9. Set rewarding excellence goals and become the best in your business
It seems that there have been many steps until here, but all your efforts will be completely rewarded. Definitely, you can only become the best in your job, organization, niche, or business if you have managed to confront the typical problems swifter and more effectively if you have delivered on the goals you have trained with until now and have acquired top skills that put you in front of the game of others.
I’m referring to vision and strategy: working smart for the right reasons can help you identify the 20% that brings the 80%. Now, your goals have to be daring, bold to make you control the autonomy and true independence that will make a dent and leave your name in history. Only after you have tested and followed the whole system inside out, you can replicate it for profit at a higher scale. Take into account all the lessons, all the motivations, take a calculated risk, and “shoot for the moon”! Do it again and again, be the best, and work smart to stay there! You truly deserve to celebrate especially when you bring this achievement to reality after pragmatically testing options for success. Failing to do this earlier might sidetrack your efforts, take longer or bring stepbacks you can’t face on your own. Coaching is a must at this level. Modeling and mentoring also definitely works. Also, niche-specific training and skills-related training can benefit you for what you need/want here.
At this level of excellence, you also have to improve the skill of seeking, connecting, and networking within groups of professionals sharing similar preoccupations, abilities, and personality preferences, to continue to grow, learn and excel through the power of communities (see more further).
10. Find people who share your vision and values
Very likely, until this point of excellence, you’ve worked within teams, or in proximity, or in collaboration with other people in your life experience. At a certain point, you decide to let go of unfulfilled expectations, go with the flow and get social, not only for business networking but as well for deeper human connection.
Of course, it’s not about connecting with people who have been put there by someone else or by random design (like in school or in a company where you were hired). It’s about connecting with people you can actually test and recognize as having approximately similar values, visions, and experiences.
After each of you has had your successful experiences, you can get together to share your wisdom, learn one from the other and create a win-win-win community. Trying to do so earlier implies the risks of having your good intentions work for somebody else’s individual limited benefit, or mistaking your illusions/expectations for reality, or mistaking a functioning system for a community.
You can prepare for this step by joining and working with/for people who have a track record of creating both individual successes based on strategy and team success based on collaboration. Volunteering for a cause you cherish can also help open up new horizons of harmony in the human experience. Just find some people who are already doing or thinking about what you like and give them a hand! Other ideas: personal development thematic groups, periodical skills-based training within a community.
To fully enjoy this level of development, it is necessary to develop close personal and professional relationships with others. In these instances, it must be OK to share warmth, caring, attention, empathy, protection (strength, guidance, direction), disclosure, and listening. Why? To create a harmonic team that works for everyone, which can bring consensual guiding for each interested, for the long-term. This is what deep social interaction can mean when people live and act for the causes they share.
11. Learn more outside your area of expertise
Hopefully, there come a time when, after years and years, you can not only be the best in your niche, but you can do it quite effortlessly, even in your sleep. This is the moment to continue developing your other talents. Learn something new. Get a deeper knowledge of your field. Get a new hobby. Enjoy a healthy life. If you feel bored or that it’s time for a big change, consider developing skills for a different field you might be talented in.
This time, integrate all the resources (time, money, people you know, all that you studied) to make the most out of the new learning. In the beginning, it may be a little hard to get used to making more effort to succeed at something (because everything is so easy when you’re an expert), but the more you learned, the easiest it is to learn more, because of the many synapses that are already there and in function.
This step should allow you to find more peace within yourself, without control in the group or of the resources. You may reinvent yourself and succeed in ways you wouldn’t have dreamed of being possible. This can be a great period if associated with having children and becoming a parent, or a grandparent. You can only truly live at this level if you have made a profit out of your strategy, you have developed functioning networks of authentic communication with peers, and can see the bigger picture.
The few experts who can work at this level have the ability to work intuitively with large chunks of information to find patterns, may they be in vocational, professional, personal, or recreational areas.
If you decide to succeed in a second or third field later in life, after having success in just one or two professional fields, it will be faster for you. The learning must be tailored to your needs. Please feel free to use consulting, coaching, mentoring, modeling, and especially training. If you have truly reached this level, you already know how important that is and how to use such services.
12. Redefine the purpose of your life as having a higher meaning
At some moment, each of us searches and sometimes finds the meaning of life. There are plenty of answers, but usually, people find a religious meaning, which is connected with having an impact beyond the material world.
Of course, at several points in your existence, the meaning of life can be defined as chasing or living your dreams, seeking happiness, discovering and better oneself, becoming the best achievable self. Seeking wisdom, you will probably redefine the levels at which you can make a contribution, both personally and professionally. But, at a very special moment, preferably before you die, you may allow yourself to truly let go of roles, duties, and social expectations.
This is how you can tend to touch perfection through living, only to become aware of how little you know. That’s why your contribution has to stay with the others after you die. A life worth living is a life that you would find hard to leave or give up. The true inner benefit of others, making the difference through what you do, say, and inspire, is what starts guiding your intentions.
You know you can do better and you are grateful for the chance to act justly and wise, love and give unconditionally. Reaching this, you have found the beauty and the sorrow in your life: you have now started to get the hugeness of the human spirit, the bearing on your deeds, and the shortness of life. It’s worth talking about this with a priest. I have personally found the meaning of life in Orthodox Christianity. I have the rest of my life to live it by rediscovering it in my existence, though applying what I have found.
Some final thoughts
I haven’t done all of these steps in this order, but at least now I found the tools that can connect them logically, structurally, and scientifically. There is a moment in some lives when everything comes to a circle. You get the final piece of the puzzle, although I’m afraid most people don’t really live this sensation.
Now I am ready for rebooting my journey, faster and together with those who want to experience what I’ve written about here. Oftentimes, when we are confronted with a problem, we don’t quite know what’s the map of that problem, what are its roots, and especially, what might be the solutions. Although I don’t have solutions in consulting, theories in learning, and questions in coaching for all the possible problems, I likely know where you are and how to support you to get not only where you want to go, but where you need to go. Blow away your inner obstacles and become who you were meant to be!
I am doing this because I am here to serve you, not to please you. Now you know the truth. Act on it! Change your life now! Follow the steps I have set for you in this article and become part of my life journey! Let’s put some wind in your sails!
PS: Thanks to Corina Andreea Popa for the practical suggestions and feedback on this article before publishing.
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