Define success on your own!
You likely spent most of your childhood and teenage years chasing good grades in school and striving to win your sports matches. “Success” in those days meant achieving a goal someone else said was worthwhile. But once you’re officially in your 20s and out in the real world, the meaning of life gets a little muddy. Your work doesn’t get graded, and the trophies are slim to none. You have to define “success” on your own!
So, what does success look like to you? Many people would answer that they want to feel happy and content with their lives.
That’s a worthwhile goal, but we encourage you to dig deeper!
What does a successful, happy life look like to you?
Inc.com says you’re 42 percent more likely to achieve a goal simply by writing it down. With that in mind, break out a journal or open a new Google Doc and try one of these writing exercises:
Jump 5, 10, 20 years into the future in your mind. Envision yourself leading a successful life. You’re so successful at this point that there’s even a Wikipedia page written about you! What does your Wikipedia page say?
Write down a “day in the life” for your future successful-self in as much detail as possible. What time do you wake up? What’s your attitude like in the morning? What do you eat and drink? Who’s there by your side?
Work backwards from these detailed visions to create some short-term and long-term goals for your 20s.
If “successful you” gets up at 7 am every morning because she’s eager to start the day, you could set a goal to always get up at 7 am.
What would it take to put you in a positive mindset in the morning? Make that a goal too.
Life doesn’t have to just be a series of events that happen to you. Take some control. Give yourself a roadmap for life. Use our site to create your own Guide for Your 20s. Save the articles that will help you achieve your goals so you can re-read them easily. When you’re ready, submit your own success story to be featured on the site!