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Ten Keys To Success:

1) Set specific goals.

Trying to "be the best that you can be" is a laudable aspiration, but in order to actually accomplish that lofty goal you may find it helpful to first set smaller, more easily attainable mini goals, such as:

Losing 3 pounds per week,

Earning $50 more per week,

Consuming less alcohol,

or whatever incremental improvement you think you can realistically accomplish in one attempt.

2) Get started right now.

It's nice to imagine yourself improving your life, but in order to actually do it, you must first be willing to take action, and there's no better time to take action than right now.

3) Take total responsibility for your life and your level, or lack, of happiness.

Unfortunately, there are larger, negative societal forces opposing our efforts to become successful in life, but there are things we can do to help dissipate those larger abstract oppositional forces, such as completing the socially beneficial action steps outlined on the "Peace" page of this website, which you can navigate to by clicking:


After we've done what we can to try to help overcome those larger abstract obstacles, we must then take as much personal responsibility as we possibly can for the happiness, or lack of happiness, that we personally experience, because in the final summation of things, we are the ones who have to live our lives, and so we are the ones who have the most to gain, or lose by what we do, or don't do, to improve our situations. By working hard to accomplish noble objectives, we increase the likelihood that we will experience more positive outcomes, and experiences, in the future.

4) Seek out, and accept, only positive encouragement.

There will always be people, circumstances, and destructive external stimuli that appear to be trying to prevent or discourage us from achieving our goals. One way to adapt to, and overcome that opposition is to intentionally seek out people, situations, and stimuli that encourage and inspire us to keep striving to succeed, because as automobile mass manufacturing legend Henry Ford inspirationally advised:

"Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't, you're right."

5) Focus on one realistically achievable task until it is completed.

Only you know, or can determine what specific degree of aspiration you can strive towards at any particular moment. If you don't succeed at accomplishing your goal the first time you try, you might want to try dividing your objective into smaller, more easily attainable mini goals, regardless of how "simple" they may appear to be. By doing so, you might be more likely to succeed with your next attempt.

6) Only allow yourself to be influenced by people who can help you accomplish your goals.

There will always be people who have different goals than we do. It doesn't necessarily mean that they're trying to hurt you or sabotage you. They may merely be attempting to achieve a different set, or type of goals, than you are.  

Knowing who you are, what you want, and what you need to do in order to get what you want, is crucial to becoming successful, and avoiding conflicts with others who you may incorrectly perceive to be trying to hurt you or "drag you down". Most people are usually not. In most cases, people we perceive to be trying to hurt us are merely pursuing a different set of goals, so it is best to avoid or dissociate from them, in the nicest, and most courteous way possible.

7) Don't "major in minor things".

When you encounter resistance from other people in your efforts to achieve your goals, you may feel tempted to push back... but that's not very intelligent. Instead, keep your mind, and your energy working for you, rather than against you, by refusing to allow yourself to become upset, or say, or do, anything that you might later regret.

It is usually wiser to instead simply ignore people, and phenomena that you don't like, and return to contemplating your larger, overall goals for your life, which you conceived of before you divided them into the smaller, more easily achievable mini goals that you were working on accomplishing prior to the interruption, and you will likely find it easier to regain your focus, and momentum.

8) Set yourself up for success.

Sometimes it's the little things we do that prepare us to succeed, or fail in our efforts to accomplish a particular goal. For example, if you want to lose weight, when you are out grocery shopping, don't buy foods that will cause you to receive effects oppositional to those which you intended, and don't allow those foods into your living, or eating spaces.  

If you know that you want to start spending less money, leave the credit and debit cards at home, and only bring a certain, predetermined amount of cash with you when you go to the store to shop. By intelligently preparing yourself to succeed before you do anything, you'll be more likely to actually attain the goals you have determined for yourself.

9) Cultivate "tunnel vision".

When we're alone in front of a computer, at a desk, or otherwise integrated with the tools we work with to shape our chosen media of creation into the final products or services we are attempting to create, adopting a state of intensely narrowed focus of mind is often very helpful, because it allows us to concentrate on only one important task at a time. If you find that you aren't getting much accomplished, try turning off all proximal televisions and radios, and putting in a pair of earplugs, to block out all, or most extraneous noise, so that you can stay focused, and you might find yourself more effective at accomplishing your task.

And finally:

Believe in yourself, and in your ability to accomplish your goals.

Some people claim that "there are no unrealistic goals, only unrealistic time frames".

While others loftily proclaim that "whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve".

Whichever ultra optimistic paradigm you decide to adopt, try to have faith that you can actually accomplish your goals, and that your goals are worth accomplishing, and you will be much more likely to succeed.

(paraphrased from a Spanish language study guide).

The quote in Key to Success number ten advising us that "whatever a mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve" is derived from the title of the following book, written by C.E.O. W. Clement Stone, titled:

"Believe and Achieve: 17 Principles of Success":

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