6 Principles for Success
6 Basic Steps to Be Super Successful
We all want to be successful. However you define success- money, love, career- you no doubt are always on the lookout for the next component to help you live your dreams. If you really want to be successful, there are six key principles that you need to follow.
1. Always Know Your Outcome.
If you’re reading this, you probably have some kind of dream or desire. Maybe you want to get promoted at work or find the love of your life. A lot of times, unfortunately, we spend more time focusing on what we don’t want instead of what we do want. I can remember vividly my district manager asking me what my five year plan was, and panicking because I had no idea.
I knew a lot of things I didn’t want. I had just gotten divorced, and I didn’t want to be with that person anymore. I didn’t want to quit the company I was working for, but I also wasn’t sure if I wanted to get promoted. These “do not wants” gave me some direction, but overall I couldn’t see where I was headed. I didn’t know my end goal.
Whatever you are working towards, create a clear outcome in your mind. Want to get ahead in your career? State it really specifically. What job title do you want to have? Want to be more confident? Be intentional about what you will look like when you are more confident. Having a strong vision of your outcome is key to being successful.
2. Take Real Action.
What exactly defines “real” action? How many times have you put something on a list or bought a new fancy planner and then abandoned it just a short time later? I have mad planner fever, and the office supplies section of any store is simultaneously my Heaven and my Hell.
Or what about the student who shows up to class with twenty highlighters, very nice spiral notebook, and two copies of the syllabus? Are they sleeping in by the second week, or are they still studying hard?
Get whatever supplies you think you will need. Create your morning routine, and put dates in your calendar. Make a to-do list and hang it up on your wall. But the real action comes in checking those things off your to-do list. It’s actually going to the gym instead of just researching which ones are close by. It’s applying for a better job instead of just browsing the want ads.
Stop waiting. Stop over-planning. Do something. Start. Take real action. Be successful.
3. Pay Attention To Your Results.
We have to learn from our mistakes. If we just barrel forward without taking anything else into account, we will end up in the same place time and time again.
If you have tried to launch a course, but have been largely unsuccessful- look at the results. Something isn’t working. Or maybe it worked a little, but has room for improvement. If you never look at what the results are, you’ll never know.
Remember that there is no failure, only feedback. Thomas Edison is famously quoted as saying, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Every piece of feedback will contribute to your ultimate success.
4. Be Willing To Change.
After you learn from the results, you have to be willing to change. Insanity can be defined as doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results (Albert Einstein). Change can be difficult, but the defeat of continuing the same behavior that isn’t working is certainly worse.
Change your lifestyle. Change your approach. Change your habits. Change your mindset. Be flexible, and try something different to achieve your goals.
5. Focus on Excellence.
Who do you look up to? What are they like? How do they start their mornings? How do they hold themselves? What kind of mindset do they have? When you are answering these questions, you are creating a model for the type of person you want to be.
Look to people who are excelling in your field, and see what you can steal from them both physiologically and psychologically. For instance, I love Elle Woods (Legally Blonde is a phenomenal movie and an even better musical). If I look at the things I love about her, I can see what I might want to incorporate into my own life. She walks with a serious pep in her step, and looks full of confidence even when she’s a little unsure of herself. Putting that same energy into my stance could translate to the same feelings of confidence. This is the physiology aspect of excellence.
Elle is also incredibly driven. People are quick to tell her that she can’t go to law school because it’s too hard, but she’s determined. Every obstacle that gets placed in her way, she figures out a way around. Her “What? Like it’s hard?” mentality is a psychological aspect of excellence. Taking the things that make Elle successful (and leaving the things that aren’t quite as important like a love of the color pink) and implementing them in my own life means I can be super successful. So who will you model?
6. Always Live with Gratitude & Integrity.
There’s a reason gratitude journals are so popular. Taking time to focus on what you are grateful for will help you connect with a bigger picture. Studies show that those who focus on gratitude feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships (just check out this article from Harvard Health).
Living with integrity is as simple as living true to your values. I know, for me, once my job didn’t seem to align with my personal values any longer, I was miserable. I fought tooth and nail to try to make my values and what was expected of me work together, but in the end- they didn’t. And I’m much happier living in accordance with my values than I was when I was being pulled apart.
A Recipe for Success
Use these principles to guide you in your journey, and you will easily be creating a successful life. Having clear goals, taking real steps, learning from your results, being flexible, focusing on excellence, and living with gratitude and integrity will push you out of your slump and into a more successful life. What will you be working on first? Let me know in the comments!