Have you ever wondered what it take to achieve overwhelming success in life?
Like everyone, you have a unique definition of success, based on your personality.
However you envision an ideal life, it requires a certain measure of effort. Although a standard formula for success doesn’t exist, there are common denominators in the equation that apply to everyone.
5 Keys to Overwhelming Success In Life
Below, I’ve gone through and explained 5 simple, yet incredible, keys to help you achieve the life of your dreams. Enjoy the read, and don’t forget to share the article with any ambitious friends of yours.
1. Clarify what success means to you
Many people think of attainment in terms of possessions. But objects are merely symbols of what’s important to you. Success results from fulfilling endeavors.
What activities give you contentment, confidence, and security? The answers will pinpoint your passions and strengths. They will also help identify your “calling” or purpose in life.
A 2015 article in Entrepreneur aptly describes your personal mission. It’s the activity that connects your foremost ability with the needs of others. Your calling is an occupation that comes easily to you. To determine your ideal vocation, ask yourself these questions:
- What do I enjoy?
- What aptitudes do I possess?
- What skills do I have?
- What do people need?
Let’s take a moment to differentiate between aptitudes and skills. An aptitude is an inherent talent while a skill is a learned ability. You have both! In a notebook, write down your answers to the above questions. They point the way to a fulfilling vocation.
To illustrate each key, we’ll use a practical example. For this first point, defining success, let’s consider hypothetical answers to the above questions:
- I enjoy planning events.
- I’m inherently organized, creative, and analytical.
- I’m skilled at persuasion, communication, and collaboration.
- People need non-profit organizations.
These responses describe a person who would succeed as a public administrator and leader of a nonprofit organization.
2. Practice Creative Visualization
Your mental picture of achievement is more important than any methods. Your clear image attracts everything you need for actualization. Your mind works like a magnet!
This assertion forms the basis of creative visualization, which is the exciting practice of inwardly seeing yourself as having realized your goal. Many celebrities have used creative visualization as a stepping stone to prosperity.
Among them are Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, and Jim Carrey. A 2015 article in MindBodyGreen cites eight famous practitioners.
To practice creative visualization:
- Schedule 15 minutes each day to picture your ideal scenario. Choose a convenient, quiet time when you won’t be interrupted.
- Close your eyes, and picture your aspiration in present tense.
- Involve all your senses. What are you doing, seeing, hearing, and feeling? Observe the scene from inside your body rather than as a spectator watching yourself. Enliven your image with colors, textures, and scents. Now, infuse it with enthusiasm!
- Conclude your session with affirmations, verifying your attainment.
Let’s use our example of a fundraiser. Picture yourself attending a corporate luncheon where you’re canvassing for monetary support. See yourself speaking with a board member of Kohl’s, a retail giant that donates money to charity.
Hear yourself describing the non-profit you’re promoting, Feeding America. Explain your proposal of a contribution of $250. Feel the joy of hearing the sponsor pledge $500, twice the amount you suggested.
See the smile on your supervisor’s face when you share the good news! Now, affirm to yourself, “I love helping the disadvantaged as a fundraiser!”
3. Get Educated
A formal education equips you with the knowledge, skills, tools, and credibility to work in your desired field. It develops the competence and confidence to excel. Consequently, you’ll communicate better, learn time management, and become a crackerjack problem solver!
Additionally, statistics reveal that the higher your level of education, the greater your income will likely be. In 2015, adults with bachelor’s degrees earned roughly 50 percent more than high school grads.
Citing our fundraiser example, higher education opens doors to more job opportunities. A master’s in public administration with a field internship teaches students how to acquire fundraising contacts, making them more employable.
The road to accomplishment includes hurdles, obstacles, and detours. However, they needn’t derail you. A positive attitude and determination will keep you on track.
How is perseverance expressed? You resolve to continue your pursuit despite disappointment. You meet challenges head-on. When plans get diverted, you try to be flexible.
To stay fired up, regularly fuel the passion you have for your goal. Network with others who’ve accomplished what you desire. Read accounts of successful people. Also, recall what you’ve already attained. A helpful resource is documenting your achievements in a journal.
When you hit a bump in the road, read your past victories to remain inspired.
While trying to persevere, don’t fear failure. Every so-called “mistake” offers a valuable lesson. In fact, seen in a positive light, each blooper is a learning experience. If you’re downcast, a collection of encouraging quotes will supercharge your spirit.
Here are some to get you started:
- “Everything you desire is just on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield
- “There’s no failure except in quitting.” – Chris Bradford
- “Use failure as a stepping stone. Shut the door on the past. Dwelling on mistakes only saps your good energy.” – Johnny Cash
Now, let’s consider perseverance in the context of our example. A professional fundraiser loses a potential donation by being too aggressive. After briefly mourning the loss, he or she simply resolves to be less forceful next time.
5. Live by the laws of prosperity
Over time, money as a sole motivator for working loses its allure. Still, you need an income to survive. Practicing the laws of prosperity keeps a healthy amount of wealth at your disposal.
Here are six primary principles:
1. Law of Vacuums
When you hoard possessions, you block what you need from entering your life. Being a “pack rat” diverts potential avenues of abundance. Reverse a vacuum by giving away unneeded belongings.
2. Law of Circulation
Selfishness causes the river of well-being to stagnate. Generosity keeps goodness flowing back to you. Giving takes many forms besides currency.
Examples are holding an elevator for another passenger and encouraging a hurting friend. A fundraiser working under the auspices of this law is sure to be rewarded.
3. Law of Imaging
Creative visualization exemplifies this precept. What you picture in your mind eventually manifests in your life.
4. Law of Ideas
This is the use of creativity to help others.
5. Law of Reciprocity
An exchange principle, reciprocity is repaying a favor. This habit protects you from social debts.
6. Law of Forgiveness
When you can’t overlook shortcomings, you lose clarity and focus. The emotional baggage you amass is distracting, preventing progress. Leaving pain in the past clears your mind and conserves energy.
Now you have five practical ways to obtain success. By using your good fortune to benefit others, your needs will be bountifully met. You can trust in the justice of this universal law. Now, set your sights on guaranteed success!