Five Secrets of Success Everyone Should Know

By Catherine Jeans in Success on August 10th, 2008 / No Comments

Why is it that some people in life are always successful at whatever they set out to do, whereas others get left behind struggling in dead end jobs or unhappy life situations?  The truth is success isn’t something that just happens to people.  It isn’t a question of being lucky.  People don’t just stumble on a million dollars.

The majority of successful people have several key traits in common that guarantee they achieve their dreams.  They have discovered the secrets to creating the life they want, secrets which anyone can implement to create the future they desire. For them, there is no other reality than their goals coming to fruition – pure and simply they ARE a success because they actively project it in every part of their being.

Success Secret One: Set your goals

Setting and writing down goals is like creating a map to your dream destination. You have never lived this life before, you don’t know where it will take you, what is going to happen or what lessons you have yet to learn.  But by creating your own goal map you will achieve a sense of direction and a pathway taking you where you want to go.

Goal setting is one of the most essential ingredients for success.  Without it your life will end up drifting with the current, even going round in circles or leading you to places you don’t want to be.  By writing down your goals in an achievable and positive way, you can become truly aware and conscious of where you are going and force your subconscious mind to accept those goals as if they are already reality.

Success Secret Two: Project positivity
Understanding the Law of Attraction is essential for anyone hoping to manifest their dreams.  What this universal law means is that everything that’s happening in your life right now, as well as what’s still to come, you are attracting to you.  The images and thoughts you project in your conscious mind over and over on a daily basis eventually reach your subconscious mind and attract the situations and events to you that create that reality.

Constant negative and pessimistic thoughts such as, I am going to miss out on that promotion, my boss hates me, no one will believe in me, my wife is cheating on me, end up filtering into your subconscious mind and attract the events that cause that reality.  It’s important to reframe your being and continually project positivity to ensure what you truly desire comes to you.

Success Secret Three: Visualize your success
Your mind is a powerful instrument which connects you to your higher self and all the creative forces of the universe.  By spending time every day visualizing yourself your future, when your dreams and goals have become a reality, you can make your subconscious mind believe that reality is fact.  Positive visualization also prevents negativity about your goals from creeping into your mind and stops you from being knocked off your goal path.

When you take time out for visualization, it’s important to create a mental picture that includes every little detail – use every sense to feel, taste, smell, see and hear what is going on around you.  Imagine walking through the front door of your new house, looking around you, smelling the luxurious furniture and hearing the peace and tranquillity of the location.  Or sitting in the board room as director of your own company, seeing all your colleagues around you, smelling the coffee your assistant is pouring.   By spending at least 15 minutes every day creating positive images in this way will keep you on the path to success and create the reality you’ve always dreamed of.

Success Secret Four: Never give up… even when times are tough!
For the most successful people on the planet, failure is not an option.  When times are hard, it’s tempting to change your goals or give up completely, with feelings that the world is against you or there is some obstacle or person getting in your way.  It’s time to stop playing the victim and take responsibility for your own life.  Wallowing in bad times is the worst move you can make.

It’s during the tough times that real achievers show their true colours, because of their unwillingness to give up and their hard work and sheer determination.  This persistence drives them on through the storm, keeps them afloat as the huge waves of the stormy sea try to drag them under.  It is this persistence which allows them to keep their goals in sight.  Constant positive goal affirmation is what keeps them on a path to success and proves to be a life raft during the most challenging times.

Success Secret Five: Don’t be afraid to be different!
Successful people are true to themselves, unafraid to break the mould and believe in who and what they are.  Throughout our lives, we will hear time and again, that’s not how things are done, or no one will understand or believe in your idea!  Did that stop the likes of Henry Ford or Coco Chanel?

Chanel was a pioneering French designer, named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of all time.  She dared to be different and this ended up being the secret of her success.  She once said, “people laughed at the way I dressed.  I didn’t look like anyone… but in order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”  It was with her cutting edge and unique designs enabled her to create one of the most successful fashion houses in history and one of the world’s most recognisable brands.

In the same way, you too can find your own success by discovering who you are and what you are good at.  There’s no point deciding to be a top medical doctor if you can’t understand or don’t like human anatomy.  Take time out for self reflection and think about what skills and traits you have that make you truly unique.

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