Seth Kahan
Author, consultant

Seth Kahan

Change expert and author who has advised executives in 50-plus organizations, including Shell, World Bank, Peace Corps and NASA. He can be reached at


Four keys

Q: How do you define success?

Success is the satisfaction that comes from a life well-lived. If your goals are high, achievement is hard work. Why would you do it? Because there's no reward equal to succeeding in your own life. Here are the four keys I have found indispensable to success:

1. Commit to your life's flourishing.
Dedicate yourself to being the best you can be. Take your life seriously: health, family, friends, business, and spirituality. Find the way forward that allows you to excel in each. We all face challenges -- so find out what needs to be done and address it. You will find the fire in your belly when you ignite the passion in your soul.

2. Make your mindset your highest priority.
When you are inspired, energized, creative, open, and clear, you are at your most powerful. Insight is turned into action and challenges are most easily overcome with a healthy, strong mindset. Take your mental well-being seriously. Associate with people who bring out the best in you and avoid toxic situations. Reward yourself often. Have fun every day. Elevate your internal state.

3. Study people who excel at what you want to do.
There is nothing that accelerates learning like following in the footsteps of a master. Find those who have demonstrated results in your area of focus and spend time with them. Access their acumen, read their books, take their seminars.

4. Master time design.
Nobody has more time than anyone else and you will never get any more than you are receiving today. Study your habits. Free yourself to do those things that are most valuable and rewarding. Find systems that work for you and master them.

These four keys work together to create a powerful synergy, increasing your capacity to excel and achieve. Put them into action and get ready to witness the results.

By Seth Kahan  |  January 4, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  | Category:  Defining success Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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