Ever wonder how some manage to stay healthy, run a successful business, and still make it to their daughter’s recital looking as though there is nowhere in the world they would rather be than at that recital?
Michael Eckerman says that most of us narrowly view success in monetary terms, especially when we compare other people’s success to our own.
But according to Michael Eckerman, it’s really a combination of all the moving parts that make the financial success, possible. It isn’t just about driving a successful company and making millions while doing it. None of that would even be possible without
But according to Michael Eckerman, it’s really a combination of all the moving parts that make the financial success, possible. It isn’t just about driving a successful company and making millions while doing it. None of that would even be possible without harmonious inclusion of the other pieces like family, and health. Michael Eckerman says that at times it is a juggling act but you start to get better and better at it. Michael further states that although perfection is not realistic, fine tuning is!
We asked him for 3 pieces of advice for managing all the moving parts of success and here is what he said.
Many people skip the first step and undoubtedly the most important one in achieving success. The first step is to define it. Success is a relative term and is different for everyone. Be sure that your answer is not driven by what you think success should be, versus what you truly want out of your life. Don’t take this lightly or only spend 5 minutes on it. This is an ongoing work of art, that you will refine and revise many times throughout the journey and actually throughout your life. What is important to you at this moment won’t be in 10 years or 20 years. I strongly recommend writing it down, and saving each revision. This will become a great story to piece together and will really help define you both spiritually and professionally, shares Michael Eckerman.
It’s also great inspiration to others. There is a lot that should go into this that I will touch on in more detail later on. But the important points are, to be honest with yourself about what you want out of your life. This isn’t about how you want others to view you. This is only about what you want. Sometimes these two things can be vastly different. You can write bullet points, that define the things you want to achieve or you can describe how you want your life to be in x amount of months, years or decades.
- Be Flexible in everything you do. Rigidity and intolerance just don’t fit anywhere in a successful and harmonious life though many may think it is the driving force. It’s important not to confuse rigidity with discipline. Things are not going fall in to place exactly the way you’d like them to and the key is being able to bend and move alongside the mishaps and disappointments. Without flexibility you will drive yourself mad with negativity and eventually anger. Roll with the punches, accept imperfection and strive for better on the second or even third time around. Even if you are perfect in everything you do (which is not possible anyway) others imperfections have a part in your daily process that you simply cannot avoid. Learn how to steer thru them and keep your sanity at the same time, advises Michael Eckerman.
- Read and Listen. It can be hard to carve out time in your busy schedule to read but if you don’t I can assure you that your knowledge will become stagnant fast. It’s the only time in our lives that we are actively listening instead of talking and therefore learning as opposed to projecting what we already know. There are so many brilliant ideas and people in the world who have brilliant things to say. People who are well read are truly the smartest people roaming the planet. Why? Because they have bits and pieces of everyone’s input and are undoubtedly the most knowledgeable people you will meet knowing vastly different things on a wide variety of topics. We’ve all met these types before. Have you ever wondered how they came to know all this information? They read, that’s how! Knowledge is power. Michael Eckerman says that people who read are also more objective and able to see both sides of an issue. They are able to see beyond the obvious and dig down into the real guts of an issue.
- Being a good listener is also a skill a surprising amount of people have never learned. Just like reading if you are not listening you are not taking in anything new and your mind and information will become stale and stagnant very fast. Reload your mind with fresh ideas and information as often as possible. This single activity alone can propel you to the highest achievements possible. Lastly, it should be mMichael Eckermanentioned that choosing credible sources of information to read is extremely important for obvious reasons. But that is the beauty of reading ..you get to choose what you fill your mind up with. Make sure it worthy of taking up space in your mind advises Michael Eckerman.