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How to be successful in business - an easy guide to work with daily

Updated on October 19, 2011

Learn how to become a success in life

In order to be successful in life, we need to constantly examine the principles that determine one persons success and another persons failure.

Here, we will run through a few of these techniques and principles of success, to enable you to fine tune your road to optimum achievement in all aspects of your life and business.

There have been many a study carried out on successful people in the last century like Donald Trump,Alan Sugar, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill,Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and many others who have contributed to their fields of expertise.

Most people can recall the statement made by Thomas Edison, " Why he kept failing to make the incandescent light bulb work" his reply being " I never failed, I merely found 1000 ways to not make it work."

This brings us to our first principle of successful people...

The Principle of Perseverance

It has often been said that the difference between success and failure is the point at which you determine that something will not work or happen in your favor.

By simply learning to shift your threshold for accepting defeat, will often lead to a turn of positive events occurring as you learn that perseverance in most goals that you set, plans that you make and tasks that you undertake, inadvertently determines who will remain in the top 10% in their respective fields and careers and who will never manage to overcome the obstacles in their path.

Before we go into goals, plans and tasks, let's look a little bit into the power of the positive attitude.

Positive Mental Attitude

Some folks will say that "All good things come to those who wait" and others will say that "Our lives are already mapped out to follow a predetermined path."

Then there are other folks who strive for success by refusing to accept that life simply unfolds to a plan of fate. The positive minded individuals that we should be striving to be will into this category.

The main difference in these groups of people is their attitude to life. If we recognize that according to cognitive behavioral analysis, our actions are determined by our thoughts alone and a small percentage to natural reaction, we should then easily believe that maintaining a positive mental attitude will allow our actions to follow the path to success.

This brings us to the power of thought and the subconscious mind...

The power of thought and the subconcious mind

Now, without going off on a tangent and sounding like hocus pocus, we will take a basic look at how this relates to being successful in life.

The most successful people in the world allocate a minimum of 15 minutes per day to sit in a quiet environment and think of new ideas, solutions to problems and even just events that have transpired to see if there are any similarities that resulted in positive outcomes or new ways they can use to approach a problem. It is useless, as we know, to keep doing the same thing and expecting different results - this is the definition of insanity.

So, if we have tried all other options and avenues available to us, would it not stand to reason to try something different entirely. This is why the successful people find it hard to explain a formula or method for their thinking. It is merely the power of conditioning your mind to react in a specific way to all situations and create a more beneficial effect as a result of all the supporting principles you use on a daily basis.

Let go through some of these principles for use daily...

So far, we have determined that perseverance is essential to success in life. We have also agreed that a positive mental attitude is the only way to approach your goals and plan for success.

Definiteness of Purpose

Definiteness of purpose is the point at which you need to have a simple yet efficient plan to work towards. Without a minimal general direction to head in, the point of becoming successful remains aimless. How will you know if you have reached success without something to compare your results to.

If you can not establish what your absolute aim in life is, in order to classify yourself a success, then do not even start.

Everything starts here.

Grab a piece of paper and a pencil or open a blank word document and lets start to formulate your plan.

If you are a sales person, try to set targets in terms of the values and work with months.If you are in another industry, try and work with the values that are applicable to your goal setting. So far this seems rather normal to most people. the difference this time is you are going to be honest with yourself and force your self to stick to your plan you write.

Right lets start. I want you to sit and picture the end result first. Let us say for example sake that your aim and definite purpose for the next 4 months is to reach $ 20 000 or whatever number or currency you want to work with.Go for a little more than your best month or similar to your best month.

I will use a real estate agent for this example to give you ideas on the process.

The agent has real estate listings as their sales stock. Make a list of your stock and calculate what you would need to sell in order to meet the $ 20 000 target. You can now clearly see what you will need to sell in order to meet the target you have set. This is reality.

You now have the direction needed to make the sales a reality. Now break it down even further.

Every sales person has at some time had successful sales, but may have had more that have not been successful. We know what is needed for each sale to take place. Now make those events part of your plan whilst still working backwards to the starting point of your plan. Keep breaking it down in to small achievable events and tasks that are all headed towards your main purpose. If you lose sight of this aim, you will start to procrastinate, so make sure this plan is read and re-read every day to remind yourself of where you are heading.

This plan will form the backbone of your plan to success. The key is to remain dedicated to your plan because you formed it yourself and it has been tested and proven to by yourself in past sales that have succeeded. The idea is that you have put all these successful factors into a repetitive plan for your mind to follow so that these thoughts become constant actions.

The most important factor of successful people

It is one thing to backtrack from the desired result and calculate the path needed to be followed in order to reach the successful target, but it is another thing to maintain the positive frame of mind and stick to the plan.

The second most important factor of successful people is the dissatisfaction they experience with their current achievements. Once you have experienced the results that these efforts create for you, you will be more in tune with the means to achieve these results and redefine your plan every month as you hone your skills.

In Conclusion

It is imperative that you spend at least 15 minutes every day reviewing your plan as a reminder of your goal of success. Success is not for lazy people.Its as simple as that.

Being in a quiet place and allowing answers, ideas and suggestions to flow into your subconcious for consideration is a fantastic way to identify the right ways to adopt your next actions for your plan towards success. In most cases, that little voice that helps you decide on your actions, has the answers. It is up to you to decide how much you want to succeed in life and business, that determines how much effort you put into these success principles.

Stay tuned for more ideas you can test towards your success.

Thanks for reading and voting.



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    • Dale Nelson profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Nelson 

      7 years ago from South Africa


      It is difficult to write everything into one articel so I agree it seems repetitive, but over the next few weeks I will be adding the chapters on some more info which will link through from with the main article.

      Thanks for reading though.

    • Cathleena Beams profile image

      Cathleena Beams 

      7 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Great insights on success. It usually doesn't just happen as a result of good luck. Lots of work is normally involved. Thanks for sharing your wisdom here on HubPages.

    • Cyndi10 profile image

      Cynthia B Turner 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thoughts become actions. Shows up over and over along with perseverance. It's not easy being successful, but so worth it at the end of the day. Thanks for writing.


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