3 Steps To Your Success

by  Gleb Tsipursky  |  Self Leadership
3 Steps to Your Success

Are you getting all you want? Are you achieving all of your goals and succeeding in life? Are you living a fully intentional life?

If you are, I salute you. I can’t make the same claim. I do aspire to live more intentionally, though I am an aspiring intentionalist.

To live a more intentional life, I constantly strive to gain greater agency, the quality of living intentionally.

In doing that, it helps to take the following three steps: Evaluate reality clearly, make effective decisions, and achieve your goals.

Evaluate Reality Clearly

What does it mean to evaluate your reality clearly? That means gaining a deep understanding of your external environment – your immediate surroundings, your social circle, your career, and anything else of relevance. That also means your own internal environment – your patterns of feeling, thinking, and behaving.

Four factors obstruct our ability to evaluate reality clearly:

Learning about and watching out for these challenges in a systematic manner improves our decision-making.

Make Effective Decisions

Next, you want to make effective decisions about how to reach your goals. Consider your options, based on your knowledge of your outer and inner environment. Be aware that you can change both your external surroundings, and your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, to help you to get what you want in life.

Evaluate the various paths available to you, assess the probability that each path will get you to your goals. Then make a plan for how to proceed, and take the path that seems best suited to go where you want.

Achieve Your Goals

Finally, implement the decisions you made and travel along the path. Remember, you will usually encounter some unknown obstacles on your road to what you want. Be excited about getting feedback from your environment and learning about better paths forward.

Take the opportunity to change your path if a new one opens up that seems better suited to help you meet your goals. Be open to changing your very goals themselves based on what you learn.

As you can imagine, these things are easy to say, but hard to do. It’s very helpful to get support along the way, through learning about strategies oriented toward this purpose, such as those on Lead Change Group. However, above all, it takes your own commitment to the goal of gaining greater agency over your life and living intentionally to succeed in life.

Here are some final thoughts to consider:

  • What personal experiences did you have that illustrate the benefits of gaining agency and living intentionally?
  • What have you gained from reading this article?
  • What specific steps can you take to implement the strategies described here into your life?
What was the post helpful point in the article? What can you use for yourself?
Photo Credit: Intentional Insights

About The Author

Articles By gleb-tsipursky
Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is a social entrepreneur, writer, science popularizer, and scholar. He leads Intentional Insights, authored Find Your Purpose Using Science, and is a tenure-track professor at Ohio State. Get in touch with him at

What People Are Saying

John Smith  |  12 Nov 2015  |  Reply

Hi, Gleb – excellent post.

I have often used the term “intentional” as an essential element of clear thinking and action, but I have never analyzed what that term means to the granular level. Your post was both enjoyable to read and thought-provoking.

It seems to me that one of the messages here has to to do with being more mindful of yourself and what you are aspiring to do and be. I think that being intentional means being mindful, and your approach is a very specific and reality-based way to do that.

Sorry it has taken me this long to read this post, but awfully glad I made the time.


Gleb Tsipursky  |  19 Nov 2015  |  Reply

John, thank you for reading and responding! Really glad that the post was helpful for you. I hope it helps you be more mindful and strategic in your use of the term and concept of “intentional.”

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