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don’t thinkThere is a saying that goes, “Success does not lie in results but in efforts.

Being the best is not so important. Doing the best is all that matters.”

This is very true.

All too often when people think of success, they think that they should be the best in their field.

Or they should have the biggest house or the flashiest car… or millions of dollars in the bank account.

Success in life goes beyond material possessions and the number in your bank account. It’s about living life to the fullest and knowing that you gave it your all. To live a life according to your own terms and with very few regrets is success.

The concepts of success are very simple. Anybody can understand them and most people do. Application of these concepts, however, is quite another story. Which explains why only the minority succeed.

1. Don’t think – Know and act.

This is without a doubt the most important tip of the lot. Success is not a coincidence but a consequence… and it’s a consequence of your actions.

The majority of people who never succeed in life invariably have one common trait. They never take action. They hem and they haw and never put their plan into action. Planning does not get results. Only doing does.

Do not keep thinking about what you’re going to do or what you will do. JUST DO! This is the key. Form a plan, do your research so that you know what you’re doing and then… EXECUTE the plan. Don’t wait, just start!

Instead of taking notes about which exercises are the best for weight loss, put on your shoes and start running. Instead of hanging out in online forums reading advice from other clueless people, take action. You can learn and learn and learn and go nowhere.

The best thing is to start doing and learn as you go. Most people are stuck in a kind of inertia where they just never get started. By consciously forcing yourself to take action, you’ll attenuate this ‘lethargy and inertia’ that’s holding you back. This and only this will catapult you to success.

 

Bill Gates’s Top 10 Rules For Success



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2. Define your goals clearly

You must know what you want. If you’re undecided about your goals and have a flippant attitude about how you’re going to achieve them, you will be like a sailboat without any course that’s just tossed around by the prevailing winds.

Write your goals down in a list. Make them as specific as you can. State why you want to achieve them and how you’ll feel when you do reach your goals. You must define your ‘why’ and be absolutely clear about it. Give yourself a time frame to achieve your goals.

Look at your list often so that you remember what you need to do… and then go do what you have to do so that you can see success and then be able to do what you want to do.

3. Don’t rest on your laurels

rest on your laurelsThis is a very common mistake that can turn a successful person into a failure.

If the phrase ‘Resting on your laurels’ you could be summarized in one word, that word would be COMPLACENCY.

There are so many examples of people who did succeed at what they set out to do and once they got there, they were so happy and contented that they relaxed and assumed that things would always be rosy.

After a while, they realized that while they were ‘resting’, the roses wilted and the weeds took the garden.

You must always be alert.

If you’ve lost all your excess fat and you have a fantastic body now, that’s great. Enjoy it and be proud of yourself… BUT… do not assume that you’ll stay lean forever.

If you let your diet slide and sneak in a doughnut here and a milkshake there, it’s only a matter of time before all those pounds come sneaking back in. Next thing you know, you’re fatter than you’ve ever been before.

The same applies to your spouse. Give them the same attention that you did before you married. If you let that slide and think you closed the deal by tying the knot, it’s just a matter of time before you’ll be signing the divorce papers.

Always keep moving. A rolling stone gathers no moss.

4. Constantly motivate yourself.




This is of paramount importance.

Everyone is excited at the beginning of the year when they’re listing their goals and resolutions because of the promise of what is to come.

The truth of the matter is that it will take time to achieve your goals.

During this time, your interest will start to wane and you will lose the drive to keep going through the hard yards.

This is where most people throw in the towel and fail. They’ve lost sight of the promise.

The key to staying on track with your goals and succeeding in life is motivation.

Do not abnegate your personal responsibility of motivating yourself. Nobody else is going to do it for you.

You could attend a seminar by some famous motivational guru and be pumped up for a week… but you can rest assured that the ‘high’ will dissipate.

What then? Who is going to motivate you?

The answer is you… because you’re all you’ve got. Write your goals down and most importantly, write down why you’re doing what you’re doing. What is the emotional reason behind it? Write it all down.

Whenever you feel like the journey is just too much effort, look at your list of goals and ask yourself why you started. This should give you the impetus to keep going. Still not motivated? Write it all down again… and again… and again.

You MUST motivate yourself often!

5. Don’t be afraid of failure.

afraid of failureAlways realize that failure is not the opposite of success.

It is a part of success.

Far too many people never do what their heart desires because they’re stifled by fear.

The lady who loves art chooses a career in finance because of job security.

She hates her job and is miserable all her life.

The man who wants to travel the world and blog about his experiences as a global wanderer ends up tying the knot at 24 and has 2 kids because all his friends are getting married and settling down.

It just seems crazy and immature to do what he wants to. Years later he’ll look back and wonder… “What if?”

Don’t end up in a “What if?” situation. You’ll find success if you pursue your true calling in life and not turn them into lost opportunities just because you were trying to be practical or following the herd.

You must follow your heart and your dreams without fear of failure. That’s the only way to live a life without regret. You can’t succeed at what you don’t do.

In the event that you do pursue your dreams and fail repeatedly, don’t let these failures discourage you. Fall seven times, get up eight.

The difference between the winners and losers is that the winners failed more and kept going. Learn from each failure, correct your course and keep moving forward. This is the only way to succeed and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

6. Don’t compare yourself to others.

This is a simple one. Stop worrying about what others are doing. It’s human nature to measure one’s self against others.

Guys at the gym see who can bench press more or who has bigger muscles.

Women tend to judge other women’s bodies very harshly just to feel better about themselves.

Businessmen compare their earnings and net worth with their peers to feel superior and wealthier.

None of these is necessary. There’s no point in comparing yourself with anyone because there will always be those who are better off than you… and there will be those who are worse off. So, it’s pointless to compare.

If you constantly measure yourself up against those better than you, you’ll be bitter, discontented and miserable. That’s no way to live life.

If you compare yourself against those who’re worse off, you’ll not be motivated to do better for yourself since you already think that you’re a success… and this will lead to complacency. If you’ve been following this guide so far, you know what happens when you rest on your laurels.

So, your personal motto should always be to better your own personal best. You are your biggest competition. Always strive to be better today than you were yesterday.

If you focus on beating your own achievements, you will reap success over and over. Your only limit is you.

7. Keep your calm.

keep calmWe live in a world where the majority of people are very quick to react.

They’re either waiting to get offended or curse and swear at their current situation.

In Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’, his very first line was “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you,”… “Yours is the earth and everything that’s in it.”

In simple words, do not be quick to anger or become overly emotional.

Do not make decisions based on haste or fury.

Millions of people have been to prison because they lost their minds for a split second and did something they regretted.

Extricate yourself from any unfavorable situations so that you can keep a level head. If you’re struggling to lose weight and give in to temptation and eat something you shouldn’t have, don’t curse yourself and give up on your goal.

In times of failure, take a deep breath and stay focused. Analyze what went wrong and remedy what you can. Don’t run around screaming and blaming everyone else. If you truly want to be successful in life, reining in your emotions and staying cool is a skill you must have.

The same boiling water that softens potatoes hardens eggs. It’s all about what you’re made of, not your circumstances.

8. Eat, sleep and spend in moderation.

This may sound simple but millions fail at it. Eat clean and eat in moderation. Food is fuel, not therapy. So many people eat when they’re happy, they eat when they’re sad, they eat when they’re bored… It just doesn’t end.
Eat only when you’re hungry. It’s fine to occasionally indulge but know your limits. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions because of poor diet choices and overeating.

Sleep soundly but don’t sleep your life away. 6 to 8 hours of sleep a day is fine. Do not sleep 14 hours a day like a baby. At the other extreme, try not to burn the candles at both ends and leave yourself in a quivering mass of exhaustion because you’re only sleeping 4 hours a day.

Spend your money wisely. One of the most common traits of successful people is that they save their money. Do not spend money that you do not have to buy things that you do not need to impress people who do not care. Save your money diligently.

While these 3 pointers might seem commonplace and almost inane, you’d be shocked to know that millions have ruined their lives just by not getting these three points right.

People who have eaten themselves into disease number by the millions. Just as many people waste precious hours by keeping poor sleeping habits so that they need many more hours of sleep just to feel rested. Then there are the millions more who are in debt, bankrupt or in financial stress from poor spending decisions.

This is the real world and these are hard truths. To succeed in life, you must master yourself.

9. Keep your promises to yourself.

keep your promisesThis is something that many people are unaware of.

When you make a promise to yourself and you don’t keep it, on a subconscious level you’ll lose respect for yourself.

You’ll feel like you’re not worth of yourself.

One common example is people who struggle to lose weight.

They have the same weight loss resolutions every year and they never succeed.

They try a hundred different programs and thousand different slimming pills and whatever they do, weight loss eludes them.

The reason for this is that they break their promises to themselves. If you say that you’ll not drink sodas today, then you don’t. Do NOT make an exception and tell yourself, “It’s ok. I’ll work it off tomorrow.”

Yes, you can work it off but you broke a promise to yourself. The next time you tell yourself, I’ll restrict my carbohydrate intake today, on a subconscious level your mind will tell you, “No, you won’t. You always give in.”

And guess what? By noon you’ll give in and have 2 slices of pizza.

When this process is repeated over and over… it becomes a habit. You tell yourself one thing and you do another. You then feel unworthy and blame yourself.

You decide that the ideal bodyweight is just not possible for you. You tell yourself that you have poor genes, no discipline, etc. It all starts with the exceptions.

Always remember. Do not make the exceptions. Do not skip the workouts. Do not indulge in foods that you said you wouldn’t. Stay focused and exercise self-discipline. Keep your promises!

10. Believe and have faith in yourself.

In order to succeed in life or business, you must believe that you can do it. If you didn’t, you’d never start. You must believe that whatever you desire is within reach. After all, if it wasn’t, why bother?

So believe it and you’ll see it. Have faith in yourself. There may be times when you’re dogged by failure and nothing seems to work. It’s during these times that it’s imperative that you do NOT give up.

It is always darkest before the dawn. If you stay on track and keep at it success will be yours.

Conclusion
These 10 tips are simple to understand and you’ve most probably heard them before. Yet, you’re still reading this because on a subconscious level, you know it helps to see them again.

Keep these tips in mind at all times and apply them over and over.

Initially, it may be difficult and you’re bound to fumble and flounder… but with practice and repetition, it will become second nature and you will be a living embodiment of success.

 

 

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