Knowing how successful you are and knowing how successful you could be are two different things.  Recognizing the difference is sometimes elusive.

In many ways, you are probably more successful today than you could have imagined in the past.  Now let’s extrapolate that.  Do you understand you will probably be more successful in the future than you are today?

Whether that greater success arrives is often up to you.  The decisions you make, how you choose to approach new situations, your attitude, and your convictions about life all have a tremendous influence on your success.

Success means many different things to many different people.  Success is sometimes equated to money, but often it is not.  The context and the circumstances are very important.  On a fundamental level, success can mean just being willing and able to say, “yes.”

Pamela Redmond Satran wrote, “7 Steps to Successful Juggling” in the current issue of Writer’s Digest (September 2012, pp. 24–27).  Satran reflects upon her experience as an author and some of the lessons learned about achieving success.  As you might notice, it often comes with an attitude adjustment.

Although Satran’s advice focuses upon writers and other creative types, I couldn’t help recognizing how the concepts she shares have applicability to everyone, regardless of position or title.  So whether you happen to be a writer or not, give Satran’s advice your ear, and see how it just might find application in your life to make you even more successful:

“Now I just say yes.  To almost everything.  People are sometimes surprised that a much-published author is enthusiastic about spending an evening with a book group or writing a blog post for a small website, but I’ve learned that you can’t judge the benefits of projects purely on the basis of money, and having the chance to talk one-on-one with an enthusiastic reader or write something completely from the heart can be worth as much as a big payday.

“I’ve also learned that I can handle a lot more time commitments than I thought I could.  The more you do, I think, the more you can do, and writing faster, producing more, trying new things and taking risks all create energy rather than draining it.  If you’re going to say no to something, make it the school bake sale or the lunch with the neighbor who only likes to complain.  When it comes to writing opportunities, just say yes.” (p. 27)

By the way, Satran’s newest book is, Rabid: Are You Crazy About Your Dog or Just Crazy?

I think I like her style.

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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