“Success” means different things to different people, and so no single formula would seem guaranteed to help everyone achieve it. But whatever your goal, certain general principles can guide you there. Here’s a quick list of elements every success plan should include:
• Vision. This isn’t so much the “what” (though that’s important) as the “why.” Be clear on the value of your objective, and you’ll be able to commit to it fully.
• Knowledge. Do your homework. Start by admitting what you don’t know;identify how you can get the knowledge you need, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
• Planning. Take a step-by-step approach. You can’t become a top CEO in a day, for instance, so clarify exactly what your final outcome will look and feel like, and lay out specific activities that will lead you consistently forward.
• Action. All the planning in the world gets you nowhere if you don’t take that first step. Don’t wait for conditions to be absolutely perfect. Get going!
• Review. While moving forward, take some time to evaluate your progress. Chances are everything won’t flow in exactly the direction you hoped. Be ready to adapt and make changes as necessary.
Here are few words on success from the book, "Success Built to Last" by By Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery and Mark Thompson
"Builders –– enduringly successful people –– tell us that when success just means wealth, fame and power, it doesn’t last and it isn’t satisfying. Builders insist that success may never come without a compelling personal commitment to something you care about and would be willing to do without counting on wealth, fame, power or public acceptance as an outcome."