A principle is a rule or law concerning a natural occurrence. When principles are applied, the results are predictable. Today I want to talk about seven success principles that will make your success a natural occurrence. These principles are timeless; they will work today the same as they worked 2,500 years ago, the same as they will work 2,500 years from now.
If you follow the success principles, success will surely be yours. Contrary to popular opinion, public debate, and what you may have seen on television, success is not the result of good luck. Success comes from the proper application of principles.
With that said, here are seven powerful success principles.
“It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.” -Paul Bryant
Success occurs when the prepared individual creates their own opportunity. Are you prepared? Preparation is the foundation of success. It often takes years to prepare for success, there are no overnight successes. What appears to be overnight success is usually the result of at least 10 years of preparation.
2. Get Started
“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If you’re not in action today, you don’t have a tomorrow, just a longer today. So get into action now, and begin to move in the right direction.
3. Move in the Right Direction
“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” -Oliver Wendell Homes
Are you moving in the right direction?
If you’re moving in the right direction, no matter your speed, you will eventually get to your intended destination. It’s not that important where you are right now, what matters is where you’re headed. Don’t get discouraged because you haven’t arrived; it’s only a matter of time before you walk into your dream.
4. Dream and Act
“To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.” - Anatole France
What you dream today will become your tomorrow…if after you finish dreaming it you wake up and turn it into a reality. Dreaming is necessary, it frames your thinking, but it’s not enough. You need to develop a step-by-step action plan to turn those dreams into reality.
5. Think Big
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” - Michelangelo
Think bigger! If I have a little cup, I can fill it with a little water; if I have a big cup, I can fill it with a lot of water. Your thinking is the cup that determines what you get out of life. Expand your thinking and you will expand your life.
“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” -Charles Swindoll
Life is about growth. The challenges of life, the seeming impossibilities are really just opportunities for you to grow. You need these challenges; how can you grow without a challenge? The challenges make you stronger, they make you better.
7. Be Determined
“The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed” - Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Og Mandino said, “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” Are you determined to succeed? Have you made up your mind? When you decide to succeed, when you cut-off all other options, when you’re determined to succeed, you will find a way to do it. So stay focused, success will be yours.
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