“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
The below are the top 10 common principles of the greatest minds and most successful people around the world. According to these individuals, these principles, once applied to your everyday life, things just start to go your way.
1. Take 100% ownership of your life
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change you attitude.” - Maya Angelou
You are in control of your life and you can change anything you are not happy with. If there is anything you’re struggling with, it is in your life for you to learn something from. Once you’ve learned from it, it will go. Remember, struggles are opportunities for progress.
2. Be grateful
Be thankful for all the good is in your life, even the simple things. Do it every morning when you wake up and just before you go to sleep every night. The more you’re grateful for, the more good in your life you get to be grateful about.
3. Be mindful
Choose your response to life events - between stimulus and response there is a space. Take something in, breath, think and then respond appropriately instead of (over)reacting to a stimulus.
4. Don’t set the goal for the end result
It’s not about the end destination, it’s about the journey.
The present moment is the most important thing. Pay attention to each step you take towards your end destination. Take pride in every action that you take towards your end goal.
Don’t set the goal for the end result - set the goal for what it will make of you in achieving it. Essentially, your whole life is the journey to get you where you want to be.
5. Determine your values
“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein
Success is incredibly motivational and accomplishing your goals is definitely something amazing, but the major success is felt when you are most true to yourself. Invest in the person you are and want to be because when you’re happy with who you are no critic can hurt you; nothing can make you feel bad about yourself. When you know who you are and you’re true to it, nothing else matters.
6. Create a life purpose
Find your purpose, set a goal in life and follow it. Most people don’t achieve things in life because they don’t have a goal so they’re aimlessly drifting around without a purpose going from job to job without finding satisfaction.
Only a quarter of the population enjoy what they do, be one of them.
Make sure you’re excited about what you do every day. Life is short to live a life that doesn’t give you joy.
7. Meditate daily
It’s the opportunity to check-in and pay attention to your body, thoughts and feelings.
Meditation is about having the opportunity to calm your body and mind, so you can clear your vision and optimise your focus. It’s like developing a superpower.
8. If you can’t, then you must
Stop thinking that you cannot do it. Beliefs control us. We are what we believe, don’t doubt yourself.
You need to get out of your comfort zone to succeed. That is your opportunity for growth.
9. Appreciate failure
You will fail at some point in your life, accept it. Every failure is one step closer to success. You’ve got the take risks to achieve something greater.
Fail early, fail often, fail forward. Thomas Edison conducted 1,000 failed experiments. Did you know that? Not a lot of people do, because the 1,001st was the light bulb as we know it.
10. Work hard, be persistent and don’t quit
Your actions and work ethic must match your ambitions. There is no magic pill, organise your day and work hard towards your goals.
If you work towards mirroring someone that made it who inspires you, you work hard, put the hours in and keep consistent you will at least achieve something close to it.