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5 Steps That You Should Take To Be Successful

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5 Steps That You Should Take To Be Successful

Recently, I just finished reading T. Harv Eker’s “Secrets of the millionaire mind”. It’s an extraordinary book which I recommend to anyone that truly wants to get rich, not only materially, but mentally and emotionally also.

The book unveils the secrets of getting rich by showing the 17 principles that make the difference between rich people and poor people. Out of the 17 principles, 3 of them caught my eye and represent the basis for 5 actionable steps that you can take in order to become successful.

a. Create your own life

T. Harv Eker notices a fundamental difference between the way in which rich people and poor people think: For rich people, life is something within their control while poor people suffer the consequences of life.

Rich people have a sense of entitlement of their lives. They feel that they have the power to control their earnings. Poor people (and the mediocre, lacking in success and purpose) feel that they have no power over the money that they make and that someone else is responsible for their lives and income. Poor people may often resent and blame others for their unsuccessful career paths or general state of unhappiness.

Step 1. Believe That You Have The Power To Become Rich and Successful

Convince yourself that you alone can be held accountable for your own success or failure. Don’t expect help from nobody, because nobody can truly help you. You are the only one that can achieve your objectives. If you can’t see the immense power that is in your hands: the power to build the life that you want to live, then you won’t ever come near becoming wealthy or successful. Jim Carrey once said that he felt rich years before actually becoming rich, this is yet more proof of how mindset plays the biggest role when talking about success.

 

5 Steps That You Should Take To Be Successful

 

Step 2. Create The Ideal Image Of Your Future

Unlike mediocre people that simply pass through life, not knowing for sure what they want out of it, every rich and successful person permanently idealizes the future, by deciding what they want to become, to achieve and to have in every aspect of their professional, financial, social and personal lives.

When you paint the ideal picture of your future, it is best that you visualize it as a true masterpiece, with yourself as the artistic genius behind it. Just as an artist has many colors at his disposal, so do you have a multitude of potential abilities and opportunities to choose from.

If you are going to project a clear and ideal vision of how your future is going to look like, you should use the well-known method of goal setting. Make sure that your objectives are S.M.A.R.T: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based.

b. Think Rich Before Becoming Rich

The second principle from Eker’s book that impressed me very much criticizes poor people for thinking “they already know”, as opposed to rich people that “constantly learn and grow”. Rich people know that there is still so much to learn, both professionally and personally, which brings us to step number three.

Step 3. Become The Right Person

That doesn’t mean that you have to change who you are at the core of your being. You have to understand that your present skill-set, level of experience and personality traits are insufficient to realize the objectives that you have set for yourself. Doing this will require you to be totally honest with yourself. You will need to leave aside your pride and see the bigger picture. It is okay not to be good at something and it doesn’t matter if you are not emotionally and mentally where you would like to be. What’s not okay is for you to be living in denial.

You must then determine what traits you must possess in order to become the best version of yourself and act in a way that reinforces the successful traits that you want to develop.

Step 4. Pay The Price

If you want to reach another level of success and financial freedom, you will have to pay the price ahead of time. Nothing worthwhile comes for free and you need to know the cost of your journey.

Planning is the first action that you take in your journey. You must be as detailed as possible with your future actions. There’s only so much that your brain can remember. You must understand that, especially when starting out,  that you will get easily distracted.

This will be your number one enemy: to stay focused on your long-term goals. It’s going to be a lot easier to stay focused when you have a detailed plan that you can go through when you are feeling confused and “not-in-the-zone”.

Following through with your plan is the most important part that sets apart the thinkers from the doers.

c. Focus on opportunities

The third principle from Eker’s book that caught my attention affirms that poor people have a tendency to focus on obstacles, whereas rich people see beyond them and focus on opportunities. To gain a better understanding of the many shortcuts, potholes and rocky roads that lie ahead of you, you have to be ready for one final step:

Step 5. Be Ready For Obstacles

You must be conscious of the fact that you will encounter many obstacles along the road to success. The higher the goals, the bigger the obstacles. You must be on guard at all times.

You might face a personal issue which will make it hard for you to function.

Laziness might creep in, a family member may get sick, somebody might demoralize you, and the list can go on and on.

This will be your test and is the proof that nothing worthwhile comes easy.

Being ready and on-guard will make it easier for you to successfully overcome obstacles, which will make you stronger as you prove that, no matter what life throws in front of you, you have the strength to keep on going.

Don’t get discouraged when you find yourself experiencing temporary failures. While the light might seem dim from time to time, you can use these moments to learn valuable things which will make you wiser and more ready to rock the road to success.

 

5 Steps That You Should Take To Be Successful

 

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Michael Schoeff is a pet product designer and entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in business development. He owns a successful business and loves to write about personal development.

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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