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Defining success is its own minefield. People who have achievable goals find themselves at a loss when they achieve it. If your aim is to own your first home or sell your business for over a million, what do you do beyond that? You find yourself at impasses.

Even if your goals are huge, life-defining things, or especially when they’re smaller changes, actually closing the book on a goal isn’t actually that positive a thing in the long-term.
Success, and the goals inherent to it, need to be ongoing, you don’t want to ever find yourself at a complete loss without any structure going forwards.

Goals like ‘express yourself honestly’, ‘continually better yourself physically’ or ‘become as successful in your field as you can be’ are vastly better ideas to build an ethos around. Sure, these goals are made up of thousands of smaller goals, but they work much better in the long-term.

Having goals that actually make sense in the long-term is one of the most important things when it comes to actually getting things done. There’s so much that goes into building any kind of productive lifestyle.

A diet that supports clear and dedicated effort, avoiding substances that affect you adversely mentally or physically (looking at you binge-drinking or excessive coffee), doing a little bit of exercise on the regular to keep your cardio where it needs to be, a little bit of mindfulness and self-awareness, and, of course, gratitude.

Achieving On-Going Gratitude

Like many valuable traits, gratitude isn’t something that you can just obtain straight away, it takes weeks, months and even years to properly set in, and even then, an adverse series of events can set you back.

It’s like when you try and get into shape, you’ll make progress for a while, and eventually you’ll get into a habit of hitting the gym, but all it can take is one period of depression or a weekend of excess and you feel like you’re back to square one. It can help hugely to have friends on the same journey to act as accountability partners, or simply other elements of your life supporting your goals.

Effectively, gratitude is an arm of mindfulness and self-awareness, albeit one of the most rewarding ones. We can all achieve a moment of real gratitude here and there, when we really focus on it, but maintaining that through life’s ups and downs can be a real challenge.

Meditation can help you bring your focus onto yourself, and achieve some level of self-awareness, but at the end of the day, there’s no real quick-fix here. What you need is on-going effort and dedication, mixed with plenty of supporting features in your life.

One such supporting feature could be the smartphone app, Analyze.Life. This app allows you to focus on major elements of your life like happiness and gratitude, and quantify how you’re doing at them. It lets you have a structured focus alongside general effort and dedication, and this can be invaluable when it comes to truly bettering your mind-set and attitude.

It’s been well-documented that exercise can help you achieve better mental states as well. On top of helping you achieve greater physical ability and speeding up your metabolism, exercise can help reduce the impact of depression or attention disorders.

In short, building the right lifestyle, with plenty of focus and self-discipline isn’t just about gratitude, or any other single thing. It’s about building a series of habits, all of which can be selected to keep you happy and on-track.

These don’t all have to be healthy, wellness-centric habits either. For many people, not going out with friends for an unhealthy meal, or a questionable number of beverages, can actually be a major part of staying happy and on track.