A Secret To Success: Aim Small, Miss Small

Success is something that rarely finds people on its own. Instead it's something that people go out and grab. If it were an easy thing to do everyone would do it. We all want to do better at work, have a larger bank account, and overall be a happier person. Some people have figured out that no matter what walk of life you come from or what industry you're in that certain tactics help you grab success.

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In June I had my first blog entry about "A Secret To Success." This secret was to bet on yourself early and often. At the time that I wrote that I was in the middle of betting on myself in my career and I'm here to tell you that it works. If you'd like to give that blog a read the link is available here: http://www.chicagonow.com/own-your-legacy/2013/06/a-secret-to-success-bet-on-yourself-early-and-often/

The next secret to success that needs to be discussed is every bit as important as betting on yourself. Aim small, miss small is something that I learned in the Marine Corps. It's a thought process that began with weapons marksmanship but over time has been used in almost all facets of planning and leading. 

Aim small, miss small is all about creating a more clearly defined focus and end state. How can you know if you're on the path to success if you have never defined a goal or mission? You can't.

The first way to start this more focused approach to success is to evaluate whether or not you have a mission statement or vision statement. If this is something that you lack, don't worry these statements only take a little while to create.

The next step is to analyze your goals. Do you have goals? If so, are they written down? Have you told anyone what they are? If not, now is the time to start doing this.

Once you have a mission statement, a vision statement, and proper goals you are on the path. The way to maximize this path is when you can really begin separating yourself. This is the part when you have to define what is required for you to reach these goals. 

You also need to start deciding who can help you get to this point. If you don't know who those people are, start by deciding what type of people those are. A great example of this would be deciding that you need to find a mentor or that you need to reach out to a recruiter in your industry. Once you know what type of person can help you, it makes it easier to find those people.

If you take the time, energy, and investment into yourself that I have just outlined you'd be amazed at how far this will take you. If you couple it with betting on yourself early and often, well, now you're really cooking with grease.

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Until next time, own your legacy.....

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