In this day and age, we tend to want things fast. From weight loss to internet speed to a response to your latest email or text, it’s all about instant gratification. This extends to the career sphere, too, where people tend to want to make money and become successful ASAP.
So, you want to finally discover how to be successful?
First, imagine where you’ll honestly be in the next five years.
Maybe on a beach, working remote while drinking your favorite cocktail or beer. Or maybe you’ll be sitting on a couch, watching Netflix, and still dreaming.
Your success lies in your hands.
I could tell you all the things you need to do to be successful, and at first, you’ll probably do a couple of those things, but six months from now you’ll be back to your current routine. So, do you want to finally figure out how to be successful and do it? Or do you want to keep dreaming about it? If you’re serious about becoming successful, keep reading.
I think you’ll agree with me when I say:
Some people spend their entire lives wondering how to be successful in life but never figure it out.
Would you be surprised to find out that the secret really comes down to 17 Success Principles?
Well, it does.
You see, personal success is achievable for anyone who practices the 17 Success Principles.
Everyone wants personal success and to learn the keys to success. Everyone wants to have a happy, healthy
17 SUCCESS PRINCIPLES
TO QUANTUM LEAP YOUR SUCCESS
SUCCESS PRINCIPLE #1
TAKING 100% RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIFE AND CHOICES
If you want to create the life of your dreams, then you are going to have to take 100% responsibility for your life as well. That means giving up all your excuses, all your victim stories, all the reason why you cannot and why you have not up until now, and all your blaming outside circumstances. You have to give them all up forever.
You have to take the position that you have always had the power to make it different, to get it right, to produce the desired result. For whatever reason—ignorance, lack of awareness, fear, needing to be right, the need to feel safe—you chose not to exercise that power. Who knows why? It does not matter.
The past is the past. All that matters now is that from this point forward you choose—that’s right, it’s a choice—you choose to act as if (that’s all that’s required—to act as if) you are 100% responsible for everything that does or doesn’t happen to you.
SUCCESS PRINCIPLE #2
If you want to become more, you cannot do it without commitment. You must stay committed to the work, relationships, challenges, and the overall big picture. In order to make a significant difference in your life and the world around you, be committed. Stay focused on what you are striving for, keep working on your personal development, and get a coach.
Why do some people fear commitment? Because they misunderstand what commitment is. Commitment is NOT an obligation—something we do because we “should” or “have to”.
Commitment is a choice, dedication, investment—something we are determined to do because we are motivated by genuine desire.
SUCCESS PRINCIPLE #3
One of the biggest challenges that people find when working towards a goal is following through.
Accountability is a tool to help you keep commitments. It is about having a reason to push yourself to continuously be motivated so that you can meet your goals. You can find ways to hold yourself accountable by setting deadlines and having an accountability partner. However, going at it alone can prove to be challenging. Having others to be accountable to, keeps you on track and helps you create the success you want.
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream, a dream you dream together is reality!”
This does not mean that you must go into business with someone to be successful. It does mean that you may need a network or a couple of individuals, that can share your journey. It is helpful to have an outside perspective from time to time, and it’s helpful to have someone who knows what you’ve decided to do and is there to follow-up with you to see how you’re doing
SUCCESS PRINCIPLE #4
REFRAMING YOUR THOUGHTS
Reframing is a way of changing the way you look at something and, thus, changing your experience of it. It can turn a stressful event into either highly traumatic or a challenge to be bravely overcome. Or it can depict a really bad day as a mildly low point in overall wonderful life. Or it can see a negative event as a learning experience.
Reframing is a way that we can alter our perceptions of stressors and, thus, relieve significant amounts of stress and create a more positive life before actually making any changes in our circumstances.
SUCCESS PRINCIPLE #5
Do you ever feel like you are sleepwalking through life with no real idea of what you want? Perhaps you know exactly what you want to achieve but have no idea how to get there.
That is where goal setting comes in. Goals are the first step towards planning for the future and play a fundamental role in the development of skills in various facets of life, from work to relationships and everything in between. They are the target at which we aim our proverbial arrow.
Understanding the importance of goals and the techniques involved in setting achievable goals paves the way for success.
When done correctly, goal setting is effective and often critical to success. Goals give us direction by focusing attention on goal-relevant behavior and away from irrelevant tasks.
SUCCESS PRINCIPLE #6
Limiting beliefs are those which constrain us in some way.
Just by believing them, we do not think, do, or say the things that they inhibit, and in doing so we impoverish our lives.
We may have beliefs about rights, duties, abilities, permissions, and so on.
Limiting beliefs are often about ourselves and our self-identity.
The beliefs may also be about other people and the world in general. In any case, they sadly limit us.
I do or do not
We may define ourselves by what we do or do not do. I may say ‘I am an accountant’, which means I do not do marketing and should not even think about it, and consequently fail to sell my services well.
Another common limiting belief is around how we judge ourselves.
We think ‘I don’t deserve…’ and so do not expect or seek things.
We often have limited self-images of what we can and cannot do.
If I think ‘I cannot sing’ then I will never try or not go to singing lessons to improve my ability. This is the crutch of many ‘I can’t’ statements: we believe our abilities are fixed and that we cannot learn
I must or must not
We are bound by values, norms, laws, and other rules that constrain what we must and must not do.
However, not all of these are mandatory and some are distinctly limiting.
If I think ‘I must clean the house every day’ then this robs me of time that may be spent on something more productive.
I am or am not
The verb ‘to be’ is quite a pernicious little thing and as we think ‘I am’ we also think ‘I am not’ or ‘I cannot’.
For example, we may think ‘I am an artist’ and so conclude that we can never be any good at mathematics or must not soil our hands with manual work.
‘I am’ thinking assumes we cannot change
Whether I think ‘I am intelligent’ or ‘I am not intelligent’, either belief may stop me from seeking to learn.
‘I am’ also leads to generalization, for example, where ‘I am stupid’ means ‘all of me is all of stupid and all of stupid is all of me’.
A better framing is to connect the verb to the individual act, such as ‘That was a stupid thing to do’.
When coupled with values we get beliefs about whether a person is right or wrong, good, or bad.
Others are or will.
Just as we have limiting beliefs about ourselves, we also have beliefs about other people, which can limit us in many ways
If we think others are more capable and superior then we will not challenge them.
If we see them as selfish, we may not ask them to help us.
We often guess what others are thinking based on our ‘theory of mind’ and beliefs about them. These guesses are often wrong.
Hence, we may believe they do not like us when they have no opinion or even think we are rather nice.
From our guesses at their thoughts, we then deduce their likely actions, which can, of course, be completely wrong.
Faced with this evidence, it is surprising how many will still hold to the original beliefs.
SUCCESS PRINCIPLE #7
Visualization techniques have been used by successful people to visualize their desired outcomes for ages.
The practice has even given some high achievers what seems like super-powers, helping them create their dream lives by accomplishing one goal or task at a time with hyper focus and complete confidence.
In fact, we all have this awesome power, but most of us have never been taught to use it effectively.
Elite athletes use it. The super-rich use it. And peak performers in all fields now use it. That power is called visualization.
The daily practice of visualizing your dreams as already complete can rapidly accelerate your achievement of those dreams, goals, and ambitions.
Using visualization techniques to focus on your goals and desires yields four important benefits.
1.) It activates your creative subconscious which will start generating creative ideas to achieve your goal.
2.) It programs your brain to perceive and recognize the resources you will need to achieve your dreams more readily.
3.) It activates the law of attraction, thereby drawing into your life the people, resources, and circumstances you will need to achieve your goals.
4.) It builds your internal motivation to take the necessary actions to achieve your dreams.
Visualization is really quite simple. You sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and imagine — in as vivid detail as you can — what you would be looking at if the dream you have were already realized. Imagine being inside of yourself, looking out through your eyes at the ideal result.
Visualize with the ‘Mental Rehearsal’ Technique
For athletes, the visualization process is called “mental rehearsal,” and they have been using these exercises since the 1960s when we learned about it from the Russians.
All you have to do is set aside a few minutes a day. The best times are when you first wake up, after meditation or prayer, and right before you go to bed. These are the times you are most relaxed.
SUCCESS PRINCIPLE #8
Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. When you repeat them often and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes.
You might consider affirmations to be unrealistic “wishful thinking.” But try looking at positive affirmations this way: many of us do repetitive exercises to improve our physical health, and affirmations are like exercises for our mind and outlook. These positive mental repetitions can reprogram our thinking patterns so that, over time, we begin to think – and act – differently.
For example, evidence suggests that affirmations can help you to perform better at work. According to researchers, spending just a few minutes thinking about your best qualities before a high-pressure meeting – a performance review, for example – can calm your nerves, increase your confidence, and improve your chances of a successful outcome.
Self-affirmation may also help to mitigate the effects of stress. In one study, a short affirmation exercise boosted the problem-solving abilities of “chronically stressed” subjects to the same level as those with low stress.
What is more, affirmations have been used to successfully treat people with low self-esteem, depression, and other mental health conditions. And they have been shown to stimulate the areas in our brains that make us more likely to affect positive changes in regard to our health.
This latter study suggests that a stronger sense of self-worth makes you more likely to improve your own well-being. So, for example, if you are worried that you eat too much and do not get enough exercise, using affirmations to remind yourself of your values can spur you on to change your behavior.
SUCCESS PRINCIPLE #9
DISCOVER YOUR LIFE PURPOSE
Your life purpose consists of the central motivating aims of your life—the reasons you get up in the morning.
Purpose can guide life decisions, influence behavior, shape goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning. For some people, purpose is connected to vocation—meaningful, satisfying work. For others, their purpose lies in their responsibilities to their family or friends. Others seek meaning through spirituality or religious beliefs. Some people may find their purpose clearly expressed in all these aspects of life.
The purpose will be unique for everyone; what you identify as your path may be different from others. What is more, your purpose can actually shift and change throughout life in response to the evolving priorities and fluctuations of your own experiences.
Questions that may come up when you reflect upon your life purpose are:
Who am I?
Where do I belong?
When do I feel fulfilled?
SUCCESS PRINCIPLE #10
Self-confidence is an attitude about your skills and abilities. It means you accept and trust yourself and have a sense of control in your life. You know your strengths and weakness well and have a positive view of yourself. You set realistic expectations and goals, communicate assertively, and can handle criticism.
On the other hand, low self-confidence might make you feel full of self-doubt, be passive or submissive, or have difficulty trusting others. You may feel inferior, unloved, or be sensitive to criticism. Feeling confident in yourself might depend on the situation. For instance, you can feel confident in some areas, such as academics, but lack confidence in others, like relationships.
Having high or low self-confidence is rarely related to your actual abilities, and mostly based on your perceptions. Perceptions are the way your think about yourself and these thoughts can be flawed.
Low self-confidence might stem from different experiences, such as growing up in an unsupportive and critical environment, being separated from your friends or family for the first time, judging yourself too harshly, or being afraid of failure. People with low self-confidence often have errors in their thinking.
SUCCESS PRINCIPLE #11
Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits—whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress and achieve the success that lasts
Your life today is essentially the sum of your habits. How in shape or out of shape you are? A result of your habits. How happy or unhappy you are? A result of your habits. How successful or unsuccessful you are? A result of your habits.
SUCCESS PRINCIPLE #12
Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger that has been pivotal throughout evolution. If people did not feel fear, they would not be able to protect themselves from legitimate threats—which often had life-or-death consequences in the ancestral world.
In the modern world, the stakes are lower. Although public speaking, elevators, and spiders generally do not present immediately dire consequences, some individuals still develop extreme fight-flight-or-freeze responses to specific objects or scenarios.
Many people experience occasional bouts of fear, such as when giving a high-stakes presentation, or feelings of “nerves,” such as going on a first date. But when fear is persistent, specific to a certain threat, and impairs one’s life or growth, that person might have what is called a specific phobia.
SUCCESS PRINCIPLE #13
The one constant thing in our lives is change.
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future” – John F Kennedy
We cannot avoid it, and the more we resist change the tougher our life becomes. Change as John F Kennedy quoted is a Law of Life. We are surrounded by change and it is the one thing that has the most dramatic impact on our lives. There is no avoiding change as it will find you, challenge you and force you to reconsider how to live your life.
“Your life does not get better by chance; it gets better by change.” —Jim Rohm
Change can come into our lives as a result of a crisis, as a result of choice or just by chance. In either situation, we are all faced with having to make a choice – do we make the change or not?
I believe that it is better to be prepared for change because we have more control over how we react to the change we are having to face in our lives.
When you are unprepared and resistant to change, then you have no control or choice as to how you want to live your life. You live your life as a reactionary rather than an activator of change.
SUCCESS PRINCIPLE #14
Procrastination is a challenge we have all faced at one point or another. For as long as humans have been around, we have been struggling with delaying, avoiding, and procrastinating on issues that matter to us.
During our more productive moments, when we temporarily figure out how to stop procrastinating, we feel satisfied and accomplished. You will learn how to break down the science behind why we procrastinate, share proven frameworks you can use to beat procrastination and cover useful strategies that will make it easier to take action.
SUCCESS PRINCIPLE #15
Have you ever wondered how it is that some people seem to have enough time to do everything that they want to, whereas others are always rushing from task to task, and never seem to finish anything?
It cannot just be that some people have less to do. It is much more likely that they are using their time more effectively: in other words, showing good time management skills.
Time management is the ability to use your time productively and efficiently. You could also think of it as the art of having time to do everything that you need, without feeling stressed about it. It sounds simple, but it is much harder in practice.
Time management skills are essential because few, if any, of us ever have enough time to do everything that is asked of us, or that we want to do.
Time management is defined as using your time productively and efficiently—but what about when you are working as productively as possible, and you still cannot get everything done? It may be better to think about time management as a combination of working productively and prioritizing your time.
In other words, people who are good at time management are good at getting on and doing things. They are also, however, better at prioritizing, and working out what really needs doing—and then discarding the other things.
They can do this because they understand the difference between urgent and important.
SUCCESS PRINCIPLE #16
Today, meditation has become mainstream, and millions of people practice mindfulness to keep themselves focused on the here-and-now, manage the internal chatter that feeds their stress and anxiety, and help them maintain emotional balance in their busy, complicated lives. One of the ironies about meditation, as almost every meditator will attest, is that people have the greatest difficulty making time to meditate at precisely those times at which they need it the most. As life gets busier and people become more stressed-out, they have less time and energy to take care of themselves.
This paradox is one of the reasons that emerging adults – those between the ages of 18 and 29 – often find it difficult to establish a meditation practice. Emerging adulthood is a particularly busy and stressful period of live, filled with many new roles, life-changing decisions, and uncertainties, and often accompanied by substantial stress and anxiety. Yet, young adults often feel that they do not have the time or energy to devote to taking a mindfulness course or establishing a regular meditation practice.
SUCCESS PRINCIPLE #17
LAW OF ATTRACTION
Simply put, the Law of Attraction is the ability to attract into our lives whatever we are focusing on. It is believed that regardless of age, nationality, or religious belief, we are all susceptible to the laws which govern the Universe, including the Law of Attraction. It is the Law of Attraction that uses the power of the mind to translate whatever is in our thoughts and materialize them into reality. In basic terms, all thoughts turn into things eventually. If you focus on negative doom and gloom you will remain under that cloud. If you focus on positive thoughts and have goals that you aim to achieve you will find a way to achieve them with massive action.
The Law of Attraction is one of life’s biggest mysteries. Very few people are fully aware of how much of an impact the Law of Attraction has on their day to day life. Whether we are doing it knowingly or unknowingly, every second of our existence, we are acting as human magnets sending out our thoughts and emotions and attracting back more of what we have put out.
Unfortunately, so many of us still blind to the potential that is locked deep within us. Consequently, it is all too easy to leave your thoughts and emotions unchecked. This sends out the wrong thoughts and attracts more unwanted emotions and events into your life.
Having said this, discovering that the Law of Attraction is at work within your life should be a great cause for celebration! Once the power of attraction has been understood by you it is no longer secret. Plus, you have learned how to effectively apply these to your everyday life, your entire future is yours to create.
, do meaningful work, enjoy a career, and achieve financial independence. Everyone wants to make a difference in the world, to be significant, to have a positive impact on those around him or her. Everyone wants to do something wonderful with his or her life.
If you can follow these 17 Success Principles, you will be able to take control of your life and achieve your goals.