Many of us spend our days traveling from one high-pressure environment to another, "putting out fires" and dealing with issues, before we arrive at the end of the day and wonder where all the time went. We live a life that is determined by custom and conformity. In truth, we don't really know how to measure whether we are being successful or not in real terms, even though we may often measure ourselves against the performance of our peers, close friends or family.

You may say that you do not have enough time to focus on the bigger picture, but simply need to make sure that you have enough money to put bread on the table, to look after your family and to take care of those often mundane chores that are part of your daily existence. You may wonder what is the secret of success, or even wonder what is the meaning of life. This is a phase that we all go through from time to time, yet sadly a majority of us do not take the necessary steps to achieve real success in life, in holistic terms.

If you want to take the first steps on this journey toward a brighter future, you need to assess certain critical success factors and make sure that you pursue them, doggedly. Unfortunately, there are many distractions and even more naysayers who will, subconsciously or not, try to pull you back.

The first thing that you need to do is to sit down and remind yourself what you are truly passionate about, whatever that may be and remind yourself why that passion exists in the first place. Commit to pursuing one or more of these passions with vigor. Make a list of reasons why you could be successful here and make a list of the potential distractions, as well. Set goals accompanied by specific conditions. Make these goals realistic, but infinitely achievable.

Dream of how successful you can be. Think of what you could do when you are successful in this way and how you could enrich not only your life, but the lives of everybody all around you. Remember that everything that we do, individually, affects a number of other people and this goes for negative actions as well as positive actions. Understand that by being successful, you will create a knock-on effect.

Always make sure that you have values attached to your goals and that the interim goals are measured and themselves rewarded. Be happy with the fact that it may take some time to get to your ultimate position of success and that you will find "speed bumps" on the way. This is why it's important to celebrate interim goals, to help you refocus on the bigger picture.

You have to believe. Your spiritual faith should certainly help you to understand that there is more to life than the mundane. It is well within our abilities as human beings to achieve whatever level of greatness we want to in our lives, but the longest journey begins with a single step.

Author's Bio: 

Diana Samalot is mother to twin girls, writer, entrepreneur, internet marketer and success coach. She can help you market your online or brick and mortar business with a proven system, training and world class support. To find out if you qualify to become part of her team of entrepreneurs and possibly a millionaire, go to >>>>