Nowadays it seems that many people associate success only with titles and wealth. While it’s great to be known and to afford everything that you want, if you’re not being happy and not contributing to others, none of that really matters. The reason is simple: success means happiness first, and happiness is what attracts all the other good things in life, not the other way around.
The reason why only about 10% of the people succeed in life is because they are determined and persistent in going after what they want – while the majority is either giving up or not even starting. And most of the times it’s not failure itself that stops them, but the fear of failure. Most successful people have failed many times, but they’ve never given up. Failure is part of the journey and instead of being afraid of it, we could very well embrace the idea, because it will happen anyway – however, what we have control over is how we react to it.
According to Brian Tracy, there’s the following 80/20 rule:
80% of the reasons that are holding you back from achieving your goal are inside yourself. They are the lack of a skill, a quality or a body of knowledge. Only 20% of the reasons you are not achieving your goal are on the outside. Always start with yourself. ~ Brian Tracy
What’s your excuse right now for not following your dreams? Do you blame others for your failures or your inability to achieve what you want? In this case you may first consider taking responsibility for your life, as most likely 80% of the reasons for your lack of success are determined by your own actions/thoughts/beliefs. Being persistent DOES NOT mean doing things exactly the same over and over again – it means trying a different approach and rethinking your strategy after each failure without compromising or reshaping your goals.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ~ Albert Einstein
It’s very important to decide exactly what you want to accomplish in all areas of your life. The most effective way is to make a plan and work on it every single day. Below are the 5 principles that most successful people follow:
1. Know what you want
Define your goals clearly and be specific. Imagine that you’d tell them to someone who doesn’t know anything about you and that person should be able to see the same picture as you do.
2. Take action
Work on your goals every single day and make sure your actions go along with your values, not against them.
3. Monitor your results
Instead of looking how far your destination is compared to where you are now, look at how much you have accomplished already. When you fall, get up and move on – there’s no such thing as failure, just feedback. Learn to see the positive side in every setback, as most likely it’s there to give you a lesson that you can learn from.
4. Be flexible
If you’re not flexible and are not willing to adapt or change, you’ll most likely break in the early stage of your journey. If you can’t change the situation, change your perspective about it and focus on the solution instead of the problem itself.
5. Strive for excellence
Don’t be afraid to aim high – if your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough. Start thinking from the end, as if your dreams have already become a reality.
Instead of focusing on how much money you can make, focus on how much value you can offer. When people see the value in your products/services not only will they buy them, but also recommend them to others. Don’t make the mistake that so many people do when they reach a certain level of wealth: they stop being humane and start focusing only on profit. Today you might be up, but tomorrow you could be down – that’s how unpredictable life can be.
When you achieve your goals and become successful, never forget where you started from; be confident but not arrogant, stay humble and never forget the people who have helped you along the way. Dare to dream big and never let anything hold you back from pursuing your dreams. You can do whatever you put your mind to. It’s never a matter of capability, it’s always a matter of willingness.
Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking: What’s in it for me? ~ Brian Tracy