The road to success isn’t a straight path. It’s arguably more akin to a formula one race course, with numerous directional changes that require expert handling to make it to the finish line without crashing. Sometimes, it’s hard to know whether or not you are headed in the right direction. I believe that as long as the end game goal — one that is broad enough to leave room for flexibility yet is aligned with your talents, passions, and higher purpose, is constant — then it’s okay to have some zig zags along the way. Here are a few different ways to help you figure out if you are on the right path in life:
You are excited to wake up in the morning
You wish you didn’t have to spend any time sleeping because you have so many great ideas running through your mind. You can’t wait to tackle the day and do something that you are genuinely passionate about. Every day is truly a new adventure, and the sheer volume of things you want to accomplish can feel almost overwhelming.
You are learning something new everyday
You never grow old if you are putting new information into your brain. Some people, on the other hand, are metaphorically six feet deep simply because they’ve unplugged their brains for the remainder of their life. In order to be successful, you must go to bed a little wiser than you were in the morning.
You are exercising routinely
Science is continually pointing to the connection between the health of ones body and one’s emotional wellbeing. Becoming active and exercising not only makes you healthier physically, but can also help to increase the mental fortitude needed to become a successful person.
You are surrounding yourself with like minded people
Your circle of friends include people who want more out of life, just like you do. You discuss ideas instead of gossiping about others. It is said that your success has a nearly direct correlation to the people you associate with. Your group is filled with intelligent and innovative people.
You are setting goals AND reaching them
You are making a commitment to become a better individual. You are following through with your short-term goals in order to eventually achieve your long term ones. Others can rely on you, and you can take great pride in knowing that you are living up your own standards. You look in the mirror and you are proud of the person you see.
You are curious
You can grasp the fact the world is ripe with opportunity. You want to know all of the different ways that you can improve yourself and put yourself into a position to catapult yourself to the next level. You have a thirst for knowledge that cannot be quenched. You want to know everything about everything.
Your friends/family/peers are noticing the changes you’ve made
When you’re on the rise, people around you will take note of it. They may comment on the weight you’ve lost due to your new exercise regimen, or congratulate you on the new steps you are taking in your career. When you are dedicated to rising above the crowd, it’s impossible to ignore. People will literally feel something when they’re around you. They may not be able to put their finger on it, but they know you’re going somewhere.
You know what’s important
You have figured out what matters and what doesn’t. Things that are not directly tied into your plan for success are discarded. You have refined your life and your time is now being utilized in an efficient way. Basically, you have removed all of the bullshit from your life.
You know you have a long way to go, but you appreciate the things you are blessed with now. You realize that life has to be lived in the moment, regardless of how favorable the circumstances may be.
You don’t settle
Although you are grateful for what you have, you haven’t settled. You live to the edges or completely outside of your comfort zone. You make goals that stretch your efforts and capabilities. Going for something big doesn’t seem so much daunting as it does exciting and inevitable, because you’ve made up your mind that you aren’t going to live small anymore.