Success. It seems to be something that everyone strives for – but at its essence what is success?

According to Oxford Dictionary, success means “The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” It is a very vague definition – but this suits the word, as success is relative.

It is the attainment of your goals, aims, dreams and purposes. What you may quantify as success, someone else might not.

For example, success may be academic for some, sporting success for others; whilst yet others may measure success in financial terms or even artistically.

So, how can we be successful?


As Marie Curie said “We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”

The first step to achieving success is to set goals. These goals are going to specific to what you deem a success. If you want to be successful in any field, you need to set goals for yourself and put them down on paper.

Your goals must be clear and well defined so that you know exactly what you are aiming for. Remember you need goals to show you the way to define precisely where you want to end up.

When setting goals, you should also ensure that they are measurable. Don’t just set a goal by saying I will do better at maths, set a goal of achieving more than 85% in your maths tests throughout the year.

It is also important to remember that goals are attainable – that they are possible to achieve. If you set a goal that you have no hope of achieving, you will only demoralize yourself and erode your confidence.

Likewise, it is important to resist the urge to set goals that are too easy. You need to be able to set a realistic yet challenging goal, bringing you real success.

Goals should be relevant to what you want to do in your life. They need to personal.

And lastly, goals need to be time bound. When you are working on a deadline, your sense of urgency increases and achievement will come that much quicker.

As Muhammad Ali said, “What keeps me going is goals.” Setting goals also help you in your next step to success – Focus.

Steps to Success (Part 2): Focus & Prioritise