1. Forgive yourself and others
To be successful in life, you have to learn to forgive yourself and others for things that have happened in the past. It’s often easier to forgive others than to forgive yourself, but you need to say ‘I am no longer a prisoner of the past, but a pioneer of the future’. You cannot change what happened, you can only learn from it.
2. Dare to dream
The poorest person in the world is the person without a dream, and the most frustrated person is a person with a dream that never becomes a reality. To be successful, you need to live your own dream and not try to live the dreams of others. You have to be successful for your own reasons. Share your dreams with others with care, because negative people will discourage you from striving
3. Show determination and commitment
Staying power is all-important in reaching your dreams and goals. You need determination and commitment.
4. Be disciplined
As you mess with success, you begin to understand that you have to be disciplined.
5. Make a difference
I urge you to show grace and generosity to those who are less fortunate than you are. Remember, what you do for your self disappears when you die, but what you do for others will remain a legacy. That is true success.
6. Set a SMART goal
Now that you know what you want to achieve or become, you need to define it by making it a goal. Your goal has to be:
7. Adapt to technology
Dependency on technology will increase in the future. Spend time learning new computer programs to improve your productivity, not as just another new toy.
8. Embrace diversity
Get comfortable with other ethnic cultures, religions and customs. Learn a little about the customs and attitudes belonging to workers from other cultures
9. Be creative
Being creative demands thinking outside of the box and looking for innovative ways in which to solve persistent problems, increase productivity or produce a new product or service. What worked last year may not necessarily work today. When a challenge presents itself, be the first to offer a new viewpoint or recommend an alternate course of action. Your ideas, combined with the creative ideas from other employees, will help your organisation renew itself as necessary to be competitive in the 21st century.
10. Check your attitude
Believe in yourself and have an ‘I can’ attitude. Train yourself to look beyond the negative events and to see the opportunity cocooned within an obstacle. By doing this you will add value to those around you. Refuse to grumble when circumstances are adverse. Refuse to complain. Be grateful for where you are now, and for where you are headed. Your attitude determines your altitude!
The above is an extract from David Molapo's book Choose to Change.