Success includes good fortune. But HBR author Amy Jen Su believes long-term success goes beyond luck and includes five practical principles.
She explained her ideas in our recent interview.
Five Ps for bringing out your best self:
#1. Purpose. Success requires an inner compass.
- What is your sense of contribution?
- What inspires you?
Find purpose by exploring contribution and passion. Ask, “What are you excited to contribute to this project?”
- Feel your enthusiasms.
- Practice physical awareness. Is this energy-giving or energy-draining?
- Notice what’s happening when you’re at your best.
#2. Process. Success requires rituals.
Long-term success requires self-care.
Understanding your relationship to process. Don’t let process be a cage. What works for you? Try morning rituals.
- Read something.
- Think about who you want to be.
- Centering self.
- Practice self-observation by journaling. Don’t judge yourself when you journal, simply observe yourself.
#3. People. Success requires people.
“We raise our own game by raising the game of others.” Sometimes we are players. Other times we coach.
- Do you have the right people?
- Do you see them as individuals?
- How do you maximize people’s strengths?
- How do you need to let go?
People make their mark around the things they are great at.
#4. Presence. Success requires awareness.
- Watch your knee jerk reactions. How do you show up to others even in discomfort?
- Monitor the impact of your presence on others.
- Choose your voice.
#5. Peace. Success requires acceptance, gratitude, and trust.
You can’t bring your best and constantly beat yourself down at the same time.
- How might you loosen your grip, taste life, and enjoy the journey?
- Soften the voice of your inner-critic.
- Practice gratitude.
Which of Amy’s suggestions are most relevant to you today?
Purchase Amy’s book: The Leader You Want to Be
Amy on the truth about authenticity – don’t just play dead. (YouTube – 1:05)
Amy on taking the next step. (YouTube – 2:23)