If success is a process and not an event, then what is the process and what events need to occur in order to make it through the process in the best possible way?

Apparently, 85% of any outcome is determined by the first 15% of the effort and interaction.

So, how do we become successful? How do we measure success?

In order to be successful, we must first determine the whys, the whats and whens, the hows, and then take action.  The whys are determining what is important in our lives.  What stirs us, gets us out of bed in the morning, makes us sing or jump for joy (our values), and what we believe makes us feel happy and successful.

When we extrapolate the whys, then we are able to set our whats. These are our long-range goals that come out of these values and beliefs.   People who are most successful, not only set goals but also set deadlines.  For example:  “I want to lose 25 pounds and be 2 sizes smaller by January 1, 2012”, is an acceptable and realistic goal.

Once we have set our long range goals, the next step is to determine the steps and tasks that have to be accomplished in order to reach the long term goals.  So, one might decide to join a gym, get a personal trainer and set nutrition guidelines as necessary steps to reach the above goal.

Then, one must set a path to commit to the daily and weekly tasks of watching the diet, going to the gym and exercising.

In this way, we can see the process of success. There are many factors that go into how successful we are at attaining success, but these are the first necessary steps to getting where you want to go!