I have identified some fundamental principles of success that are worth practicing. By fundamental, I mean, basic success nuggets; there are a host of others beyond these ones!
1. Practice Gratitude: Come to think about it, we are mostly ungrateful! At least, I am most of the time (you need to hear me grumbling, complaining, blaming…even being unhappy!). It’s difficult to be grateful when we are going through difficulty but there’s no other way out than to practice gratitude! Acts 16:25 ‘And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them’.
The Law of Attraction states that you will get more of what you focus on! So what are you focusing on? What you have or what you don’t?
“Unto him that has, more will be given”… Be grateful!
2. Practice Possibility thinking: Possibility thinking is simply FAITH! Just believe. Whatever at all God has laid on your heart for good is possible! ‘For with God, nothing shall be impossible’ – Luke 1:37
- The likes of Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King believed they could change the status quo of oppression by government through PEACEFUL demonstrations. They didn’t believe in violence.
- James Cameron started writing Avatar in 1995. At that time, it was technically impossible to do what he wanted to do! Not until the year 2000 did it become feasible to get the computer graphics right and capture actual performance by actors and actresses in simulated computer generated characters.
Never tell anyone, that their dreams, goals or aspirations are impossible. ‘Cos, God may have just been waiting for someone stupid, ignorant or naïve enough to get it done!
3. Practice Persistence: It’s been said that nothing good or worthwhile comes easy. Nobody said becoming successful in life (marriage, career, anything at all) was going to be easy. And if they did, they probably weren’t telling the whole story!
Malcom Gladwell in this book ‘The Outliers’ surmised that it takes 7 years to become proficient at anything to the point of success. I’m inclined to agree. This is buttressed by something I read about Olympians. According to Jack Canfield (in his book, The success Principles) quoting John Troup (USA Today), the average Olympian trains 4 hours a day at least 310 days a year for 6 years before succeeding!
How long have you been on that business or venture? Is it up to 7 years? Can you remember the vision you had when you started out? (here’s where that written down list of goals comes handy!). Maybe, just maybe, you should hold on a little longer…
Winners never quit, Quitters never win!
4. Practice Perseverance: Perseverance means steady persistence in a course of action or purpose, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement.
Please persevere. Keep at it (your goals). Put your mind and might into it. Pain is only temporary but the benefits last forever. Ask any mother who has grown up (responsible) children!
Why are you crying? Persevere my dear friend!
You have probably heard about how many times Abraham Lincoln ‘failed’ before eventually becoming the 16th president of the United States. A probably less known fact is that Lincoln bought a store at the age of 23 but was so unsuccessful at the venture that he ended up owing $1000 for loans he and his partner took out! However, it is said that Lincoln paid back every last penny of the $1000 loan. It took him 17 years to do so. – See more at: http://itthing.com/25-facts-about-abraham-lincoln#sthash.dpOWwPlc.dpuf
‘Whatever doesn’t kill me can only make me stronger! And, every problem has an expiry date!’
5. Practice the Rule of 5:This is a simple way to ensure focused, consistent action. A sure ingredient for success in any undertaking! If you took an axe and went to a targeted tree (a.k.a your success goal) and took 5 swings at it daily, what will eventually happen? Your guess is as good as mine! Contrast that with taking a few swings at different trees over time! Or equally worse, taking 20 swings today, none tomorrow (because of fatigue from today’s overwork!), 3 the day after, 1 the next … You’ll agree with me, the chances of successfully cutting down a single tree (goal achievement) are quite slim!
Do 5 things consistently (daily/weekly or monthly) towards the achievement of your goals!
6. Practice PUSH: I am a firm believer in the efficacy of prayer. Prayer is surrender to God and affirmation of His omnipresence, omnipotence and omniscience. God hears and answers prayer. It is just that the answer may not be quite what we wanted! However, be rest assured, whatever God does is for the best!
Pray until something happens!