Unlocking Success: The Five Keys
03 Apr 2015
On any day that passes it is fairly common to come across someone who peddles some success secret, some get rich quick opportunity, some click here and make millions ad. I have tried a few of them and have been disappointed. In many instances you actually end up losing money and asking yourself “What was I thinking……” I now believe that there’s no such fast track to success in this life. Success will simply come about as a result of building the right blocks, doing the right things and being committed to that which you believe you can achieve, even if it doesn’t come quickly. I would like to share five ideas that I believe can help someone out there who is searching for success.
- Success Environment
An environment which encourages rather than discourage your quest for success is critical. Often we struggle in our quest for success because in our environment being successful is not exactly accepted or received well. If you hang around a network of people who believe that a certain lifestyle is not attainable. People that criticise rather than encourage. People who believe that pursuit of success in life is unholy. Or maybe dressing in an expensive suit is too extravagant and when you are dressed up nicely they don’t compliment your attire but criticise you instead calling you a show-off etc, you will find yourself becoming more and more like them or even becoming fearful of success. It is important to surround yourself with positive, supportive and success minded people. Les Brown calls this a mind virus. Environment is considered to be more powerful than willpower therefore a change of environment can bring with it motivation and inspiration. Choose who you spend your time with and choose who to count out.
- The Power of Purpose:
One of the most fundamental things I have come to understand is that it is important to identify your purpose in life. According to William Barclay there are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why. Your purpose, the reason why you exist in this world is strong enough to lead to outstanding achievements. Your strong purpose will make you succeed against the odds. It will make you unstoppable. One way of thinking about your purpose is to consider for a minute the day of your funeral. What do you want your eulogy to consist of? What would your lifetime achievements be? What would matter the most at the end of your life? Is it what you are doing right NOW? Ponder over these questions and let your heart give you answers not your head. Intimately get to know who you are and what you represent. Draw from within and write down those things that make your heart skip a bit. Do not be afraid if what your heart tells you challenges what you are doing right now. That realisation is a breakthrough moment. Embrace it. Afterwards go on and do the things that really matter.
- Dare to be different:
Very little significant achievement has come about as a result of normal actions by normal people. Successful achievers always believe there is another way. They act and think differently. Progress is the brainchild of the abnormal. The worst thing that could happen to a person is for them to go through life trying to conform to their environment, society, friendships and neglecting that which makes them unique. Many people spend their time shrinking in order to avoid offending the person next to them. The real truth is that, as a person, you have a unique perspective to offer that no one else has. Accept that and be who you are, I mean who you truly are, not a copycat of someone important, or a modern day stereotype. It is ok to be the square peg in a round hole. You are unique, celebrate it and share it with the world.
If you have disempowering beliefs, then you are beaten before you even entered the ring. Choose your beliefs carefully and nurture them and reinforce them. Successful people have very strong empowering beliefs. A writer known as James Clear once wrote that the beliefs you have about yourself can drive your long term behavior. This is absolutely true and it has taken me many years of struggling to get to a place where I am beginning to embrace the belief that whatever I want to do I can do. That it is possible. Your beliefs do matter and it is important that your develop empowering beliefs. The truth is that our beliefs control how we live our lives. I like the way Tony Robbins puts it when he says “Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives”
I choose to embrace empowering beliefs in my life. You should too.
Napoleon Hill’s words “Whatever the mind of men can conceive and believe it can achieve” provide enough substance to justify the need for a person to have a vision. You can create something new by first seeing it in the workshop of your imagination. Imagination is stronger than willpower. One thing that I have found to be really useful is to find time, once a day, everyday to just let your imagination go wild. Picture in your mind’s eye the goals that you want to achieve. See yourself having achieved these goals. Feel the emotions associated with the achievement. Dream in colour. Pay close attention to the detail. Involve all your senses-add music, voices, odours-you name it. Then get up and produce some massive action. It is very unproductive to go on and take actions without being clear about the vision that you are working towards. What is the end game, what is all this action leading to? What is your Vision for your life, for your business, for your family, for your career? Whatever it is that you are working on make sure you have a great vision for it. Remember not to limit your vision; it doesn’t need to look possible, just delicious.
Here’s to your Success Everyone…..!!!!!!