing to give up to have your dream house, note those things. This helps to set boundaries. It helps to respect yourself and your values. For me, I’m not willing to lose my loved ones for my success. I want them here with me through all of my successful days.

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What will keep you going?

Ok so now you’re there, you’re successful. You look around and appreciate what you worked hard for? Now what? You can’t just stop. You have to maintain at this point, so know what’s going to keep you going. It’s important to have a solid idea on what’s going to keep you going even after everything is placed in your lap. For me, I write for more than a nice car or a big house. I write for the future creatives, lovers of life, and to maybe help the lonely feel a little less alone. There’s no good reason for me to stop. Not if I fail, not if I sell a million books. I’m going to keep on writing.

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”

— Albert Einstein

With all that being said, the truth is that success isn’t fixed in one place. It moves and evolves as you learn and grow. Right now, to have a big house and nice car might be your definition of success, but it’s also important to acknowledge successful milestones and daily successes. It’s important to accept that you are already successful whether you have the big house yet or not. Always move, whether it’s forward or backward, just keep moving.

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

— Winston S. Churchill

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