How To Find Your Process For Success

There’s a lot of talk on finding success and what you need to do to achieve success. Every expert out there has a process for success.

And they think you should follow their path to success.

You’ve probably heard that early risers are the ones who ultimately see success. Then there’s the next expert who tells you to stay up late and burn the midnight oil.

There’s mixed messages and they’re confusing. You don’t know who or what to believe. You might even doubt that success is in your future.

Today, I want to give you hope. Today, I want to let you know success is there for you. Today, I want you to know you have what it takes.

Lots Of Hype

Once someone strikes upon success, they feel like they know what someone must do to gain success. They’ve reached that plateau, after all. They have the experience.

Someone who has had success knows what they’re talking about. Right?

Maybe not. There’s a lot of hype behind what people are talking about and the methods of their success.

They struck gold with a method. A method that works for them. A method that might not work for you.

I want to share with you how I bought into the hype of the process to success.

Reading blogs and books, so many people told me that I needed to wake up before anyone else to reach success. The path to success was one were you woke up early and began with exercise.

The next steps were to read the latest blogs and to do your best work early. Follow this up with the lesser tasks and you’re well on your way to success.

This worked, but only for awhile. Before long, it was harder and harder to wake up at 5AM. Then the exercise became a burden. And writing even became a chore.

It all sounded so grand and it all worked so well. Until it didn’t.

What does this all mean? This means that we can’t rely on others paths to success.

Make Your Own Path To Success

Eventually, I came to the point where I didn’t want to do anything that I’d learned from the experts. My exercise routines fell by the wayside (I began to put on a lot of the weight I’d lost). My reading became sporadic and I’d lost my joy of learning. My writing began to become sporadic.

This is when I realized the expert’s path to success wasn’t for me. I had to make my own path to success. Things needed to change and I had the power to change them.

What did I do? I found a routine that worked for me.

My exercise moved to the evenings. The exercises I did even changed. I picked up cycling and added weight training into the routine. Through this, I found something that blew my mind. Late night exercises reinvigorated me and I had a ton of energy afterwards. The energy boost from exercising was great in the morning but it’s been even better at night.

My reading schedule changed. I really enjoy reading at lunch but I also found lunchtime reading took away from a fun corporate culture. Instead of reading at lunch, I’ve begun to spend time with my coworkers. We take our lunch breaks and spend them playing disc golf or taking walks in the woods.

My reading narrowed. My subscriptions to blog posts still contain a large amount of sites. It always will. However, I’ve changed the way I read them and focus on what’s bringing value to me today. If something’s not resonating with me, I skim through it and move on. When something strikes my fancy, I dig in and consume the content.

These are just a few changes I’ve made to my routines and path to success. They’ve helped me to become more engaged in what I’m doing and helping me move forward.

The steps I’m taking are different than what some experts say brings success but they work for me.

I’m not sure what your path to success will look like. Yet I’m confident your path to success will look different than anybody else’s.

Don’t get stuck in a routine that doesn’t work for you only because someone else told you it was the only way to success. It’s not true and you know it.

Poke your routines. Move your routines around. Find new ways of doing things.

These will help you find your process for success.

Question: What’s a process for success that hasn’t worked for you? Share it in the comment section and see if anyone else has experienced the same thing.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • RcMaFitness

    Fitness trends like yoga. It’s the IT that everybody wants to do. So some of them practice it. Some of them do enjoy it, & some of them do it but hate it in secret. They’re afraid of saying that what “everybody” loves isn’t their thing. Sad! So … I stay away from fitness trends — unless I give it a try, & it turns out to be my cup of tea. Thanks Joe, awesome & vivid post!

    • My pleasure! Yeah, yoga does seem to be the really in thing right now in fitness. Glad you don’t give into the fads.

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  • Dan Erickson

    Love it! I get so tired of all the conflicting advice. It’s my path, not theirs. That does not mean I ignore everyone’s advice. But I pick and choose what works for me.

    • Right on Dan. We’ve got to pick and choose what works for us. If it doesn’t, we can always pass on it and find something else that does. How long do you follow advice/direction until you decide it’s not working for you?

  • Rita Jaskolla

    A true experience many for sure also share with you!

    I live in a culture where people face many “taker”-mentalities. Those people act in a certain way to get what they want. But it´s not how everyone “functions”, especially when following different values. Some are matchers and equal every favour (what a long road!), while others tend to give first. Next to consider, is the network you have, expand and use. It´s completely different to everyone elso so there´s no true success path to follow. Others might have a few great mentors, who are connected “well” while “your” mentors work with a different network and: so some doors won´t open up easily. BUT! If you are persistent, you make it!

  • Pioneer Outfitters

    Waiting. That didn’t work. B.S.-ing. THAT was a humiliating come-to-Jesus-moment. And oh, sure, there are lots more too. Copy-catting too ~ as you are talking about, doesn’t work the way we think it will as we get all hyped up on someone’s success.

    This one is what I have been in a pinched battle with for over three years now, coming to terms with the fact that we are of our own niche and nobody else can show me the way. I wonder, if in each our own ways, we all must find our unique way of sharing ourselves with the world.

    • Not only do we get hyped up on their success, we get down on ourselves when their success tactics don’t work for us. That’s the worst in my opinion.

  • I’ve been walking the same lines lately in discovering that one size definitely doesn’t fit all.

    I’ve heard about getting up early for so long and I’ve struggled to do it since I can remember. Believing it was a trademark of the most successful only made me feel like more of a failure.

    Michael Hyatt said in a podcast about developing a routine that we cannot compare what others do with ourselves because everyone is in a different stage of life. For example, I have 3 kids under age 5, so I don’t have a lot of time right after work to pursue things that would be personal beneficial to my development.

    Thank you for this great insight and reminder!

    • My pleasure Kenny. I’m glad to have given you a bit more confirmation that it’s not one size fits all as we pursue success.

  • I’ve found that switching my routine up (every ~6 months) works really well for me. That’s about the amount of time it takes for me to get used to something and get into a rhythm without getting bored or losing the impact. Whether that’s a writing schedule, exercise, or any other changes I’m trying to make in my life.
    That’s one of the reasons I love reading what others are doing, they give me ideas, but I pick and choose.

    • Interesting Ryan! Do you ever find that by switching up your routine you break a flow that you have and it’s harder to get back into a groove?

      • I definitely do see a break in the flow, but really by that point, there isn’t much flow left. After doing that a few times, I started getting better at adapting quickly. Plus, changing things up keeps me from being bored and gets the creative juices flowing.

  • Thanks Joseph! It’s a reminder for me that principles are more important than methods. If I understand the principle, like exercising or reading is beneficial, than I can apply that to my particular context and find a method or process that works for me.

    • Exactly Shawn. You fit those principles into your life where they fit, not where others are telling you they belong.

  • I have been contacting a lot of clubs and associations looking for speaking engagements and I have had a lot of success. I hope to break through in 2015 and get things moving on that front.

    • That’s awesome Tom! If you keep that up, you’re definitely going to see success!