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4 Tips for Success in 2019

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Monday, March 18, 2019

This year could be your year.

If you want success, you have to be able to define exactly what you’re aiming for, or you’ll never know if you have achieved your goals.

So what is does success look like, and how do you measure it?

A scientist and a math whizz will say, to define your success rate, you have to set a metric and divide the number of successes by the number of attempts or trials made. That way you’ll get a percentage of your success rate.

But people are not experiments, and we want different things out of life.

A new survey from Strayer University found that rather than power, possessions, or even social prestige, 90 percent of Americans these days believe that success is defined around happiness. So if you want to be successful in 2019, you need to work out what makes you happy, and aim for that.

For some, having a heap of cash in the bank might make them happy. For the majority, doing things we love or spending time with loved ones is a priority. [2] The Strayer study revealed that 60 percent of us feel success is loving what you do for a living, and 67 percent associate success with achieving their own personal goals.

There’s a universal shift in what is valued in the U.S. today. It’s tied to economic, social, and cultural changes over the past few decades.

The responses to another study examining what Americans feel is missing in their lives that would make them feel successful found that higher income was the most important missing factor. A dream job was also a popular response showing 22 percent of Americans felt if they had their dream job they would have made it.

These four things can help you feel more successful in 2019:

  • Take care of your health. Get a thorough medical checkup. Then take action and get moving. Find the form of exercises that you enjoy – it may be hiking or dancing. And remember, health needs to include your whole self, meaning your physical and mental well-being. Taking the time to figure out what you really need or want means you may have to take a small step back, and evaluate what it means to be truly healthy.
  • Find out what you really want to do. Once you know what your dream job is, you can strive towards that.  But if you have no clue what that would even look like, you need to start envisioning success before it can be attained.
  • Budget. Work out how much you need to save so that you can do the things you want to do with the people that matter most to you. Setting a target for your financial goals, so that you can meet other goals or have better experiences makes sense. Money in itself may not buy happiness or love, but it can help you go places or do things you would not otherwise be able to do.
  • Go after your goals, and give it everything you got. If [2] 67 percent of Americans associate success with achieving their personal goals, there’s a good chance that if you achieve your personal best, or reach the targets you’ve set, 2019 will feel like a year of success.

 

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