Success is something that is made up of a sturdy foundation—built with basic steps that anyone may implement. Whilst success may seem to evade the greater population—it is available to each of us equally.
Failing to plan is planning to fail; therefore, one of the fundamental requirements of success is to research and plan carefully.
Fear is the enemy of success. If we think ‘perhaps I will not make it’, then that is exactly what will happen! Shifting our thoughts to positive affirmations (such as: “Through diligent research and planning I Am successful”) and combining this with positive action in the form of research and planning, will begin to form a sturdy foundation for success.
Whilst our family and friends and the bloke at the local Pub may mean well, they are rarely the people to be asking advice regarding your plans—simply because although they think they have good advice, in reality, unless they have actually achieved what it is that you are aiming for, they are generally going to give misleading advice, and often put you down and leave you feeling flat about your dreams.
If you want to know about finance, then study it, or speak to someone who is successful in this area. The same goes for asking advice about any particular business area—always find Mentors who actually excel in that field! If you want to start a cleaning company, speak to the three best operators in this field. You will be surprised how many people are willing to give their time and advice. You see, asking someone for their advice makes them feel important.
Whilst it is great to have a positive attitude and to seek out mentors, this in itself will lead nowhere. The word “karma” means “action” and it is physical action that is required in order to ensure success. In essence, it is the combination of seeking, learning and application of knowledge acquired.
That said, a wise man once said to me, “Poor people work hard and successful people work smart” – so consider this statement carefully as you plan a life of success. It may be that you work hard for a few years and then through diligent study of cash flow and the market you are dealing in, you should be able to delegate to others, meaning that you will have more time to spend with family, enjoying hobbies and spiritual practice if that takes your fancy.
As each day progresses on your road to success, you will encounter both personal negative thoughts and a myriad of negative statements and opinions from others. To negate such from others, be careful who you associate with and tell your plans to. When you wish to share your plans, it is best to stick with positive, inspiring mentors—generally not friends and family, unless of course they are successful and inspiring.
The second aspect of a success equation is to ensure that you continually keep your thoughts in check. The ancient adage: “What you think is!” is the most important statement to contemplate when you are on the path to success. Keep thoughts positive, inspired, intentional and above all loving.
The final aspect of success is love. This means that as you take each stride on your path to success, you must not step on other people. In effect you must be selfless as opposed to selfish. Your path to success must be paved with ideas that assist “the greater good of all humanity” not just your “selfish pursuits”.
Whilst the conversation thus far has been about business and entrepreneurial success, ‘true success’ encompasses a number of other elements. Are we becoming successful at the detriment of our personal relationships? This can be dealt with via careful time management and delegation. Whilst it is easy to think “I will just work eighteen hours a day, seven days a week for a few years – and then I will have time to spend with the family”, this kind of thinking does not allow for the Grace of God which only travels through the conduit of love.
We may ‘feel’ loving with our hardworking intentions; nonetheless, if we neglect our family and other relationships we plant seeds for destruction in our future – for example we are likely to become sick through overworking and we will find that our family and friends become a disjointed part of our life. Conversely, if we plan carefully and take time out with family and friends, as well as time out for our personal spiritual self, then we will find that the Universe (or God actually) will conspire to assist our business to flow in a manner whereby we achieve as much or more than through fanatical work practices.