Everyone wants to succeed at something. Whether it’s relationships, raising a family, investing money, running a business, moving up the corporate ladder—or all of the above—there’s not a person alive who doesn’t want to succeed at something that’s important in his or her life.

No doubt, you have your own goals you want to succeed at reaching. Think about them for a moment… then ask yourself this important question: “Am I any closer to success now than I was a year ago?”

No? Well, you’re not alone. All of us occasionally lose focus on what’s important when it comes to reaching that pinnacle of success we’ve designed for ourselves. So, no matter what your definition of success may be, here are five tips that may help you succeed.

1. Define your goals

It may sound a bit simplistic, but the first step to achieving what you want, is defining exactly what that is. Just like you wouldn’t take off on a cross country trip without a destination in mind, you can’t go through life without mapping out just where you want to go. By defining what you want, you create your own personal roadmap to success.

2. Motivate yourself

Abraham Lincoln said, “You can have anything you want – if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish, if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.” In short, you need to make a commitment to yourself that you will do whatever it takes to achieve your goals.

3. Never stop learning

Successful people never stop learning. They take the time to ask questions and are not afraid to put in the hard work needed to come up with the right answers that will lead to success. What’s more, the learning doesn’t stop when you’ve become successful.

4. Be your own best fan

If you don't believe in yourself, no one else will, either. If you look at the lives of successful people, you’ll see that they all have this air of self-confidence that keeps them true to their goals. You, too, have to believe in what you’re doing.

5. Do what you love

Unless you love what you do—and do what you love—it will be difficult to find any degree of success in your life. If what you’re doing now doesn’t bring you joy, consider what other options may be available. It’s never too late for a career change, especially if it will bring you happiness and fulfillment.


The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice. Any views expressed in this article may not necessarily be those of Nevada State Bank. Nevada State Bank is a division of Zions Bancorporation, N.A. Member FDIC