What Does It Take To Be Successful? (Part 2)

Now that you’ve watched the video included in the first part of this topic, in the second one will discuss the 3 essential steps to success:

  1. Strong desire or passion
  2. A set of goals (clear mental picture of what you really want)
  3. Action (according to a definite plan)

1. Everyone who is determined to accomplish their goals has to have a strong desire or passion that transcends everything else. This is not a simple wish or a mere hope, but more likely an ‘obsession’ to see your dreams become a reality. This desire has to be based on what you’re really passionate about; if you don’t love what you do it’s less likely that you’ll ever become great at it.

Recently I’ve been asked the question: Where can I find the motivation to start doing what I want? Well, the simplest answer is: within yourself. No one can give you motivation, that’s for certain; all you can get from the outside world is inspiration. Motivation is something that comes from within, only you can motivate yourself based on the thoughts that you’re thinking. Negative thinking will always diminish your drive to the point of eliminating it completely. Positive thinking will put you in the right frame of mind – however, it’ll not last indefinitely unless it’s deeply rooted in your subconscious mind, as presented in the short video below.

In one of my previous posts I’ve explained the difference between the conscious and the subconscious mind, and how the latter is about 1 million times stronger than the former. The subconscious mind is responsible for about 90-99% of our daily actions and it’s always active, even when we sleep. Therefore, any decision that you make consciously based on will power has to be impressed upon your subconscious mind who will accept everything, as it has no ability to reject anything. This can be done through autosuggestion, which is nothing but constant repetition of information. Any desire can start as a timid wish in the beginning – but if you feed it constantly with your thoughts, it will evolve into a strong desire that is the starting point on the path to success.

Where attention goes energy flows; where intention goes energy flows! ~ James Redfield

Goals2. Having a clear set of goals is extremely important, as you need to know exactly what you want and where you’re going in order to reach your destination. As a comparison, imagine what would happen to a ship that is set to navigate the oceans without a GPS or a captain and crew to control it. Even if it manages to get out of the harbor, it’ll most likely sink or wind up somewhere on a deserted beach, because it doesn’t have a destination or direction. It’s exactly the same with human beings.

So where do you start when writing out your goals? Right where you are now, with what you currently have. You can find an insight on the goal setting process, as well as the recommended type of goals to aim for in my previous article ‘How to set goals effectively” that you can read here.

I’d also like to invite you to listen to Earl Nightingale’s audio recording, The Strangest Secret, which sold over a million copies, making it the first spoken-word recording to achieve Gold Record status. It’ll offer you a deeper understanding on the importance of goal setting and a clear explanation to why some people succeed in life and others don’t.

3. Taking action is the key ingredient to success. You can read as many books as you want, watch countless inspirational videos, or listen to thousands of audio recordings and agree with everything they say. However, if you don’t start applying this newly gained knowledge you’ll end up being stuck in the same place – it would be the same as if you haven’t studied it at all. A common belief states that ‘those who have the information have the power’. I’d say that this statement is incomplete and would add: Those who have the information and apply it accordingly have the power.

If you’re willing to take action but feel that something is holding you back, John Assaraf explains in the video below the mechanism of fear in the brain and how to overcome it.

You may be afraid of failure – but failure is nothing else but feedback. We don’t learn from our successes, but from our failures. If something that you’ve done didn’t return the desired results, don’t give up on your goals thinking that it doesn’t work. How did it work for others? Try to see it from a different perspective, instead: it’s not that it doesn’t work, it’s something in your own approach that didn’t work. Change something, don’t do the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Build meaningful relationships with those that you admire and who already have what you want – and learn from them.

The bottom line is that there’s no need to reinvent the wheel here – these steps were already followed by millions of successful people – either consciously or unconsciously. In fact, Napoleon Hill has studied 504 of the richest people in the world over a span of 20 years and boiled down their success into 13 principles, in one of the best business books ever written – Think and Grow Rich.

Hope that you found the information useful and that you’ll make the decision to change your life for the better. Feel free to leave your questions or comments below. Would be happy to hear from you!

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. ~ Jim Rohn

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