The keys to success…
Start with your beliefs.
What do you believe in? Do you know where your beliefs started and how they were formed? Who in your life contributed to your beliefs, confirming your sense of who you are? Can you change your beliefs? Or question them until you understand?
Which leads us to the next link in our success keys.
You beliefs inform your thoughts.
The Bible says it well, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” from Proverbs chapter 23, verse 7.
You always have a choice of what to think, what to think about, and how you want your thoughts to be. And it really is true, if you can control or better yet, “nuture”, your thoughts on the positive side, your road to success will be so much more fun.
Don’t let someone else tell you what to think or what thoughts to keep in your head. They are your thoughts, you decide.
Turn your thoughts into words.
Practice stating your beliefs in words. And say them out loud, to yourself, to the mirror, to a video or podcast format. The more you practice your words, the easier it gets to convert beliefs, thoughts and words into your basis or foundation for success. It’s a lifelong process.
It’s also been said “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of”, an anonymous quote that’s often used to describe how your words are connected to your beliefs and your thoughts.
Words will lead you to actions.
The point is to do something. Take action, get started, act! It’s much easier to act once you have firmly embedded your beliefs, thoughts and words into your perspective. And it’s okay to start small. Small steps well done build over time. When you look back after a few days, you’ll be amazed at what you’ve accomplished.
Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Why is this important? To get you started. You can do this! Faith in yourself (belief), know what you want (thought), stated intentions (words) all lead you to this point. Go for it.
Repeat and actions turn into habits.
Once you get more comfortable with the chain of events that lead you to action, it gets easier. Easier to take that second step, easier to build actions into habits.
Habits are the evidence of your values.
Think about what you do and how you do it. These are your habits, built from your beliefs, thoughts, words and actions. Being able to see the sequence or chain at this point is how you establish your values. Even if you’re 67 years old, you can still think on and act on the building blocks of success. For me, it’s been enlightening and revealing.
And you tend not to waste any decisions or time. Or at least it feels that way. Your life becomes more focused, the road in front of you has clarity and you are well on your way.
Your values combine to create your destiny.
We are a combination of our values that are helping us to become who and what we are, or what we want to be.
And, destiny = success!
Keep in mind it’s a process. But now you have a roadmap or the keys you need to get there. When most people talk about “destiny” or “success” most of them have no idea what they mean or how to get there. Unless you start at the belief level and work through each of these keys, you’ll start, stumble and start over again.
You might stumble anyway and that’s okay, but now you have a framework for getting back up, dusting yourself off, but staying focused on the endgame. As J.R. Ward said, “Some things are destined to be — it just takes us a couple of tries to get there.”