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7 steps to success in 2017

7 steps to success in 2017

Aya Fubara Eneli, M.A., J.D. AYA ENELI

As we prepare to herald in a new year, many are contemplating their goals for the upcoming year. Some will choose to write down those goals, but many perhaps gun shy from perceived past failures will just hope and pray that somehow their hopes and dreams come to pass with no real active participation on their part.
As noted by an unknown school musician, “The conditions of success are always easy — we have to toil awhile, endure awhile, believe awhile.” Of course, that is all easier said than done, which is why so many despite their best intentions will end the next year in the same or worse condition than they started. But it doesn’t have to be that way for you. Success leaves clues which we are all welcomed to implement in our lives. I hope you choose to diligently follow the 7 Steps to Your Success listed below.
Identify Where You Are Now: To realize greater levels of success next year, you must first take stock of where you are right now in all the different areas of your life. Just as a navigation system cannot work effectively without first pinpointing your current location, your internal compass to success is also enabled when you first identify what you currently love and what you can’t stand in your life. Be sure to examine all aspects of your life including your physical and emotional health, finances, relationships, career (business, vocation), personal growth, spiritual growth, living environment, and community involvement. The more clarity you have on where you stand, the more you can assure your success.
Identify Your Strengths: One of the reasons we hesitate to dream big or to actively pursue our goals is because we really don’t believe we have what it takes to succeed. Here is what I know. We are all designed, in our own way, for greatness. Explore and identify your strengths and build on them. One of the most effective ways to take stock of your abilities is to make a list of all the things in your life that were once mere dreams or wishes. List both the big and little things that once seemed impossible or far-fetched, but which you have nevertheless accomplished. Figure out what you did and know that if you have succeeded in the past (and we all have), you can succeed again just by honing into those abilities and strengths you used in the past and building on them.
Identify Your Goals: Get specific about everything you think you might want to accomplish in the next 20 years and write each of them down. What do you want to do, be, share, create, learn, enjoy, have and give? Don’t stop writing till you have absolutely exhausted every thought that comes to your mind. Beside each goal, write down the number of years you want it to take or believe it will take to achieve your goal. Write 1 year, 2-3 years, 5 years, 10 years or 20 years.
Identify Your Short-Term Goals: A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. I remember my 5-year-old daughter expressing concern about whether she had what it takes to succeed in college. I told her she didn’t need to concern herself with college just yet; she just needed to finish Kindergarten. So, it is with us, sometimes we are paralyzed into inaction because we are thinking too far down the line instead of focusing on what we can do today.
Identify Your Why: Go through and identify your top four one-year goals. Write as many reasons as you can on why accomplishing those goals is an absolute “must” for you. Why do you want to do this? This is such an essential step because it will help you weed out those goals that are just “would-be-nice” goals versus what is really important to you. This will also solidify for you the importance of persevering through any obstacles that may come your way on your path to attaining your success.
Take an Action Step … Right Now!: Decide one thing (big or small) you will do immediately towards achieving one of your top four goals. It can be as simple as scheduling your next physical, cutting up all your credit cards, throwing out your stash of pornography, hiring me as your coach, signing up for rehab, etc., etc. Whatever it is, do it now. Taking this one decisive step will give you great momentum towards the attainment of your goals and a more successful year.
Create a Plan with Measurable Outcomes: A goal without a definite plan of action is more likely to fail than a goal with a plan. To the best of your ability, write out a plan for the achievement of each of your top goals. Go a step further and identify an accountability partner, an expert, a mentor, or a coach, who not only gives you insight on how to achieve your goal, but will also hold you accountable. Determine to measure your progress daily and to respond immediately as the results may require.
For those seeking shortcuts, consider the words of US President James Garfield who was at the time, principal of Hiram College in Ohio, when a father asked him if the course of study could be simplified so that his son might be able to go through by a shorter route. “Certainly,” Garfield replied. “But it all depends on what you want to make of your boy. When God wants to make an oak tree, He takes a hundred years. When He wants to make a squash, he requires only two months.”
What does success in the next year look like for you? I am hoping you embrace the path to a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
Aya Fubara Eneli is a best-selling author, Christian Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Attorney. Her life’s purpose is to empower and equip people to live up to their highest potential. She and her husband live in Central Texas with their five miraculous children. For more information, visit, follow her on twitter @ayaeneli or e-mail her at


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