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    Defining Success

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | April 14th, 2019

    Defining Success

    I went to a Toastmasters International District 40, Division 6 Conference held in Lexington, Kentucky this past weekend. Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. The theme for the conference was Destined for Greatness.  I had a chance to listen to several speakers. One of the breakout sessions was titled Condition Your Mind for Success and Peak Performance and the presenter was Ravi Tenneti.

    He started his lecture with a Warren Buffet quote:

    “The most important investment you can make is in yourself”

    Each one of us has an infinite potential and it is important that we tap into our potential. He went on to talk about how one becomes successful.

    1. Define what success looks like for you.
    2. Create a success system.
    3. Focus on the process, not the end result.

    As I was writing notes, I realized this can be applied to so many things. I began to think about all those who come to my office with health goal of trying to lose weight.

    Define what success looks like for you – losing about 20 pounds in 6 months.

    Create a success system – create an environment that will help in the weight loss. Avoid having processed snacks at home or at your desk.  Make sure your refrigerator is filled with fruits and vegetables. Pack you meals. Use every opportunity to move – use stairs instead of elevators, park furthest from the entrance. Get friends and family involved for encouragement.

    Focus on the process, not the end result – Do not get attached to the end results. If you get on a good exercise routine and you have changed your lifestyle to eating healthier, it does not matter if you have not the lost the weight. Think about how you are feeling.  Not gaining weight is also successful.

    For more on Toastmasters, please check out the blog post – Do You Suffer From Glossophobia?

    2 Responses to “Defining Success”

    1. Tonyemieba says:

      Interesting article. Focusing on the end result rather than the process could lead to discouragement & depression , especially when you’re doing all you know to do & it seems nothing is happening. Some results show immediately others take a while but if you focus on the process you enjoy the ride by doing the right thing for the right thing sake.
      Thanks once again for that article

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