How To Transform Yourself For Success? (12 Steps To Take Today To Change Your Life)
Success doesn’t happen overnight.
There’s a lot of practicing and beliefs challenging taking place before one can make it and become successful.
Below are some ways inspired by the best-selling book “The Success Principles” by Jack Canfield, to transform yourself for success.
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- 1. Surround Yourself With Successful People.
- 2. Acknowledge Your Past Achievements.
- 3. Maintain Your Positive Focus.
- 4. Complete Your Incompletes.
- 5. Make Peace With Your Past And Embrace Your Future.
- 6. Face What Isn’t Working.
- 7. Embrace Change.
- 8. Ignore The Negative Self-Talk.
- 9. Challenge Your Limiting Beliefs.
- 10. Develop Four New Success Habits A Year.
- 11. Learn More To Earn More.
- 12. Fuel Your Success With Passion.
1. Surround Yourself With Successful People.
If you want to become successful, you need to free yourself from the negative influence of negative people and start spending time more time with successful people.
People who are always complaining, blaming others for their circumstances, judging others, and spreading negative gossip, can totally drain you of energy.
Avoid these people at all costs. You’re better off alone than spending time with people who will hold you back.
Make a conscious effort to surround yourself with positive and uplifting people. There many places where you can find successful people.
You can join a professional association, attend conferences, seminars, and courses, volunteer for leadership positions…
2. Acknowledge Your Past Achievements.
Acknowledging your past successes can significantly boost your self-esteem and build up your confidence to take on bigger risks.
However, we tend to remember our past mistakes and failure more than our past successes. We underappreciate the number of successes we’ve had in comparison to the number of failures we’ve had.
One way to counteract this way of thinking is to consciously celebrate your achievements. You can start by writing down a list of 10 achievements you’ve made in the past week. It might seem difficult for you to come up with this many successes.
In fact, even though we had many more successes than failures in our lives, we set the bar too high for what we call a success.
This makes it difficult to remember anything you did right in the past week, let alone in the past year.
Start with an inventory of your major successes such as getting a degree, a good job, publishing a book, starting your own business… then move on to the smaller successes such as a first summer job, getting an A in history class, getting married, getting your driver’s license, having your first child… aim to list 100 achievements.
3. Maintain Your Positive Focus.
Successful people are constantly proactive in the pursuit of their goals. They keep their eyes on the prize rather than all the distractions and obstacles that life presents to them.
A powerful way to remain focused on the positive is to set aside 30 minutes just before going to sleep to list your accomplishments, review your goals, and write down your to-do list for the next day.
Studies show that while you’re sleeping, your unconscious mind is replaying and processing your late-night input six times more than anything else that happened during the day. If you drift off to sleep while watching the news, images of war and crime would be imprinted into your consciousness.
This is why it’s important to read a self-development book or listing to inspirational audio before going to sleep.
Another powerful exercise to maintain your positive focus is visualizing your ideal next day after planning it. Visualize every call going well, every meeting starting and ending on time, all your tasks being completed.
See yourself performing at your best. This will make subconscious work all night on finding ways to meet your visualization.
4. Complete Your Incompletes.
In order to succeed at anything 6 steps are required to get the desired result; Decide, Plan, Start, Continue, Finish, and Complete.
However, often people get all the way through the finishing stage without completing whatever they’ve started, whether it was a project they left uncompleted or people they failed to get closure with.
When you have something left incomplete, it’s hard to fully embrace the present.
In fact, whatever you have ongoing, is taking some of your attention, leaving you with little attention to dedicate to completing present tasks and embracing new opportunities.
These incompletes are usually put off because of an emotional block. You might put off requests because you’re afraid to say no. You might avoid making a decision because it’s difficult or uncomfortable for you to decide upon that matter.
Whatever the reason might be, always ask yourself, “What does it take to actually get this task completed?”You have 4 options to deal with uncompleted tasks; Do it, Delegate it, Delay it, or Dump it. Whatever you have at hand, decide whether you’ll do anything with it. If not, dump it. If you can take care of it within 10 minutes, do it immediately.
If it’s going to take longer, delay it. If you don’t have to do it yourself, or you don’t want to do it, delegate it to someone who can do it best, and make sure that person reports back when he finishes the task so you know it’s complete.
5. Make Peace With Your Past And Embrace Your Future.
A corollary of the item above, it’s also important to release any past baggage that is weighing your down in order to move faster and succeed more easily.
Perhaps you’re holding on to your past hurts, anger, or incompletes. Releasing these anchors is essential in order to embrace your future.
Forgiving is a powerful way to move on from your past. Many reported that forgiving has helped them relieve physical pain like a migraine or chronic constipation.
Some even reported an increase in their productivity and income. In fact, resentment and anger can waste so much of your energy that could be devoted to working on your goals.
Whatever happened in the past, learn your lesson so you won’t repeat the same mistake again. Then, release it and forgive.
6. Face What Isn’t Working.
If you want to be successful, you need to start facing what isn’t working in your life. This means to stop ignoring how toxic your work environment is, how bad your marriage is, how excessive your weight has become…
Always pay attention to warning signs that something isn’t working. These signs can be things like your teen coming late again from school, an odd comment from more than one friend, a gut feeling…
Facing what’s not working in your life means you have to do acknowledge these sings.
Then, consciously, take the appropriate action no matter how uncomfortable it might be. Perhaps you need to exercise more self-discipline, confront someone, ask for what you want, facing your fear of not being liked, or even quit your job or get a divorce.
7. Embrace Change.
Change is inevitable. The world around you is changing every day, and unless you embrace change and choose to benefit from it, you’ll get run over by it.
Change is an opportunity for you to look for ways to make your life and work better and more fulfilling.
If you feel uncomfortable making a change, try to remember the changes you had to go through in the past. It might be a house move, a job transfer, or even your teenager going to college. If you were able to deal with it back then, then you can definitely deal with the current change.
8. Ignore The Negative Self-Talk.
Studies show that the average person talks to himself about 50,000 times a day and that 80% of these times are negative. Thoughts such as “They don’t like me,” or “I can’t do it,” not only have a negative effect on your self-esteem and confidence but also control your behavior and paralyze you when it comes to taking action on your goals.
The key to dealing with these negative thoughts is to realize that you’re in charge of whether to agree or not with the thought. Just because you think it, doesn’t mean it’s true.
Like a radio constantly playing in the background, you can choose to focus on what you’re doing here and now, while it broadcasts its negative stories.
You don’t have to fight it. Just ask yourself is this thought helpful in any way? Is it motivating me to take action? If not, then choose to focus on something else.
9. Challenge Your Limiting Beliefs.
Moving beyond our limiting beliefs about our own capabilities and what it takes to succeed, is an important first step toward reaching success. By identifying these limiting beliefs, you’ll be able to replace them with positive ones that will support your success.
A powerful way to start believing that you’re capable of success is observing others who had reached goals similar to yours, and considering all the recorded knowledge and the educational material available today teaching you how to reach your goal. If someone did it, then so can you.
10. Develop Four New Success Habits A Year.
Your habits determine the quality of your life, from your job and income to your relationships and health.
This is why it’s important to change your bad habits (watching too much TV, smoking, eating fast food every day, procrastinating, arriving late for meeting and appointments, spending more than you earn…) and in their place establish habits that are going to support your success and personal growth (getting 8 hours of quality sleep every night, reading for an hour every day, exercising at least three times a week, saving 10% of your income…).
Start identifying the bad habits in your life and figure out a way to replace them with good ones. Then develop a system that will help support these new habits.
For example, if you want to start reading more, go to bed 1 hour earlier and set your alarm ahead. These small, seemingly insignificant good habits completed consistently, over time, will create a radical difference.
11. Learn More To Earn More.
Knowledge can give you a tremendous advantage over other people who don’t have it. One hour every day of reading in your field, or attending classes and training programs regularly can be enough to give you the knowledge you need to succeed.
In 2017 alone, an average U.S. consumer spent 238 minutes (3h 58min) daily watching TV. This is to say that, despite claiming that they have no time, people actually have enough time to learn and attend classes.
Cutting out 1 hour of television a day can create enough time to get through 66 books a year (assuming book lengths average out to 90,000 words). Another way to learn is through audio material. In fact, the average person commutes 1 hour every day.
You can use this time to listen to an audiobook that will give you the knowledge you need to excel in any area of your life.
Life is constantly changing and new information is growing at a whirlwind speed. This is why you need to commit yourself to lifelong learning.
12. Fuel Your Success With Passion.
Passion is what provides the continual focus and energy you need to reach your goals and succeed.
This passion is what makes people fully committed to their work, and eager to get up in the morning and get started. This passion comes from within, from doing something you love. If you love what you’re doing, then success is guaranteed.
The first thing you need to do to develop this passion, is to ask yourself “Am I doing what I love to do?” If the answer is no, then figure out what would rather do. Imagine you have enough money that you don’t have to work another day in your life, what would you to with your day? What is the most thing that makes you feel fulfilled and happy?
If you think that you’re not skilled enough to do what you love to do, then start educating yourself and learning the skills you need. Start doing it on the side while maintaining your current job.
To Sing A Deeper Song:
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- 7 Proven Ways to Set Goals and Achieve Them
- How To Avoid Burnout And Increase Your Productivity
- 10 Ways to Boost Your Productivity: How to Accomplish More & Have More Time
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Portions of this article were adapted from the book The Success Principles(TM) by Jack Canfield. All rights reserved.