Top 6 Secrets to Creating Lasting Success
The word success denotes different things to different people. To some, it’s about amassing wealth while to the others; it’s topping the class or excelling at a game. There is no one-size-fits or definition of success, but generally, success is about achieving a specific goal.
While everybody loves success, the route to accomplishing it is often tough and uninteresting. No wonder a lot of people are always on the lookout to cut corners, they want a quick fix for there challenges. Some of these crook methods can give them their desire, but in the long run, it will not last.
Are there really secrets to achieving success? Why is it that two people do the same thing and one gained prominence and he’s celebrated worldwide and the other record little to no success? Are the successful people doing something oblivious to the underachieving? You might have pondered on these questions at one time or the other.
This article will expose you to the top 7 Secrets of achieving lasting success.
Take note that we highlight lasting success, so if you are here to see some gimmicks or quick fix, it is high time you had a rethink.
- Invest in your mind
- Think harder, work smarter
- Pay your dues
- Have success partners
- Be consistent
- Have a successor
Invest in your mind
We cannot overstate the power of the mind. Every action begins with a thought. Whatever you think about is what you are bound to bring into reality. For you to be successful, you have to be a positive thinker, focus on the positives around you. Researches have shown that an average adult has around 60,000 thoughts per day.
Naturally, it is always easier to think about negativity and the undesirables in life. Focusing on positive is hard work which needs a conscious decision. You may need to develop the habit of positive thinking. Find a way to filter out negativity from your thinking. It is a long-term process that requires strong determination to achieve.
One of the greatest tools for developing positive thinking is meditation. Meditation will help you to focus on the positives around you. Another equally important tool is the word of affirmation. When you cultivate the habit of declaring positive things about yourself, it gets registered into your subconscious mind, and then you begin to act it out consciously.
Think harder, work smarter
To quote one of the great successes of all time, Henry Ford, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” What is meant by thinking in this context is beyond the general thinking; everybody thinks, but only a few think critically, proactively and creatively.
Many problems are solved through this type of thinking, and as we all probably know, the more problems we solve, the more successful we become. Some people so much believe in hard work that they pay less attention to hard thinking. When you think harder, rather than working harder, you will work smarter. I once read a story that I found inspiring, and I will love to share with you all.
A gardener was once chopping down a huge tree, he had spent hours, and he was visibly exhausted, and apparently, he had not got half of the job done. A wise man noticed that the axe he was using in cutting the tree is blunt, so he advised the gardener to sharpen his axe. Rather than listening to the golden advice, he replied that he had no time to sit and sharpen the axe as he was bent on chopping off the tree through handwork.
Many of us are like this gardener, instead of thinking critically in devising a way to create success; we continue to work harder with no result.
Pay your dues
To every success recorded, there is a sacrifice paid. Yours might be in term of the money invested into education or the skill needed to achieve success while to others; it might be the humility to subject themselves to the tutelage of a mentor. Nobody achieves success through individual effort. The best athletes today attribute their success to their coach likewise successful business persons have a role model or a mentor they emulate.
If you want to achieve lasting success, you better find someone who has walked your intended path and have mastered the nook and crannies. For students and scholars, your dues can be in the form of the midnight candle you burn. Truth be told, there is nothing like overnight success, sometimes it takes years of investment to create what people see as an overnight success.
Have success partners
Look around you, the most successful people in the world today has people that are more or equally successful as them as their friends. Bill Gates is a great ally to Warren Buffet, Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki are good pals. Who are your friends? Someone once said, “No matter how successful you think you are, you can never be more successful than your circle of friends”.
To analyze this; look at the closest five people to you outside your family, it’s either you have a similar level of education, almost the same financial status. Iron sharpens iron; success is more accessible when you move with people that have positive impacts on your life. Your success partners are quite different from your mentors or role models; these are the people that have a direct influence on your life. They can singlehandedly affect your decision making without using force or coercion.
Success is at its peak when it occurs in succession. For you to be considered a real success, you have to churn out success consistently. Success is not a one-time event. You must have heard of one season wonders – the artists with a meteoric rise to stardom and the following year nobody hears about them again. No one will judge your achievement with a single success; you have to recreate it and do that very often.
Have a successor
Life is always about replication; success without a successor is a failure in disguise. One of the secrets of lasting success is the ability to reproduce someone like you. Until you can show someone you have positively impacted, no one will take your success seriously. Invest your time and energy in a protégé, show someone your trade, be a guide to the juniors around you.
In all honesty, there is no secret to success. Everything we have above is an open secret known to many, but the ability to judiciously put them into use will determine how successful you will be.
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