One of the great things about the blogging world is the sharing of theories, quotes, experiences and stories about success in order to inspire and motivate each other. They are as helpful as they are entertaining. I am grateful to everybody who shares theirs in the hope that they may inspire others, and I hope to be able to do the same. However, there is one thing that i’d like to share more of, going forward, and that is the tools and strategies which have worked for me. The good news? All they cost you is the time required to adapt them for yourselves and put them into practice. Of course, they may not be suitable for everyone, but life is all about experimenting with new things, keeping what works and adapting or discarding that which doesn’t.
Recently, we looked at the importance of defining your core values and setting standards in your personal and professional lives. I hope that you have managed to do this exercise for yourselves and are already reaping the benefits. For me, these have been crucial in helping me turn my life around and achieve that which I could only dream about before, and I wish the same for you.
Today, i’d like to share the ten truths, or foundations, of success as I have defined them. I didn’t actually create them myself, but borrowed them from a number of sources over the years, before moulding them into a statement of belief. These are my golden rules which I aim to live by, and also serve as a great way to pick myself up when things do not go according to plan;
- You are the only person responsible for your success. The power to shape your future lies in your hands. It is all down to you and your thoughts and actions.
- You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Innovation and progress is usually the result of looking at how things can be done more efficiently. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to invent something new, but it could be as simple as improving an existing design or process.
- There is no progress without determined action. Progress doesn’t just happen by chance. You have to really want it and work relentlessly for it.
- Persistence always wins. Life is a rollercoaster, so enjoy the ups and learn from the downs. Whatever you do, though, never give up on what you truly desire.
- Focus is crucial. Stop letting distractions such as tv and social media rob you of valuable time and energy. Your actions should be targeted towards the achievement of your goal. So, put down your phone, turn off the tv and read a book which could increase your knowledge or work on a skill which could help your efforts.
- Failure is a necessary part of the process. Failure is one of life’s greatest teachers. Instead of cursing your bad luck, look for the lessons which can be learned from the experience so that you can bounce back stronger and wiser. What decisions or actions produced a negative outcome, and should be avoided in future? Are there any skills or knowledge gaps which you can address?
- Positivity fuels productivity. You must believe that you can and will do it. This fuels the determined action which will bring you closer to what you desire.
- Determine the person you want to become, not the end result. Rather than material gain, determine what kind of person you need to become in order to achieve your big goals. Do you need to become more assertive, a better communicator, more confident…? Explore the common personality traits of those who have achieved what you aspire to, and ask yourself if you could benefit from applying any of them to your own life.
- Helping others, and contributing, is a big part of success and fulfillment. Don’t be selfish. The only person who you should be competing against is your current self, striving to improve every day. Share your advice, experiences or resources to help others without asking for anything in return. In your life, people have helped or supported you to get where you are today, so pay it forward and take the opportunity to help others succeed or just improve their quality of lives.
- Success is a journey of countless baby steps. There are no shortcuts and it won’t just come looking for you. You have to put the work in consistently over time.
The sections in italics have been added to clarify what each statement means, and explain why each one is important enough to feature on the list.
I have this list written on a series of postcards which I have at work, on my bedside table and in my journal because I never know when I will need to revisit them. They are simple statements and really work.
What would your list look like? What would you remove or add?