A to Z list for long-lasting extraordinary success

Goalkeeper catching a soccer ballAuthor Joseph Murphy wrote in his best-selling book The Power of Your Subconscious Mind that: “Success means successful living. A long period of peace, joy, and happiness… may be termed success…. There is no true success without peace of mind.” I agree with him.

Some believe financial wealth equals success. People can have plenty of money, but still be unhappy, worried and fearful, so how successful are they really?

Financial wealth is just one aspect of success, and wealth isn’t necessarily essential to be successful. It is possible to have a modest amount of money, yet be happy, healthy, and succeeding in life and relationships. We can be a success at work, parenting, being a friend and team mate… We might be successful in some areas of our lives, but other areas need a boost.

I’ve compiled an A to Z list of key “links” that create a “success chain”. Each “link” is an important ingredient for success. Weak links undermine the strength of the chain, which can weaken and break, so undermine our success. Strengthen each link for a super strong success chain.

Got ideas for the list? Write them in the comments section. If they are reasonable and realistic, they’ll be added to the list.

Take Action – we can think and talk about success as much as we want, but nothing is achieved without Action.
Be Adaptable. Change is part of life; it’s how we handle change that determines whether we rise or fall.
Read or think positive Affirmations often – as you think, so you become.
Have a positive Attitude and Aim to be the best.
Accept that loss is part of life, some plans might not turn out well despite doing our best, and so on.

Believe in yourself, that you can achieve your goals, and you deserve to achieve.
Boost others’ confidence, self-esteem…. Don’t push others down to boost your own success. Everyone has the right to succeed, and there is enough success for all of us. Boost others and we Boost ourselves – as we sow, so shall we reap.

Be Confident.
Commit to goals.
Care about yourself, others, the environment and what you do.
Be Creative.
Clear away Clutter – it’s a negative and destructive energy. Your home and office are a reflection of your mind and life. An organized life needs organized surroundings.
Have Compassion – struggles, issues and problems are part of all of our lives.

… Compassion is not religious business, it is human business. It is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability. It is essential for human survival.”

– the Dalai Lama

Do every job from the viewpoint of “How can this benefit others (or the environment, plants, animals…)?”
Dare to be Different – original people change – and rock – the world.
Have Direction and Dignity.
Be Dedicated, Devoted, Determined and Disciplined.
Have a burning Desire to succeed.

… What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win.”

– Patty Berg, record-holding professional golfer

Do something you Enjoy.
Put in the Effort.
Evaluate your plans regularly.
Expect the unexpected. No matter how much we plan, unexpected things can and do happen. Successful people deal with unexpected events appropriately, and get back on track.
Have high Emotional Intelligence – EQ. Getting along well with others is vital for long-term success and happiness.
Have Empathy.
Be Ethical and Enthusiastic.

… Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius.”

– Isaac D’Israeli, British writer and scholar, and father of former British Prime Minister Benjamin D’Israeli

Have Faith in yourself, that you can achieve, that things can improve….
Stay Focused.
Forgive yourself and others for past hurts and mistakes, and move on – the energy you’ll gain will be amazing.

Set Goals that are flexible and realistic, yet still challenging.

Be Honest.
Help others, animals, the environment….

… Our prime purpose in this life is to help others, and if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”

– the Dalai Lama

Be Inspired, Inspirational, Ingenious and Innovative.
Have Integrity.

Jump at great opportunities when they come your way.
Banish Jealousy – it’s a negative and destructive energy, so can hinder your goals.

Be Kind to yourself and others.
Keep going through tough times, set-backs and disappointments… – even the greatest in their field have tough times, yet they persist, otherwise they wouldn’t become the best of the best.

… Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”

– Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 1900s

Love what you do, and do what you Love.
Learn as much as you can about what you do, and keep on Learning throughout your life.
Let go of the past that you no longer need and create the future you desire. This includes Letting go of physical things, like unwanted household junk, as well as grudges, resentment, and so on.

Be Motivated.
Make time for fun and recreation.

Let Nothing and No one squash your spirit.

Overcome fears.
Be highly Organised.
Be Optimistic and On the look-out for new Opportunities. Don’t just sit and wait for Opportunities to come to you – go out and get them.

…To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”

– Bruce Lee, martial arts legend, philosopher, film director, film producer, actor and screen writer

Be a Positive Powerhouse! Surround yourself with Positivity – Positive People, affirmations, songs, books….
Combine Positive energy with Positive thinking, words and behavior.
Have Purpose, Passion and Patience.

…Everything in the universe has a purpose. Indeed, the invisible intelligence that flows through everything in a purposeful fashion is also flowing through you.”

– Wayne Dyer, self-help advocate, author and lecturer

Have a Plan.
Persist and Persevere.

…Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”

– Dale Carnegie, writer, lecturer and developer of many famous courses

Have regular Quiet time to re-energise your soul.

Be Reliable. Some people talk a lot about what they are going to do, but do little. Reliable people do what they say.
Be Resilient.
Take calculated Risks.
Respect yourself, others, animals, plants, the environment….

Stay on track despite distractions, set-backs…. If you steer off track, get back on as soon as you can.
Stand out from the crowd.

Put in the Time needed to succeed.
Think like a winner – focus your thoughts on success, wellness, happiness and all the other blessings of life. We can attract into our lives what we think about most.
Turn weaknesses into strengths.
Be Trustworthy.
Treat everyone how you would like to be treated – with respect and dignity.

Understand how your business works, your competitors’ work….

Regularly Visualize (imagine) being a success. Elite athletes and successful business leaders know the value of visualization. What we often imagine can come about.

Work on what you are talented at.
Have the Will to Win and the Will of a Winner.
Think Win-Win for everyone involved with your ideas.

Have the X Factor.

You have all the ingredients within you for success. You can, will and deserve to succeed. You can do it. Believe positive affirmations such as these, and You’re on Your way.

Be Zealous – have a Zest for life!

written by Nyomi Graef

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