Success! That word again – Who doesn’t know it? Who doesn`t understand what it means? Who doesn’t want it? The truth is most people know and understand what it is.
Now, before I go any further let me just say this; you don’t need to read a 500-page book to transform your thinking about becoming successful. Simply read this post to the end and you will find it more useful to you than most books.
And if you have a willing heart, it only takes 20 minutes of reading this article to effectively transform how you see things.
The point is that most people want, desire, and wish they had Success.
Yet success seems to be elusive to the majority of us. If we were to talk statistics, they say only 1% of the population owns most of the wealth.
According to an article published by Inc magazine, only 8 % of people who set New Year goals to achieve something actually follow through to successful attainment of those goals.
The answer is very simple. It`s because Success only comes to those who NEED IT. Those who NEED success like they need to breathe to live.
From my experience in life, I have often found that there are three kinds of people in this world. First, we have the lazy hopeless individual with absolutely no ambition or aspiration whatsoever.
Well, there isn’t much to be said about these guys. They are just drifting through life, wasting away into old age. And that’s okay.
It`s A Pretenders` World
Then there is the second group. In this group, you find the dreamers. Now, this elite group of individuals can easily fool you. They appear to be ambitious, and to some extent are. They talk a big game but do very little about their dreams and aspirations. I am talking about those, `CEO` business card wielding show-offs who achieve nothing meaningful. They prefer playing the part of being successful rather than actually doing something to achieve real success.
They are the pretenders, and I am sure right now you are probably thinking of someone you know who falls into this category. They know that they want to become successful but they just cannot get round to doing something about it – for one legitimate reason or another. And for those who have missed it, I use the word legitimate sarcastically as you will find out later.
Finally, in group three there are the DOERS. These are the people who actually end up becoming successful. These are the people who dream big and then do something about it. They are the people who NEED success.
Now I don’t know what your circumstances are or which group you fall into, and quite frankly I will not speculate on that. I will instead leave you to conduct a quick introspection and decide for yourself.
However, I am hoping that you do fall somewhere in-between the second and the third group. The reason why I prefer those trying to move from the second to the third group is that with a bit of training, encouragement, and guidance it is possible to move them into Success.
If you are one of those who dream of becoming successful, then you should know two things.
Your Must Believe!
First, you are not alone and second, that it is very doable. It has been done before, and people will continue to do it in the future. And the good news is that you can be part of the statistics of people who become successful.
Now whether you achieve success now or in the future, it is entirely up to you.
We have already established that almost everyone wants to become successful. In fact, even those that are already successful still want to become even more successful.
I am therefore assuming that you are not reading this article for fun and just passing time – (And it`s perfectly okay if you are by the way). But I am hoping that you landed on this article because you have a burning desire within you to make critical changes in your life and become successful. The good and truthful thing about becoming successful is that it can be done by almost everyone. Yes, everyone!
How Much Do You Really Want to Become Successful?
One simply needs to move from merely wanting, desiring, and wishing for success to meaningful NEED for it.
If you follow some of the ideas that we discuss in this post, you will give yourself the best possible chance to bring legitimate success to your life. And to be honest it`s about time too. We only get one life to live. So it is critical for us to make the most of it.
As I said before, if you are dreaming of becoming successful, you are not alone. Unfortunately, as we also mentioned earlier, only a handful of people end achieving success.
In fact, through misguidance or lack of knowledge, a lot of people think and believe that (and I say this with great sadness), becoming successful is a privilege for the carefully selected lucky few.
Well, the Lottery is for the lucky few and it has nothing to do with the process of becoming successful. Achieving success is an undertaking that has well-defined principles and rules that can be followed.
So what do I need to be successful?
The first and most critical factor in an attempt to become successful is the right MINDSET.
Oh Please, Not Another Talk About Mindset
You have probably heard this before and will probably continue to hear it said by almost every writer, coach, mentor, or motivational speaker that discusses the topic of achieving success.
There reason everyone keeps talking about it is that it is not only true but is also critical such that without the right mindset one will almost never become successful. It is the single most important factor in an attempt to bring success into one`s life.
Most of the battle for success happens in the mind. Everything begins with a thought. If you think you can do it and that it is possible, then you have already won the battle.
The problem most of us have is we simply do not know ourselves enough to believe what we can do. Isn`t it the saddest thing that a lot of people believe that other people can become successful yet they doubt themselves?
They believe that others succeeded because they had certain special skills. Inversely they believe they will not achieve success because they do not possess those special skills.
But the point is that no one was born with special skills. And more importantly, NO ONE HAS A MONOPOLY ON SKILLS. Any skills you can think of can be freely acquired by anyone and everyone willing to invest time into developing themselves. Success and Personal Development are intricately linked. It is almost impossible to have one without the other.
Let us look at Mark Zuckerberg for instance.
Think of the skills that he needed to be able to write the code for Facebook. Can that special skill be learned by anybody? The answer is a resounding YES IT CAN.
And here is the kicker, a lot of people have taken Facebook`s story and used it to inspire themselves to learn to code, and have gone on to then develop programs that have brought them success.
Whether you choose to think that what Zuckerberg was lucky and special, or you believe that you too can learn a skill that can bring you similar success is entirely a decision you make in YOUR MIND.
How many teenagers do we hear about who have taught themselves skills that have made them millionaires? I am not making this up.
Erik Finman, just to pick one example from so many, became a millionaire at age 15 by investing in bitcoin.
Now I ask you, which university had he enrolled to learn about Money and Investing? It comes down to Mind-Set.
Once you tell yourself it can be done, then nothing will stop you. Absolutely nothing. You see, everything that you see and believe will always come down to mindset.
Always Choose To Be Optimistic In Every Situation
Two people will look at the same situation; one will see it as a hindrance and give up, another will consider it an opportunity to become creative and overcome. So to become successful the one thing you must always remember above everything else is that; before achieving anything, we must first win and achieve it in the mind.
If you can think it, then you can become it.
The film/documentary, the Secret is based on this same principle, although too loosely I might add.
Now let me ask you this question.
Do you think you can actually become successful? Do you believe it?
If you answered – Yes, then let us think this a little further. What if we added a few more elements to the mix? Let us consider a few more questions and comments;
Are you absolutely sure that you can become successful?
Do you forget about your poor background, and the fact that you have no education?
Don’t you know that more educated and better-equipped people have failed in the past?
I mean let us use common sense here, where will you find the capital to make those kinds of dreams come true?
Do you remember that you had your fingers burnt when you attempted that other project?
And these are not the only impossible challenges, there are a lot more. Do not forget that a lot of people have lost a lot of money chasing these pipe dreams.
Now, let us be realistic and honest, do you still think it is possible for you to become successful? After all, we are talking of reality here, not fantasies.
Well, let me answer in the way that you should.
Yes! And Yes! Yes, I can become successful. And in spite of all those factors, I am going to become successful!”
To Become Successful, You Must Be Prepared To Conquer Challenges.
The thing is you can do anything you put your mind to. I mean ANYTHING. Regardless of any challenges, there may be. You are not the only person in the world to find yourself faced with challenges of any kind. If you find yourself faced with a special, unique challenge, I can guarantee you that someone, somewhere in the world has already overcome that same problem.
The 1 % successful people we talked about at the beginning have all started facing all kinds of challenges. For some, the challenges were even greater than what you may be facing right now. And yet they did not allow them to stop them. Award-winning rapper Jay Z, born Shawn Corey Carter, came from very humble beginnings. He grew up in a rough neighborhood with zero prospects. His efforts to succeed in the music industry were characterized by rejection after rejection. But he did not allow his race, his negative background & upbringing, nor his lack of experience and exposure in the music industry to stop him. Those were just opportunities for him to get creative.
On the other hand, you will find that a lot of people in the 99% who are not successful have also faced similar challenges. Most of them have accepted them as hindrances and accepted defeat. And that probably explains where they are now. It all boils down to the Power of Mind-Set.
Whether you think you can or cannot, either way, you are right.
The point of the matter is that you should and must train your mind to see ALL things as possible. No matter how big the dream or challenge. In fact, the bigger the challenge and dream, the better. It means that not many people are doing it and therefore the rewards for achieving success will be even greater.
There is no doubt in my mind about your ability. I don’t care who you are or what you have been told before. I am telling you here and now; YOU CAN DO IT! And you will do it. As Albert Einstein stated;
Imagination is everything.
See yourself as already having become successful and you will unlock an unstoppable force from within you. What you think about yourself is what will manifest. Your mind is the driving force for action. And it has nothing to do with ability but what you believe.
We are ALL born with the ability to achieve greatness. It all comes down to belief and mindset. Those who end up becoming successful and great do so because they believe that they can, that they will, and they do.
When you believe, then whatever the outcome of your action is, it will always represent victory to you. Because win or lose, in your mind you are still winning.
The outcome doesn’t matter, what you think does.
Even if you find yourself at your lowest point of defeat and failure, if your mind is programmed that you will become successful then you cannot be stopped. Nothing can stop you if you have it in your head that; YOU CAN DO IT.
You must always know that; whatever your mind can conceive it can achieve. You have an inborn, unstoppable force within you that can only be unleashed by you and your mind alone.
No other part of your body can unlock this force but your mind. That is because the mind is the only part of the body that has the ability to create visions. Whatever you are today, you have seen in your mind before.
If what you are today is different from what you saw in the past as being your future self, then at some point in your life you listened to the wrong report. You allowed false reports about you to influence your mind and ultimately your actions.
Sometimes we listen to the wrong people, saying the wrong things, about our lives and we believe them. Thus we allow those thoughts to take over our mind. If you accept it in your mind, then you make it a reality in your life.
Who do you listen to about your life?
Take some time to think deeply about this question.
Billionaire John Paul DeJoria was told by his math teacher that he would never become successful in anything in his life. Well, he is now worth $3 billion. So much for amounting to nothing huh?
He did it because he rejected the teacher`s false report about his life. You must reject any negative comments that people make about your life. It does not matter from whom they come. Reject them totally.
Create new comments in your own life. You must tell yourself what you want for yourself, and not let anyone tell you what your destiny will be. What right do they have over your life anyway? None whatsoever!
Create new positive visions for your life
Visions of failure or of marginal success only bring about the same for your life. This article is about trying something you have never tried before. It is all about creating new belief systems in your mind and ultimately bring success to your life.
It is about creating new visions for your life. And do you know what the best part is? YOU get to create the visions and imaginations that you want and like. There are no limitations whatsoever. Only YOU can limit your own imagination.
And if I were to give you advice at this very precise moment I would have to say; “don’t put any limit to what you can imagine. Go crazy with your visions and imagination. Trust me no one will get hurt” Create the biggest vision ever known to man and go for it. Because;
When you visualize, you materialize.
Today you must meditate about your Success and create a new vision, a new ambition, and a new dream. Once you create it, don’t ever lose that new vision. However long it will take before you achieve your success, you just need to hold on to your dream. Believe in nothing else except in your dream to become successful.
You created it and no one else did it for you. It is your own creation. No one can erase that vision but you. Anything that is in your mind, no one can steal from you.
You must also learn to speak to yourself about your vision to become successful. Declare it to yourself. Make affirmations about your success every day. Don’t be shy to speak your success out loud. There is power in confession.
What you say is a reflection of what you think about your life. Incidentally, that is what will happen in your life too. Here is an affirmation that you may consider making to yourself. Every morning from now on;
“I am going to become very successful. I am very successful. Nothing will stop me. Nothing Can Stop ME. I am successful and I am Unstoppable”.
Look yourself in the mirror every morning and tell yourself what you see about your future.
You must mean it.
The Power Of Positive Confession
You must believe it. Trust me, there is power in confession. The more you say it, the more you start to believe it, the more you will start to see it. The more vivid your Vision will become.
You may ask;
Why every morning?
It is because anything you do at the start of your day sets the tone for the rest of your day. A bad day in a lot of cases starts in the morning. If you get up in the morning miserable, then the rest of your day will be miserable.
Even the universe will appear to conspire against you. But a positive morning always makes for a bright day. That is why you need to shape the rest of your day in the morning.
Having a positive morning helps you to project all focus and energy towards the most important aspect of your life.
Positive confession helps to direct all your energies for the day towards your vision. If you can, you could even find some object that constantly reminds you of your vision.
I used to have a picture of my own dream house as my phone`s screen saver. It meant that every time I looked at my phone I was reminded what I needed to focus my energy towards.
You could look to adopt something similar or different. As long as it brings your attention back to what is important to you, then, by all means, use that. I know of people who have pictures of their dream successful life on their office walls or desks.
Constant vision creates reality.
Dealing With Fear
Another element of the mindset that prevents people from becoming successful is Fear. So let us take some time to explore this a little bit. Remember it is all about mindset.
To become successful you must take Action. All action will mean you have to navigate past obstacles and challenges. That brings us to the issue of Fear. Fear can be crippling and paralyzing, and therefore if you seriously want to bring success to your life you must deal with this issue effectively.
The truth is Fear is natural and it is impossible to eliminate it from being a part of us. The issue is not to remove fear but to be able to achieve success in spite of it.
In fact, fear can be a strategic asset to you. Fear of lack and poverty can spur you into hard work. It is all about harnessing fear and converting it into a positive strategic weapon that will help you to become successful.
All great successful people that you know have their own fears. The trick lies in knowing how to deal with this fear as you aspire to become successful. This is what distinguishes great people from the rest of the population. There is a saying that;
Courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it.
Fear manifests itself in different ways from person to person. Most people will use excuses as shields to cover their fears.
For example, it seems much more dignified to say that you don’t start a business because you have no finance, as opposed to saying you are afraid that you may fail and lose all your money.
That is why it is essential for us to deal with fear and all its manifestations.
If I were to ask you to jot down a figure of how much wealth you believe you can realistically achieve to be able to consider yourself to have become successful, what would that figure be?
Would you write a million dollars? $20 million? Or is it $50 million? Maybe even $100 million? Well, whatever figure you put down, it represents the level of fear within you.
The question that comes is; why did you not write a higher number? You could have said $1 billion dollars or you could have decided $100 billion. Hey, why not go for a trillion dollars?
False Reality Restricts Imagination
Most people will target the highest number that they feel is realistic. Anything higher than this number and people will start to feel they are being unrealistic.
But then again, I want to ask you these questions;
What universally represents reality, and who decides?
Is there a specific figure that represents this reality that we all subscribe to?
If we have this one, Reality framework, how come we have different people at different levels of wealth?
The difference lies in individual belief systems. How your mind has been programmed determines your level of reality. Your background and environment have over the years been programming your mind to accept a certain framework, as representing what is real and what isn’t.
The good thing is that you can reject that mind program. You can start entering your own suitable program of reality into your mind. The truth of the matter is that there is nothing in this world that is unrealistic or impossible. Absolutely nothing!
If you decide you are going to become the most successful person on the planet then you will do it. If you decide you want to grow wings and fly one day then you can do it. Everything is real to the extent that you believe that it is. Jonathan Winters said that;
Nothing is impossible – some things are just less likely than others.
Off course if you tell your dream to people whose minds are poorly programmed, they will most likely say it`s unrealistic and that you are probably a resident of Looney town.
The reason we fly in airplanes today is that someone decided it was possible for people to fly in some kind of flying machine. There is no doubt in my mind that the idea of flying was once considered insane and unrealistic.
The idea of flying was further developed by the Wright brothers and they were credited with inventing and building the world’s first, airplane and making the first controlled, powered, and sustained human flight.
But they were not the first to come up with the idea to build an experimental airplane. They simply developed someone else`s vision. That very first person who decided it was possible to fly would probably have been considered a lunatic by his/her associates.
And yet they would have had to continue, undeterred by insults and criticism, and create a foundational platform for others to build on.
Why don’t you create your own crazy, looney idea; that of becoming a very successful individual.
Elizabeth Arden, a Canadian-American businesswoman who founded, the Elizabeth Arden Inc once said;
I only want people around me who can do the impossible.
Fear tells people to put limitations on themselves. It is fear that creates the illusion that we call, Reality. The only reality that matters is in your mind. There is nothing impossible in this world. Alexander the Great stated that;
There is nothing impossible to him who will try.
If you believe it is possible, and you start to go for it, whatever it is, you will find that anything is possible. A lot of other people will also start to believe in your vision too.
You may not end up being the one who perfects the idea but you will certainly be credited for thinking outside the box of limitation.
Trip Hawkins, a Silicon Valley American entrepreneur and founder of Electronic Arts, the 3DO Company and Digital chocolate, could not have put it any better when he said;
“You are nuts and you should be proud of it. Stick with what you believe in.” – Trip Hawkins
I say thank you, Trip Hawkins.
Don’t get me wrong. If you feel comfortable with a modest framework of ambition and success, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If that is what you believe you want to achieve then that is fine by me. You can only achieve what is real to you.
But always be aware that it is fear that inhibits ambition.
Modesty Simply Justifies Mediocrity
Some people use modesty an excuse for aiming lower when in actual fact it is fear.
Some hide behind job security while others describe themselves as content with what they have. Being philosophical about lack and poverty is a classic example of fear. Instead of going out there and changing their situation, some people would rather come up with profound philosophies that will allow them to justify their mediocrity.
How many times do you hear this?-”Money isn’t everything”. Oh please! Nobody ever said it was. Whatever you want to call it, it is fear. Fear has made sure the world has fewer millionaires than there would otherwise have been. Being a millionaire would not be special today if fear did not exist.
If you are going to become successful then you are going to have to deal with this fear. It puts shackles on us, restricts us, and makes us ineffective.
Now I am going to shock you. Wanting to come up with the perfect idea first is another form of fear. Yes, it is. People hide behind imperfect business ideas, incomplete market researches, bad timing, (e.g. we are in a recession), etc. It just makes me laugh.
If you are afraid of going out there and try something that will improve your life just admit it. Don’t hide behind lame excuses for your fears. There will never be a better time to start anything than now. Remember this;
There will never be a perfect time, but you can only make time perfect.
If you wait then you are going to be waiting for a very long time. Just take that bold step into the future without fear. The best and most logical reason for anyone not starting a business today and changing their life is nothing more than an excuse. Of course, they can disguise it in any way they so wish but it will not change that fact.
Now for a quick activity, find a notepad and write a list of all the fears that are preventing you from becoming successful. Again as I said before, it is about being honest with one`s self. Being honest with yourself and admitting your fears is the first stage of defeating fear.
Is it that you fear you may not have the required skills? Or is it that you don’t have a lot of capital if any at all? List anything that you fear may prevent you from stepping out and fighting for your successful life.
Your list may comprise of factors such as reluctance to take risks, anxiety, inability to complete tasks, lack of self-confidence, etc. The list goes on and differs from person to person.
The bottom line is none of the factors on your list can actually stop you. Your mind is under the illusion that these things can actually prevent you. The truth is that an untrained mind can be susceptible to this falsehood.
It is not true that there is anything on the face of this planet that can hinder you from becoming successful. In fact, and this will shock you, your whole list is not even real. It`s an illusion, a magic trick that your mind plays on you.
The only way you are going to achieve your objective is to be prepared to deal with fear throughout your journey to find a successful life. Fear will always present itself and will continuously do so. Hence, Sometimes you will find it easy to beat the fears, and sometimes it will be difficult. However, the key is to develop the skill to always recognize when you are under attack and deal with it accordingly.
Accept that setbacks may occur and that from time to time you will be rejected. And that on some occasions you may be deemed incompetent, unqualified or maybe of the wrong race, etc. A trained mind understands that such setbacks are all part of the journey to become successful and that they cannot prevent you from realizing your dream.
Therefore, In conclusion
Success is very much achievable by almost everyone. It just takes the right mindset, a lot of sweat and hard work, a deep desire and hunger, and personal development. Remember; Nothing is Impossible if you NEED IT enough.
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