There are hundreds of websites teaching hundreds of techniques to be a success, but in essence, they all come back to the same simple steps.
In order to be successful in any endeavour, first you need to SUCCEED…
S — Set goals. How will you know when you’ve succeeded, what steps will you have to complete on your way to being a success?
U — Understand that just setting goals isn’t going to get you the results you aspire to. You need to find the Passion that drives you to achieve those goals. If you can find enough ‘whys’ (ie. why you must achieve the goals), the ‘hows’ (ie exactly how they will be achieved) will take care of themselves.
C — Cast out false beliefs. As I mentioned on Monday, beliefs are only what you believe to be true, they’re probably not always true in actuality and are likely holding you back. If you question them, chances are you’ll see they’re not true, then you can set about changing them for more empowering beliefs that’ll encourage you and drive you on.
C — Count your blessings. Take time to remember your previous successes and think about all the good things you’ve achieved in your life. Being grateful is one of the greatest forces available to you, it puts your life into perspective and gives you the drive you need when things don’t appear to be going great.
E — Excuses create a feeling of failure. One of the greatest causes of failure is telling yourself stories about why you can’t do something. “I don’t have the time”, or “I’m not clever enough”, or “I’m too old/young”. For every excuse there’s usually a simple answer, everyone has the same amount of time in the day, maybe you could cut down on distractions, watch less TV, or get up a bit earlier every day. Nowadays we are inundated with information so have the facility to learn what we need to know and we only need to learn the basics of a subject to get started, remember; concentrate on the ‘whys’ of a subject and the ‘hows’ will take care of themselves. As for being too young, or old, 15-year-old Jack Thomas Andraka has successfully developed a distinctive method of detecting pancreatic cancer which is approximately 26,000 times less expensive and 168 times quicker than all previous and current treatments and Ray Kroc was 52 years old when he started a small Hamburger chain called McDonalds and Colonel Sanders was 65 years old when he started Kentucky Fried Chicken.
E — Every result is feedback. It’s a fact that you’ll fail at something more times than you succeed. No one gets it right first time. The difference between being successful and failing, is that successful people see every ‘so-called’ failure as a learning experience, they change their approach in light of the new information and then they try again. One of my favourite quotes from Thomas Edison is “Results? Why, man, I have gotten lots of results! If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is often a step forward….”
D — Decide to be successful. Success in any subject needs to be a MUST for you. People don’t give everything to something they WANT, but they will definitely give everything to something they NEED! Again, make sure you’re clear WHY you want it.
So, to be successful, you need to S-U-C-C-E-E-D first!
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