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The Top 25 Principles of Success
Success. It’s the scene in the back of your mind when you think about the ‘perfect’ life. It’s the reason you get up every day and go out into the world, ready to face whatever life has to throw at you.
Many people feel that there’s a secret to success. Like you can only attain it if somebody whispers in your ear what you need to do.
However, there is nothing magical or mysterious about reaching success. Anyone who has ever achieved it will tell you that. There are certain well-known principles that, if you live by them, will take you exactly where you want to be.
Here are the top twenty-five:
Know what success means to you. In order to achieve a goal, you have to know clearly what it is. What is it you want most out of life? What would fulfill you? Not sure? Try meditation. Just sit quietly and focus on your breathing and let the answers come to you.
Work hard. Success isn’t a package that is left on your door step. It’s something you get after putting in a lot of time and effort. You have to be willing to do what it takes to achieve success, which is usually quite a bit more than most people will do.
Stay focused. Don’t lose sight of what your end goal is. Distraction can rob you of reaching your dream, so make sure you keep your head in the game.
Live “as if”. One of the easiest ways to achieve a goal is to live as if you already have. When you do this, you are programming your mind to behave in ways consistent with what it takes to actually achieve your dream.
When in doubt, choose the path of least regret. If you’re at a decision making point and are unsure what to do, always choose whichever path you’ll regret the least.
Never push anyone down to lift yourself up. You can get where you need to go without stepping on other people. To take this one step further, try to take others up with you. It makes the process a lot more enjoyable.
A bad decision is better than no decision. Don’t let fear of making the wrong decision leave you paralyzed when trying to figure out what to do. It’s better to take some action, even if it wasn’t the best, than to take no action at all.
Keep faith. The road to success is long and winding and requires a whole lot of faith. Always remember that, for whatever reason, you are exactly where you are meant to be at this moment in time.
Do something to move forward every day. Keep advancing toward your goal daily. Even if the step you take is small, you’re still closer than you were yesterday.
Continue to learn. The more knowledge you have, the bigger your mental toolbox to help you navigate around all the hurdles that stand between you and your goal. Strive to keep educating yourself.
Never think you know it all. No one knows absolutely everything about everything. Yes, you may have a very high knowledge base, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn something new.
Be gracious. When you go after success, essentially you are striving to get something you feel you lack. However, don’t let that sideline you from all the blessings that are in your life. It’s okay to want more in the future, but make sure you’re thankful for all that you have right now.
Give more than you take. If you make it a point to give to others without any expectations, you will receive more peace and contentment in your heart and soul than you could ever receive financially or materially.
Truly listen. When other people speak to you, really listen to what they have to say. You may learn something that helps you in your journey.
Use fear to your advantage. When you feel afraid, don’t back down. Embrace it and use that energy to keep you moving forward. Fear is healthy. It adds some excitement to your world and makes success that much sweeter if you had to conquer fear to get there.
Keep promises. If you tell someone that you’re going to do something, do it. Never compromise your character or integrity.
There are no failures, just learning experiences. If something doesn’t work as you had intended, it’s not a failure. You just found something that didn’t work. Learn from it, readjust however you need to and move on.
Stay positive. The more you say “I can’t”, the more likely that you will never achieve what you want. Make “I can” two words you say often.
Don’t try to be better than everyone else, just be better than yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others and try to beat them. Just focus on improving yourself and being the best you can be.
Establish your priorities. If something doesn’t matter, don’t waste a lot of time on it. On the other hand, if something is important to you, show it the amount of time it deserves.
Never let anyone take more than you’re willing to give. Establish clear boundaries. If you spend all of your time trying to make other people happy, no one wins. Don’t give up more than you’re willing to lose or you’ll resent them and yourself.
Embrace your individuality. It’s okay to follow in other people’s footsteps and learn from them, but don’t try to be them entirely. Make sure you keep your own style and add your own flair.
Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, listen to yourself. Your mind can pick up on cues so minute that you have a hard time registering what you’re actually seeing and feeling. Follow your gut.
Have a good support system. Some people try to reach success entirely on their own just to prove they can. And, while it’s certainly possible, it’s much more pleasurable when you have those that you love and trust to help you along the way.
Keep your sense of humor. Above all, don’t forget to laugh and enjoy life. So what if you reach your goal if you spend the whole time getting there a miserable, unhappy person? Live life to the fullest by keeping your humor along the way.
Now that you know the ‘secrets’ of success, go out there and get it. It’s waiting for you.