These 6 steps to success were given to all of us by a man who has worked his butt off his entire life, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
The first rule or step to success is to Trust Yourself . Spend time figuring out who you are now, and who you want to be in the future. This takes time and patience, as you will not find out the “real you” overnight. It takes experiences and experimenting to figure out more about yourself. You also need to figure out what you want to do. What makes you excited the most? When you think about a business or job which one do you think about 24/7? Once you understand yourself on a deeper level, you can fully trust yourself to make the right decisions when situations arise.
This leads to the second step, and that is to Break Some Rules. People do not achieve success nor do they invent new things by following the rules. You must realize that in order to be original you have to follow a path that has not been followed before. Stray away from the norm. When you hear someone say, “dare to be different” they are essentially saying, “break some rules”. Arnold states, “I am not asking you to break the law, I am asking you to break some rules”.
Third Rule is Don’t be Afraid to Fail. Fear of failure is the biggest reason most people don’t succeed. If you force yourself to take every experience as a positive one, soon the fear of failure will diminish. Always think of the benefits of saying yes, and all the possibilities that could be lost if you say no. Thinking about the future outcome when faced with a difficult situation can help, but a great way is to approach situations with an upbeat attitude. Also, it is good to remember that failure is key to growth, and without it, you can never be successful.
Fourth Rule, Ignore the Naysayers.
You will encounter many people in your life who will reject your dreams and ideas. Forget about the naysayers. If the Wright Brothers listened to the naysayers, we wouldn’t have planes! I am sure your idea is ten times more plausible than a piece of metal partaking in the miracle of flight. Share your ideas and dreams with a select group of people and use the criticism to make your idea better. Grow from the criticism. Turn the negatives into positives. Ignore what the unoriginal tell you and follow your goals to success. If you have followed the steps above correctly, then you know that you can trust yourself to make the right decisions.
Rule number 5, Work Like Hell. This just might be the most important rule of them all. You must put yourself in a position of being slightly uncomfortable. You must make the decision to work like a horse; to sleep, eat and breathe your idea/goals. Have you heard the saying, “pain is temporary but failure lasts forever”. Take it seriously. It is important to never give up on your dreams, but realize your dreams will try to break you. You need to get back up, stay focused and work 110% everyday to accomplish your goals and be successful. Remember, the work you put in now, will pay you back in the future.
And of course step number 6, Give Something Back. The implicit happiness you will feel when giving back to your friends, family, community, state or country will greatly outweigh the amount of money you make. Never forget where you came from, and the amount of work you put in. You also need to make sure you don’t forget about the people who were there for you before you became successful. Find some way to give back to those people. Be sure to spread the wealth with people who encouraged you, or helped you grow along the way. When you become successful you will realize that money doesn’t create wealth and that you need to start focusing on your implicit happiness. Luckily the last step is what will help you be successful and happy.
These are the 6 steps to success. Follow them. Print them off and read them everyday until they become printed in the subconscious part of your mind. What part are you struggling with the most? Share below!
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-Written by Stephen Quinn