The 5 Fierce Secrets to Success & Happiness
If you are looking for happiness, satisfaction and fulfillment in business & life there are 5 key secrets that all have to do with how you feel about yourself.
The 1st secret is self esteem. Self respect will keep a man from being hopeless or weak when he is the in the midst of a storm. If a man feels good about himself, he won’t run from difficulties, problems, fear or frustrations. And, it will allow him to feel that he might have hope when the whole world is against him.
It’s interesting that how one feels on the inside for the most part produces what they are able to accomplish on the outside. The truest measure of a man’s success or a woman’s success is hidden to his/her clients. It’s all about the inside beliefs and feelings, which is that self-respect, that self-image.
A person can only grow as much as his vision and dreams allow. You must always believe that you are a champion. That’s really the gift of that sustaining mindset of a healthy outlook on the future.
The 2nd secret is a clear purpose on why success is important. Thomas Carlisle says that of all the paths a man can strike into, there is, at any given moment, a best path. A thing which, here and now, it were of all things wisest of all things to do. To find this path and to walk in it, this is the one thing needful for him.
When we look at entrepreneurs, business owners and sales people that continually become record setters, it is because they continually realize the purposefulness in why they do what they do. Coaching session after coaching session I have clients tell me that everything started to happen as soon as they became clear on their vision, purpose and passion. A friend of mine, Gary Zelesky “Z-man” says “Your passion for life will determine your position in life”. When it’s all said and done you need a why, why am I doing it all, once you find your “why”, the rest will fall into place. Washington Irving said “great minds have purposes, others have wishes”. Now, would rather be known as a great mind or a wishful mind?
The 3rd secret is a vision for the future. Bob Call said “Guido the plumber and Michael Angelo obtained their marble from the same quarry; but what each saw in the marble made the difference between a noble man’s sink and a brilliant sculpture”. So, one guy is building a sink and one’s making a sculpture with the same marble. Just look at life and you look at business and everybody pretty much has the same resources. But, it is this limitless thinking, it’s a belief and it’s a confidence about what you do with those resources that creates the final toil. You are only limited by how big you can dream.
My fear and my frustration for so many businesses and people is that they don’t know what’s around the corner. They are just winging it and trying to get there with sheer work, no plan, no vision. Where is it that you and your business are going? What’s your vision?
If you operate your business by just winging it you will get whatever level of results that the environment allows.
But yet, we have all been given the ability of thinking. All we have to do is ask our brain, our subconscious mind – where is it that I want to be? Where is it that I want to take this purpose, this passion and what I’m good at?
The 4th secret is demanding goals. Once you get clear on your vision the next step is to set a road map to it- this is your demanding goals. I say demanding because going to get your car oil changed is not a goal it’s a task. A goal is something that is otherwise difficult to do. I think too often times goals are just set without a sense of reason, without a sense purpose, without a sense of why, clearly without a sense of vision. Many people set goals on January first just to have those goals abandoned by the end of January. In act, I heard a statistic that the average number of days that a New Years Resolution stays in place is 17. Now is that a real demanding goal?
There are a lot of people that won’t sign up for goal setting. I will tell you that there is no such thing as success without setting demanding goals unless you want to go to Vegas.
The 5th secret is commitment to seeking wisdom. Henry Adams said – “they know enough who know how to learn. Becoming successful does not happen without knowledge.”
The idea that we know it all is a false idea. The idea that we are learning is a correct analysis. In order to take your business and your life to a new level, you have to learn. This is probably one of the most important things that we can get a grasp on.
A great question to ask yourself is: Do I have a plan for learning? What is my personal growth program? What am I doing to proactively increase the areas of my business and life that I know I don’t know. And there is even the area that you don’t even know you don’t know- this is where you need an outside mentor, coach or advisor to help you discover your blind spots.
You avoid mistakes by intentional learning. You learn from mistakes if you don’t have intentional learning. So, we all need and should desire to get a hold of that concept.
King Solomon said – wisdom is the principal thing, therefore… Get wisdom!
Wisdom is a verb, it requires action. We’ve got to go out and we’ve got to seek it. Seeking it is something that is very important. So, let’s go get it!