7 Principles of Success and How to Master Them

Trying to achieve success in life is like trying to climb to the top of a mountain with minimal equipment and a whole lot of hurdles in your way. Here are 7 principles of success to help you achieve your goals. The rocky terrain tests every ounce of strength in your body and the elements around you make you wonder if you’ll last long enough to see the top. The good news is that you can… as long as you follow certain principles.

Success, like most everything else in life, is a process. There are things you can do to increase the likelihood that you’ll get where you desire most to be.

Here are the top seven principles of success that will get you headed in the right direction:

1. There is no such thing as failure

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It’s awful easy to get caught up in the fear of failing. That’s why so many people don’t even attempt to achieve their goals. They don’t want to take the risk that things won’t work out the way they intended.

You can squelch that whole thought by realizing that very few things in life will ever work like you planned them. Most everything changes – from relationships to careers to any other area in life. The key is learning how to move with them instead of fighting them every step of the way.

Part of this is recognizing that there is no such thing as failure. Just because something didn’t go textbook perfect doesn’t mean that it is a failure.

Some of the world’s greatest inventions were created by accident. The inventor was actually trying to do something else (which “failed”) and discovered something new and exciting.

Also, embrace failure as inspiration. Although this is a difficult concept to grasp, you can use failure as inspiration to keep moving in the right direction. Make it a word that motivates you to explore uncharted territory. Take advantage of it to achieve the goals you have in mind.

2. The only thing that will stop you from achieving your goals is you

Oftentimes you’ll hear someone making excuses as to why they didn’t succeed at reaching their goals. They may say that someone else took their limelight from them or something happened that prohibited them from being where they wanted to be.

Certainly, things can happen in life (and often do). But, there is no excuse for not achieving whatever you’ve set out to achieve. If you want something bad enough, you’ll make it happen.

The first thing you have to realize is that if you’re limited, it is because you are allowing it to happen. Either you are accepting it as a reality (when it is not) or you’re not looking for alternative solutions.

Don’t let “no” be an answer and it won’t be. When you’re faced with a hurdle, find a way to overcome it.

Make a list of the reasons that make your goal significant to you and maintain it in a visible place. This will serve as a helpful reminder of your motivation for making changes and certainly is one of the most important principles of success.

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3. To get where you want to be requires action

Although it may seem like most successful people got there the easy way, if you talk to them directly, you’ll likely find that wasn’t the case. It actually took them years and years of hard work

k and effort to become the ‘overnight success’ that they are noted for.

You can sit around all day and wish for things to change or you can make them change. Remember that a dream will always stay a dream if there is no action to back it up. It is the action that creates the life that you want to live.

4. Your thoughts and attitude determine your outcome

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Some people call it a self-fulfilling prophecy and others say that you reap what you sow. Either way, the concept is the same. You will get back whatever you send out into the world. So, if you want success, then you have to send out successful thoughts and attitudes.

One exercise that can help you do this is to write down five things that you intend to achieve in the next six months. And, you’ll want to state them as if they already happened. For example, you may write down “I lost 15 pounds” or “I paid off my credit card.”

Placing these positive and reaffirming thoughts in your mind will get you on the path you need to be, but writing them down will make their happening almost a guarantee. Try it. You may surprise yourself with the results.

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5. You enjoy greater success when you help someone else succeed

Among important principles of success is this one…Most successful people will tell you that you can’t achieve success by yourself. However, many people still try. (Maybe you’re one of them?)

Look, no one expects you to be Superwoman. In fact, if you want to reach higher levels in anything, it is likely going to involve someone else helping you out which, in turn, helps them out. It’s like the gift that gives back – tenfold.

6. If you want success, hang around with successful people

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Or, as my husband-to-be puts it, “It’s hard to soar with the eagles when you’re surrounded by turkeys.” It is kind of a funny analogy, but it is definitely true. You will be like the people you spend the most time with, so if you want to be successful, then you’re going to want to find successful friends and colleagues.

The nice thing about this is that everyone likes to talk about themselves and share what makes them as special as they are. So, it’s not hard to find a successful person who is willing to tell you what they did to get where they are.

Learn from them. Soak all the information in so you can apply it in your own life.

7. Never, ever give up on something you believe in

This is probably one of  the most important principles of success.

Just think of all the dreams that weren’t realized simply because someone gave up too soon. It’s a shame.

Never, ever, ever let go of the dream that is in your heart. You may not be sure how to reach it and you may be unclear as to what exactly it means, but never let it fall by the wayside. To do so robs the world of the greatness you have to offer.

Follow your passion and choose to go where no one else has gone before. You may be just the person that the world is looking for to change the way things are. In a good way, of course.

About the author

Christina DeBusk

Changing careers mid-life from law enforcement to writing, Christina spends her days helping others enrich their businesses and personal lives one word at a time.

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