How to Develop a Winning Attitude
What does it take in our everyday lives to be successful?
In order to evaluate this question it is first necessary to
understand what "success" is and what all successful people
have in common. It is probably safe to assume that anyone
reading this article wants to be successful. However, only
5% of the population will ever reach their potential for all
activities, 95% of the people will never truly be successful.
By definition, success is the realization of a worthy deal.
Success is different for every individual. For some people,
an annual income of $25,000 would be a success, for another
it may be $125,000. Whatever it may be for you, there are
5 characteristics that you must have in common with other
successful people in order to achieve true success.
Goals are the single most important factor in achieving success.
Without a realistic goal, how will you ever know when you
have reached your success level. All successful people set
goals. All goals must be realistic, short term, measurable
and obtainable within the bounds of your own perception. As
time passes, your goals can always be adjusted upward to reach
your ultimate goal of success. However, if your initial goal
is to be worth $1,000,000 by the year end and you are currently
only worth $100,000 with an annual income of $50,000 a year
and this is November, you most likely will never be able to
reach it and therefore, it is unrealistic. Biting off a job
in small portions makes the eventual achievement of the total
task seem easier and manageable. All successful people constantly
set goals, re-evaluate their goals and scale them upward toward
even greater accomplishments.
A positive attitude is the second factor that successful people
have in common. I have never met a truly successful person
who I would consider a "self made" success that did not have
a positive attitude. These people relate to the world on a
positive basis. They always look for the "can do" not the
"can not do" side of every situation. "If you think you can
or if you think you can't, you're right." All successful people
truly believe not only in themselves, but in the reality of
their goals. A positive attitude is contagious and when it
is sincere, the people with whom you come in contact will
relate to you and your activities with a vitality and positive
attitude that causes a winning, successful environment.
The truth is always best to deal with for several reasons,
not the least important of which is that it is always the
easiest to remember. If you are going to be successful, you
will not have time, energy and ability to remember untruths,
or lies that you have told people. This consumes valuable
energy and detracts from the power needed to run a successful
life. The truth is easy to remember and generally, in the
long term, easier to deal with. True winners are always ready
to face the truth in situations and handle things as they
deal with them on a timely basis and then proceed to get on
with the business of running a successful, prosperous life.
Never having to back track to cover up problem areas.
Research and Development in today's society have become extremely
important to all major corporations. This is where all new
products and ideas evolve. Successful individuals have always
understood this principal on a personal level and they constantly
strive to improve their own abilities through such methods
as formal educational systems, seminars, reading books, listening
to ideas the thoughts of others, and in any manner that presents
itself to them. Successful people truly believe they can improve
themselves and constantly strive to seek methods and means
that will help them accomplish this task. They also know that
there is a price to pay for this success and the return on
investment is sometimes great and sometimes small, but that
the return without the investment is always the same "0".
"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable
reason why so few engage in it." -Henry Ford
Man's ability over all other creatures on this Earth is the
ability to think. All successful people use this talent to
improve their lives and control their own destiny. Only you
can take the initial step toward the unleashing of the power
within your own mind. The power is awesome and at times can
be frightening. However, man has abilities of the mind that
many people can not or would not believe. Anthony Robbins
has recently written a book entitled "Unlimited Power" which
explains in simple terms the theories of Neuro Linguistic
Programming, the power of the mind and how to gain control
and use it'll was originally developed by John Grinder and
Richard Bandler as a communication system using the central
nervous system. Through this system Mr. Robbins has put forth
a complete outline on how to unleash your "performance power"
and achieve goals that before you probably felt were impossible.
The first step in using your true mental abilities is understanding
what Mr. Robbins refers to as the seven triggering mechanisms
that is sure success.
1. Passion - All truly successful people such as Lee Iacocca
have a driving force within them that sets them apart from
others. A desire, an energy that gives them the fuel to reach
their true potential. This force is a part of them 24 hours
a day, seven days a week. It never subsides. Their total existence
is sustained for the fulfillment of their goals. The passion
within this individual to achieve has been so deeply implanted,
that their mental power is driven by this force and will not
let them do anything other than achieve.
2. Belief - "They can because they think they can"-Virgil.
You will only make $100,000 this year if you first believe
you can. If you do not believe you can you are telling yourself
you want it, but it is truly not obtainable. The truth of
life is that man's limits are self imposed by what the mind
is given to believe. If you expand your belief of your own
abilities, you will also expand your true realm of accomplishment.
A man of whom all are aware, lived his life with adversity,
but he constantly believed he could achieve.
Failed in business at age 31
Was defeated in a legislative race at age 32
Failed again in business at age 34
Overcome death of sweetheart at age 35
Had a nervous breakdown at age 36
Lost an election at age 38
Lost a congressional race at age 43
Lost a congressional race at age 46
Lost a congressional race at age 48
Lost a Senatorial race at age 55
Failed to become Vice President at age 56
Lost a Senatorial race at age 58
Elected President of the United States at age 60
With all the adversity that faced him, President Abraham Lincoln
had no reason to continually try other than the fact that
he believed it was his destiny and measure of success to accomplish
"Man is what he believes" -Anton Checkhov
3. Strategy - A strategy is your game plan of life. The road
map you will use to accomplish your goals, ambitions and desires.
Just to believe you can earn $100,000 a year is not enough,
you must design a strategy that gives your life direction
and navigates you toward success. The key to strategy is to
design a proper strategy to achieve your success without the
detours of life, to find the shortest distance between two
4. Clarity of Values - Man must first determine which things
in life are most valuable to him. He must determine his feeling
about such things as patriotism, pride, love, freedom, excellence,
ownership and tolerance. These are values in society, the
moral, ethical and fundamental judgments that we, as individuals,
deem important. Without a clear system of values for ourselves,
it is impossible to believe in something with a passion that
has no value to us. Once we have established our individual
value system we are then able to determine how we can achieve
success based on our priority of values. What must we five
up in one hand to accomplish what we desire on the other.
Without a value system we can never move forward for we may
be trading without increasing our potential for success.
5. Energy - Without the physical vitality to take action,
nothing would ever come of our system to this point. The passion
could build, our belief of accomplishment could be overwhelming,
we could have the best strategy or map to achieve the ultimate
value for our own life, but if not for taking the first step,
nothing could ever be accomplished. Great success cannot be
separated from physical, spiritual and mental energy that
allows us, compels us, to accomplish the most with what we
have to work with. Physical energy comes from the strength
of the body itself fueled by our intake of nourishment. It
is therefore important that we fuel our engine with premium
fuel (good eating habits), not low grade regular (junk food).
Our spiritual and intellectual energy evolves from our environment
and it is therefore important that we assess our own personal
environment to maximize the energy that we can obtain.
6. Bonding Power - We have all known people that have exhibited
the ability to get along with anyone and everyone. The ability
to be a chameleon is truly the ability to connect with and
bond with others. The ability to build rapport. Being able
to deal with others as Mr. Robbins says "To effectively communicate,
we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive
the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication
with others." To be able to understand the...
7. Mastery of Communication - To take charge and run your
own mind. To learn the techniques of NLP and no longer allow
our mind to run our lives, but rather take charge of our own
mental abilities and cause them to work for our own accomplishment
"There is only one Success - to be able to spend your life
in your own way."
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