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Successful people weren’t born that way. So how do they do it?

They’re just willing do the things that lead to their dreams. And then they do it again. They imagine what their future could be, and then they work every day toward that vision, or that purpose.

Regardless of their profession or life dreams, I’ve noticed seven common principles highly successful people have trained themselves to do that the rest of us are capable of doing too.

1. Set up a world class belief system

You don’t have to be saddled with a set of beliefs that are more about survival than success.

Many of us were programmed to avoid pain at all costs which means living with a ‘playing not to lose’ mentality. A belief system that doesn’t serve you well.

If you want something, put in the effort. No matter your age, or upbringing or your lot in life, invest time solidifying new beliefs.

A world class belief system can be created from scratch, but it’s a never ending activity. Take seminars, study, create affirmations. Do what’s necessary even if it’s hard. You’ll find the rewards are phenomenal.

2. Take extra steps, walk the extra mile for extraordinary results

Give a little more than you get. Be a little kinder than necessary. Do a little more than you need and you’re walking that extra mile.

Those extra steps will give you extraordinary results. Remember if you give the world your very best, the world gives its best back to you.

You don’t have to have it all worked out, just begin to do better than your best from yesterday and it’ll become a part of who you are. It’s a force of habit. You’ll become more self-confident and more self-reliant and you’ll be succeeding through purpose.

3. Seek the company of those who bring out your best

Some people don’t have your best interests at heart. Keep out of their way.

It’s hard to flourish when surrounded by those who consistently point out your imperfections. The greatest gift to give yourself is to have those in your life who uplift you, who show you the inner brilliance that you can’t see for yourself.

Seek those who speak words of affirmation, encouragement, appreciation, love, acceptance, possibility, and vision and return the favour.

Enjoy the company of those who encourage you to be greater than you ever thought possible.

4. Dig deep and keep trying

Forget about all the times you didn’t make it. Your journey to success requires ‘stick-to-it-ness’, grit and gumption. You have the power to escape, to break free from your current lot in life.

It can be a difficult road at times, because most people want a quick fix, a quick way to results. Don’t let impatience prevent you from continuing to try. If you try anything to improve yourself, to be kinder, to love more, you have made the world a better place. You’ve achieved something great. That’s true success.

Don’t overlook the fact that the moment you commit yourself, providence moves too. And support arrives in ways you couldn’t possible have orchestrated. Keep trying.

5. Follow the formulas for personal achievement

Self-discipline is one thing in life you have complete, unquestionable control over. It’s the key to getting things done.

Success might be the destination, but discipline is the vehicle that gets you there. Without it, you get nowhere fast. With it, you go even further than you imagine, and accomplish more than you ever dreamed possible.

Take charge of your destiny. Being disciplined in the attitude you bring to life is the path to all the abundance and joy you desire; it’s part of the formula for personal achievement.

6. Practice Controlling Your Attention

Your greatest ally is the ability to direct your thoughts in the direction of your dreams, regardless of the ups and downs of the day.

Don’t worry about the negative ideas that demand your attention; don’t allow yourself to be be distracted by fleeting fears, train yourself to choose thoughts that lead to greater personal achievement.

Give yourself a chance to create the best, most successful life possible by guiding your thoughts towards your goal.

You are where you are today because your thoughts have taken you there and your future rests on the quality of the thoughts you have from now on.

7. Do one good thing for yourself every day

It’s important to step back; it allows every challenge to appear smaller and allows you to gain new perspective.

It’s vital to remember you are rare and precious.

Each day choose one good thing to do for your body: exercise, languish in a bath, eat a healthy meal. And each day choose one good thing for your spirit. Meditate, read uplifting texts, anything that nurtures your spirit. Have fun.

Never forget success is about many things: laughing a lot, finding the best in others, leaving the world a little better, giving to yourself.  A truly successful life involves bringing love to every corner of our existence.

Thank you so very much for reading and for sharing your feedback and suggestions in the comments below. Every week I’m always amazed at both your encouragement and your wisdom.

Encourage one another.

Love Elle


Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. Elle,

    This is awesome!! “Success might be the destination, but discipline is the vehicle that gets you there.” <—– That is brilliant!

    I appreciate your light!

    Please feel free to visit my site (My purpose is to help others discover and cultivate their purpose)

    Have an awesome day!!

    • Elle

      Hi Brandon, thanks for stopping by and sharing your site with us. I applaud you in your support and encouragement of others. As Gandhi said – the best way to find/help yourself is in the service to others. 🙂

  2. Dear Elle,

    This is beautiful: “Don’t overlook the fact that the moment you commit yourself, providence moves too.” Providence is such a nice word and idea, one that’s not used much.

    I especially like the point about controlling our attention! That’s so key, isn’t it?

    • Elle

      You’re so right about providence Sandra. It has such a lovely ring and feeling to it, as though the whole universe is rushing to our aid. In truth, I do believe that! 🙂

  3. Love point #7. We are too caught up with the busy-ness in life that most of the time we forgot to do something nice for our well-being. A very good reminder to take care of self. If our well being is not healthy, eventually we can no longer be function at our peak.

    • Elle

      Hi Joe, glad you enjoyed the post. Self care is truly vital to our wellbeing and I like the point you make about needing it to function at our very best. We all deserve that. 🙂

  4. “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”

    Wow, that quote hit home today as I find myself still struggling with technical and launch issues. I’ve not been liking this environment, and really have felt like a captive! I think today I’ll focus on #7!

    • Elle

      So sorry you’re environment has been ‘less than’ Sandi. Those birthing pains can be flipping awful. And the good news is that nothing lasts for ever. I’m trying to be a bit more like W. Clement Stone who managed to annoy everyone by saying, that’s good whenever anything happened…even the stuff we would probably deem ‘not good’. He made the assumption something wonderful would come out of everything. And that’s what I’m assuming for you. It’s easier to do it for someone else! 🙂

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