Plotting your path to success – QC Legal’s Overview
By Aruba Abid
Success happens by design. Success happens when you decide what you want; you make an active plan to go for it; you execute the plan to perfection. The key: you decide what you want! You are the one that must determine your path to success because it is you who must decide what constitutes success in your life. Billions of pounds are spent each year – on failed initiatives! Strategies will only exceed to the extent they are underpinned by desire and clarity of vision.
Factors we focus on at QC Legal:
Your purpose is what you ultimately want to do with your life, and what you want your life to be about. It is based on the areas of life you are most passionate about, and how they play out to define who you are. Many people want to leave a legacy behind, but legacy is what is left behind when you have dedicated yourself to living and fulfilling your purpose.
To start thinking about your purpose, try answering the following questions.
1. Describe your ideal world?
2. What are your greatest skills, traits and attributes?
3. How can you use these skills, traits and attributes to create that ideal world?
Values are the rules by which you want to live your life. Values are who you are and how you want to live your life. As such, if you fail to live by your own values, you will lose confidence and self-belief. We all have values and beliefs; to an extent, it’s about tapping back into them and readjusting and redefining.
THE IMPORTANT AREAS OF LIFE
You may be familiar with the wheel of life exercise. The exercise requires you to identify the most important areas of your life. You then asses how happy you are in each of these areas. The wheel is used to symbolise the need for balance i.e. if you are happy in one area and not another, the wheel will not be perfectly round, so it won’t move with ease. It is a very useful coaching tool, aimed at achieving balance. People come to think that they need to allocate the same amount of time, energy, attention, money etc. to each area of their lives to achieve balance. This isn’t the case. Work on your blind spots and weaknesses and you will be a much more effective, ‘rounded’ individual – pun intended!
Now that you know which areas of your life are most important, you need to decide what your dream is for each of these areas. If you were living your best life, what would that area of your life look like? You may need to start with a paragraph or two but ideally, you will then be able to narrow that down to one sentence which states clearly what you wish to achieve.
There are many ways to skin a cat, not that I’ve ever tried! You have multiple strategies you could employ to bring your dream to life, but it is important to choose the one that best suits your personality, working style and motivation. It is this strategy which will then shape your goals. You need to own the strategy, so it helps that it reflects who you are.
Again, there any many different actions which you could take to implement your strategy, but if you want to create an effective path to success, you must choose the most valuable actions. Not all actions will produce the same results, so it is important to select the ones which will yield the best returns.
Your path to success is something you must create for yourself. Nobody else can really tell you what will make you happy and nobody can tell you the best way for you to go about creating the life you want. You must decide your own destination and create your own path for getting there, i.e. your corporate Yellow Brick Road!
YOUR PATH TO SUCCESS SHOULD BE NARROW AND DIRECT.
Sources: https://www.vault.com/blogs/workplace-issues/how-to-map-your-career-like-an-author-structures-plot https://greenbanana.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/plotting-a-personal-path-to-pr-career-success/ https://www.boost.co.nz/blog/2017/05/user-story-mapping https://test.engagehub.com/blog/plot-path-customer-engagement-success-data-orchestration