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Principles For Success

Why are some people more successful than others?  Why do so few people make significantly more money, have better lifestyles and more satisfying relationships?

We all know highly intelligent, well educated people with substantial experience and opportunity who don’t lead very successful lives. Conversely, many of the most successful individuals have surmounted significant difficulties that would derail most people.

Most successful people have mastered 10 specific principles.  Live you life consistent with them and you will see improvements in many facets of your life.  This article covers the first principle.  See subsequent articles for the remaining 9 principles.

Principle 1:  Relentless Desire to be the Best

Having unyielding and unbending desire to be the best fuels successful people.  They are passionate about what they do and bring that energy and enthusiasm to their work each and every day.

Passion comes from thoroughly enjoying and, quite frankly, loving what you do.  Passion has driven athletes, like Tiger Woods to continually strive to improve, emotional support animal never being satisfied with their current level of performance.  It is difficult to imagine anyone having that passion or relentless desire if they are in a job  that they don’t enjoy.

I believe that you can’t realize your potential for success unless you have the desire to be the best and continually raise your own performance bar.  What if you don’t have that desire?  If you’re like most people, you accept it, become comfortable, shut down mentally and look forward to your days off.  Or, you make a decision to start doing what you really enjoy.  You ask yourself:

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Principle 2: Work Toward Accomplishing Meaningful Goals

Someone once said that success is goals and all else is commentary. The commitment to setting and then working towards accomplishing goals separates successful people from everyone else. In fact, your ability to achieve success rests with you mastering the concept of accomplishing the most important goals in your life.

The starting point to mastering goal achievement lies in your understanding of the difference between goals and wishes. Wishes are goals without plans of action. A wish is simply a goal that has no blueprint, no road map and thus no destination. To accomplish anything meaningful, you must first plan your work and then work your plan.

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Principle 3 – Optimize Your Time

What do all human beings have in common 100% of the time?. Only one thing and that is 24 hours in a day. We all have the same amount of time and can’t buy any more. It is not an overstatement to say that the only difference between successful people and everyone else is how they use their time.

I have read studies that suggest the average person wastes 30% or more of their work time through socializing, doing personal work, surfing the web and just plain procrastinating. As a result their stressed out, always behind, taking work home and feeling out of control.

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Principle 4 – Develop Success Habits

We are all creatures of habit, some beneficial and some not so beneficial. What you find with successful people is a propensity for success habits. They consciously and continually strive to add new positive habits while eliminating those that create obstacles or barriers to success.

For example, one of my favorite success habits is to read for 30 minutes, 5 days per week.  I’m not talking about reading the newspaper, sports magazines, entertainment publications, or fictional books, but rather reading something that has lasting impact on you. It could be a business book which improves your capability to do your job, a spiritual book that provides you direction and inner peace, or a motivational book that moves you.

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Principle 5 – Partner With Change

Most of us do not like change. We resist and avoid most opportunities to change. Why?  We certainly seem to have an endless supply of reasons: it’s not the right time, we like the way things are, we don’t have the money, or that is just not the way we do things around here.

Many of us are just stuck in a rut or comfort zone. Still others worry about what friends and family would think about any new change effort. Successful people understand that acceptance of change is not optional today, but it is mandatory. In fact, creating and embracing change is the mantra of highly successful people.

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Principle 6 – Build Your Self Esteem

It’s hard to imagine a successful person with low self esteem. High self esteem, on the other hand, is the foundation for success. High self esteem, feeling good about yourself, who you are and where you’re going is vital. High self esteem, that feeling of worth and value on the inside translates to a high degree of self confidence on the outside. So, self esteem and self confidence run in tandem, you can’t have one without the other.

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Principle 7 – Obstacles Point The Way

There are always obstacles on the road to success. In fact, obstacles are like beacons, they point the way to great success. Many people view obstacles as reasons to avoid success, as excuses for not trying or as justification for the status quo. This is a big mistake. For without obstacles, there can be no success.

You see, obstacles present us with a golden opportunity. Obstacles say loud and clear: you need to learn this or address that, turn right or turn left. Obstacles come to instruct us and tell us what we need to do in order to be successful. Obstacles represent temporary barriers that will eventually fall as we take action to confront them.

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Principle 8: Have Fun

Fully 70-80% of your waking hours will be spent either at work or thinking about work. That is a stiff price to pay if you’re not having any fun. Many studies suggest that over 50% of employees don’t like their jobs; in essence they are not having much fun.

Can you have a good time and still be serious about your responsibilities and results? A resounding yes, especially when you consider that you are more energized, enthusiastic and productive when you’re happy and having fun. If you want to improve your employee’s performance, start bringing a sense of fun and enjoyment to your job and workplace.

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Principle 9: Flex Your Communication Style

Many of you have or behavioral assessments such as  DISC or Meyers-Briggs. In most cases, these tools are scary accurate in assessing your communication style. Once we know our style, we can communicate that style to our team and they can then know how best to flex their style and improve their communication with us. This should solve most of our communication problems, the theory goes.

However, if we really are concerned about being a more effective communicator, then we should also be willing to flex or adapt our style. In fact, our willingness to change our behavioral style and adapt to our employee’s style will improve not only communication, but understanding of that communication. It is quite frustrating to have conversations where you think the expectations are clear and then find out later that there was a total lack of clarity and alignment.

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Principle 10: Keep It Manageable

Many of your team members are over-worked, stressed out and, it seems, doing the job of several people. They have so many priorities that it is impossible to fully focus on what really is important. Management expects everything to be done now and continually adds new tasks and projects to plates that are already overflowing.

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You might say this is the reality of the 21st. century. Multi tasking is a given and essential for success. . The true superstars are those that can handle everything and not complain while doing it.

Sounds good in theory, but reality suggest that you need to keep it manageable, keep it simple and keep it focused. Your employees need to know what is important for them to focus on right now. If you can’t answer that question for them, then you can’t be an effective leader.I sometimes joke about the statement from a manager saying that his team has 17 top 3 priorities. How can an employee know what is important and focus their energy with 17 conflicting priorities?  Your job is too focus people on 3 or 4 key areas of focus. Make it clear, simple and manageable.

Priorities can certainly change, but when adding new ones, you need to subtract old ones. Hopefully, the subtraction is the result of accomplishing or finishing that priority, but sometimes we need to reorder the areas of focus.

Answer this question:”What are the top 3 or 4 priorities I want my team to focus on now?” Write down the answer, then go to your team and ask them for their top 3-4 priorities. If they are the same, then you have done a great job in alignment and focus. If not, get them focused on the key areas.

Keep it manageable, keep it simple, keep it focused. Your people can accomplish great things, but give them the opportunity through a laser like focus on the vital few priorities that must be accomplished now. Constantly communicate those priorities and use them as your basis for interaction around results and expectations.

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