What does it take to be successful?
Ask all the self-help Gurus, Life Relationship Career Coaches, and anyone who promotes personal growth and self-development, and you will most definitely get different answers as to their formula for success.
The truth is success does leave clues. You can achieve the success you desire by observing some basic principles, paying attention to them and putting them into practice.One of my favourite quotes about success is from Collin Powell. Here is what he has to say about success:
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.”
These principles are actually quite simple; in fact they are considered to be common sense, but most people do not take the time to follow them.
Let’s take a look in more detail at what Powell is actually saying.
Do you know where you are going, what you are doing and why you are doing it?
People who are prepared do.
Preparation means having a vision, a destination, a purpose, a goal and putting a clear action plan in place to move you in the right direction.
You don’t have to be rigid about your action plan; some flexibility is often required. Regardless, however, to achieve the success you desire, you must focus and put positive energy into what you want to achieve and then, through your action steps, work towards preparing for the moment when the opportunity knocks on your door.
You don’t have to wait for everything to be perfect. But you do have to move and take that first action step and then just keep going.
“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”
Famous words from Benjamin Franklin.
· Reading, attending workshops webinars conferences, acquiring new knowledge and skill
· Connecting to a mentor or coach to improve accountability, learn new skills
· Joining a Master Mind Group to integrate learning and to gain ongoing support.
You can prepare for success or you can prepare for failure, but those most likely to succeed are the ones who invest their time and energy in doing what it takes to succeed – and this includes preparation.
2. Hard Work
Success needs hard work. Hard work means taking bold actions, working smarter and going the extra mile. It is about working on the right things and doing them in the right order. Another Collin Powell quote:
“A dream does not become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”
In the final instance, nothing worth having comes easy; if it does, you will not value it as you will not see it as being important.
Having a powerful vision is crucial to focus your energies and inspire and motivate you; however, it is “hard work,” a willingness to learn and go the extra mile, and a dedication and commitment to working on yourself and your goals that will lead to successful achievement, as well as building your character.
3. Learning from Failure
Successful people do not shy away from failure, they do not see it as such. Failure to them is just information – important information on what is not working.
Thomas Edison found 10,000 different ways of how a light bulb doesn’t work before he successfully found the right way. Had he not continued on with his experiments the world might still be in darkness.
Failure provides us with lessons, it gives us insight into what we need to do differently. The failure comes from when we do not heed the lessons; this is when we fail to learn, fail to change and fail to grow. Failure is thus success, if we take the time to learn from it.
By adopting this mindset, by turning each failure into a learning lesson or opportunity, we will always succeed.
There is no failure unless we actually give up.
“Your dream does not have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again.”
Preparation, hard work and learning from failure are the fundamentals to building a successful, bright future. Armed with these three powerful principles identified by Collin Powell, you now have a potent formula for success. Use it and you will be well on your way to achieving the success you desire.
The Law of Attraction says to live in the knowledge that you are getting what you want. It may seem like a feel-good philosophy and nothing more. You might think it is worth considering, but not something that exists in nature. However, the Law of Attraction is based upon the science of physics.
The Law of Attraction and quantum physics shows us that all in the universe is made of energy. This includes both what we call “solid” objects and something as ethereal as thoughts. The truth is that even so-called solid objects have a high percentage of empty space in them. They are made up of energy. The Law of Attraction takes this fact into account.
The Law of Attraction is based upon the fact that the energy in our bodies and minds are always vibrating. This makes wavelengths of different frequencies. We send these frequencies out from ourselves into the larger world.
The world itself-in fact, the whole universe-is all made of energy as well. The whole thing is constantly vibrating. It is always full of possibilities. Our individual frequencies go into this vast ocean of movement. The Law of Attraction can affect this.
Once our frequencies are emitted, they attract frequencies that are like them. So, you are constantly using the Law of Attraction to bring things to you. If you are sending out negative vibrations, you will not like what returns to you. This is because, by the Law of Attraction, those negative frequencies are clumping together with others of their kind.
You can deliberately use the Law of Attraction to focus your thoughts and your being on a positive outcome. The frequencies you emit will stick with other good ones and return to you as a joyful result. This is not simply a matter of wishful thinking.
It involves living in the state you choose for yourself. You don’t need to start out with millions of dollars in the bank to feel wealthy. You can think, speak, and act like a millionaire. You just need to believe that’s what you are deep inside. The Law of Attraction will do the rest.
You need to feel excited by your choices for the Law of Attraction to work well. That is because the level of excitement determines the level of vibration you are sending out. If you choose something in a half-hearted way, it will return to you in the same way.
However, if you are excited by your choice, you will increase the power of your vibrational frequency. The results will come rolling in. You must do what you can to maintain your excitement. This will bring your dreams into reality by the Law of Attraction.
On the other hand, if you complain about something, or fight against something, that is the thing you will bring to yourself. The Law of Attraction works this way because the universe only has a way of grouping like with like. Your negativity about a subject will return to you as more negative results for that subject.
Several people with doctorates in physics have studied the power of the Law of Attraction. Many of them believe that the mind controls the universe. They believe that this is done through the Law of Attraction.