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[success]Success is not determined by the outcome. The outcome is the result of having already decided that you are successful to begin with. ~ T.F. Hodge[/success]
You’re always changing; it can’t be stopped, it can’t be helped. Use it as an incentive to have the best today possible and make a difference for tomorrow. You’re far better than you give yourself credit for. Don’t end up being much less than you might be because you’re constantly upset by external events. Your experiences aren’t what hurt you, your judgement of them does, and you have the power to wipe out judgements.
If success keeps slipping through your fingers, remember that sometimes it’s necessary to take a look at the circumstances of life and discover the wisdom within each event.
Stop looking at your life passively, as though it’s something that happens to you. You are the determining factor. You can transform your life beyond your wildest dreams by taking steps to learn and practice the life principles used by the most successful among us.
Here’s 7 actionable steps to create results that stick.
1. Learn to say no
Concentrate on the things that really matter and say no to everything else. If you have to say no 1,000 times that’s okay. Stay on track, keep focused on what’s important to you. And always remember the beginning is the most important part of any project.
Say no to procrastination. Take responsibility for your life by deciding what it’s really all about for you and prioritize your days around that. Never let your current reality stop you from moving forward.
2. Keep looking, and stop settling
So you haven’t found the ideal job, the ideal partner, the ideal home, the ideal anything. Don’t be stopped keep looking. Don’t settle for less than you deserve. It’s amazing how hard we make it on ourselves. Don’t second guess. You’ll know when it turns up and if you stop seeking you’ll never find it.
You have the ability to experience anything, be anything, overcome anything. Stop working so hard. There’s a strong pull of desire already working on your behalf. Your job is to stay out of it’s way.
Don’t numb out your awareness of what it is you really want. Don’t discount your preferences or you’ll never realize what’s possible for you.
3. Forget about managing time – it can’t be done
Time favors no one. Today simply says it’s up to you how you use me. Learn to value each moment. No matter your age, hang on to that sense of urgency that was so prevalent as a teenager and allow it to drive you into action. Take the time today has to offer and use it well; take chances, say yes to opportunities.
Use your time to understand what you’re here to do and then do it with passion and purpose. It’s time to honour yourself for being you.
Learn to manage yourself and manage your tasks. At the end of each day write down what you choose to accomplish tomorrow. And when tomorrow arrives…just do it.
4. Learn to grab the magic of flow
Flow occurs only in the now. So you must learn to engage your attention on the present…not the day ahead or the things that are happening all around, but on what you need to do this moment. Practice living in the now. Don’t let your thoughts drift off toward concerns about the past. Don’t worry about the future. Set aside time to imagine your future, but live in the magic of now for the rest of the time.
Flow is that enchanted space where your greatest strengths show up, where you’re attention narrows down to just a moment and the past and future fade away, taking with them yesterday’s regrets or today’s worries.
Flow won’t stay with you every moment of every day. Ordinarily it arrives unexpectedly, never staying permanently, showing up when least expected. Grab it when it visits.
5. Take a little help from your friends
Most people want a fulfilled life. It’s not always easy to pursue fulfillment, and to do it despite circumstances, the opinions all around you, offering bad advice and contrary agendas, and especially despite your own inner critic. Choose fulfillment anyway.
Spend time with those who encourage you, or find ways to encourage yourself. We all need encouragement to keep us on track to a life fully lived. Believe it’s possible for you to live a life that you value, a life without regret. Whatever results you achieve, the true satisfaction will be that at the end of the day, you have lived life more fully.
When the going gets hard, stick with those who’ll cheer you on as you develop yourself.
6. Don’t blame circumstances for results that don’t stick
Your beliefs lead you to make decisions about what’s valuable for you to do. Each day you’re choosing what’s valuable for you. Is it starting the day at 5 each morning, or staying in bed till mid-day? Or something in between.
One thing for sure, the beliefs you have are directing you towards inevitable success or inconvenient failure. What happens in your life is determined by the decisions you make, not about the circumstances you encounter.
There’s only one person responsible for the quality of your relationships, the level of your health, the state of your income, the way you feel; everything. You know that person is you. To achieve the results you want and make them stick, you must assume 100% responsibility for your life. Nothing less is good enough for you.
7. Learn to remove the biggest block to successful, lasting results
What you think determines your beliefs; what you believe influences the choices you make which defines who you are and what you’re likely to attract and experience in life.
Your life shows the world who you are. It’s yours to make and remake as you see fit. You’re the only one in control. Remember, if you’re not getting results that stick, if you’re not happy where your previous decisions have led, then it’s time to go back to the beginning. The thoughts you constantly think.
You are totally in control of what you think. No-one can think for you. You are totally in control of the images you hold in your mind. No one can hold their images in your mind. You are totally in control of the decisions you make, and the way you behave.
Be willing to practice any one of these steps, and the domino effect begins. Be brave, the biggest difference between those who succeed and those who struggle the most is the courage to make a change in thinking. You’ll begin to see every experience, even those that challenge and discourage, as a chance for greater advancement in life.
What are you willing to do to stop success slipping through your fingers? Share in the comments below. You might very well have the answer someone is waiting to hear.
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