The Success Principles

Posted on December 5, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized |


Take 100% responsibility for your life and your results
This means not blaming, complaining, justifying, defending or withdrawing. Instead, become actively involved and participate.

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons or the wind, but you can change yourself.” (Jim Rohn, Business Philosopher)

To highlight how to take 100% responsibility, consider the formula:
E + R = O (Event + Response = Outcome).
To achieve a specific outcome you need to take control of your reactions. It can help to influence events but clearly this is not always possible; what is achievable, however, is a positive, productive response leading to the right outcome.

The basic premise is that every outcome you experience in your life is the result of how you have responded to an earlier event or events in your life. If you want to improve the outcomes you are getting then you can simply change your responses (R) to the events (E) – the way things are – until you achieve the outcomes (O) that you want.

Changing your responses requires a change in attitude, but it helps to know that for most people there is a large amount of their behaviors (85-90%) that is habitual and unconscious. Simply managing this aspect of behavior will make a significant difference. After all, your current habits will only get you as far as you are at the moment.

When you control your response focus on three specific elements: behavior, thoughts and images. These three things constitute your response – and they are all within your control.
Believe in yourself
Focus your energies on what you are good at and do not accept that you are weak. One of the keys to success is realizing that it is not what life hands you but how you respond to it, mentally and physically, that matters most. Furthermore, self-belief is a choice. It is an attitude that you develop over time, and the choice of what you believe is up to you. Believing in oneself matters for several reasons.
We are stronger and more capable when we think positively than when we think negatively (this was highlighted with a practical demonstration of kinesiology).
Time and effort is being wasted unproductively if you believe you cannot achieve your goal.
Attitude is essential for success. It provides energy, clarity, focus and persistence – and many other attributes that will enable you to succeed.
You have to believe in yourself even when no one else does. You do not need all the right answers but you do need the right attitude: a positive approach focused on realizing your goals.

If you want to succeed you have to eliminate the phrase “I can’t”. Psychological research has highlighted the debilitating and limiting effects of believing you will fail. If you think that you can’t, you won’t, and your energy and judgement will be inhibited, resulting in a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Also, understand and harness your current and past triumphs and build on that success. Finally, there are some things that cannot be delegated or ignored. If you want to succeed, you have to believe in yourself and make the necessary effort.
Decide what you want – and unleash the power of goal-setting
In his best-selling business book ‘Good to Great’ Jim Collins highlights the significance of goal-setting. The best business executives establish ‘Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals’ – stretching, challenging goals that inspire and motivate people, bringing out their best qualities. Goals are especially valuable as they help provide clarity and focus. In addition, your goals should be measurable.

Start by deciding exactly what you want. If it helps, create a vision in your own mind of how things will be when success is attained. Visions can be powerful motivators, energizing and directing your activities. Next, establish those clear, stretching goals that will drive your progress along the way. The process of achieving a stretching goal is itself virtuous, making you more likely to succeed – regardless of the goal itself. Anecdotal research and experience suggests that less than 10% of people have personal goals.

Focus on breakthrough goals: those achievements that will take your success to a new level, further and faster than might otherwise be attained. Also, everyday, at least twice a day, focus on your goals: this is because what you think about, comes about.
Practice the rule of five
Like many of the principles, this builds on previous rules and requirements for success. Having clearly defined a set of goals that are challenging and personal to you, do five things each day that will help you achieve them. Goals matter because they focus the way we think and the actions we take.

Stop complaining and surround yourself with successful people
This links closely with the earlier principles highlighting the need to believe in yourself and be positive, and to take 100% responsibility. Complaining arises in a variety of ways and is endemic: we become so used to complaining that it can be very difficult to stop. The reason it is so important to end our complaints is because it hinders and frustrates our ability to respond effectively to situations, challenges and opportunities. We are too focused on what went wrong, why and its consequences, rather than taking a productive approach of finding a successful way forward.

One way to stop complaining is simple: avoid people who complain as their attitude will easily spread. The converse is also true, if you surround yourself with positive people then you are much more likely to become imbued with the attitudes, values and energy that have helped to make them successful.

It is also the case that if you aspire to be successful, then by moving in the circles of successful people you are more likely to achieve your goals. This is because many high achievers recognize and embrace, either consciously or unconsciously, the qualities of success in others. They may provide support, guidance, practical help or, at the very least, motivating recognition and encouragement.

By Jack Canfield worldwide best-seller ‘The Success Principles’



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