Three Revelations That Lead to Greater Success

The following post is from Jeff of My Super-Charged Life:

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Do you want to enjoy more success?

However you define success, you likely want more of it.  You want to accomplish more of your goals.  You want to experience more favorable outcomes. And you want to see more of your intended purpose become reality.

After all, who wants to be a failure?

The key to greater success is a deeper understanding of what it takes to be successful.  In other words, you have to educate yourself in how successful people achieve what they do.

The Three Revelations for Greater Success

The whole question of who achieves success and who doesn’t has fascinated me for years.  Why do people that experience the same early upbringing go on to lead such different lives? Why does one seem happy, fortunate and fulfilled while the other seems to wallow in mediocrity at best?

Often, these individuals live in the same community, go to the same schools and sometimes even grow up in the same family.  What is it that makes one so much more successful?  At least in part, the answer to this question lies in their attitude and approach to life.

Over time, I’ve embraced three revelations that I believe explain these differences.  Why do I believe these stand out?  Because they produce radically different outcomes.  They are what separate the really successful from the wannabes.

Let’s dive in and explore the three revelations for greater success:

1.  Give Yourself Permission to Be Lousy

Successful people allow themselves to be lousy at things.  This sounds counterintuitive, so let me explain.

We are all initially beginners at any new endeavor whether it is investing, volunteering, dating or running a business.  Beginners are usually pretty bad at first.  Most people fear being lousy so much that they won’t try new things.  They avoid being a beginner.  Therefore, they never experience any new success or at least not much.  They remain stuck right where they are because leaping to new levels of success requires venturing out into the unknown where we are lousy at first.

Successful people understand this and give themselves permission to be lousy.  They certainly don’t remain a beginner very long, but they are willing to be bad at something when starting out in order to discover the success that is available just around the corner.

Put your fear aside and give yourself permission to be lousy so you can achieve success in a whole new area.  In no time, you will find yourself catapulted to new heights.  Now that my eyes are open, I see this revelation play out time and again in the lives of those around me.

2.  Own Your Path to Success

Those that are the most successful own their path to success.  What do I mean by this?  Well, I mean that we all have a unique and personal path to success.  Contrary to popular belief, you can’t just do exactly what someone else has done and expect the same results.  You are not them.  You have unique strengths and weaknesses.  You have to define your path to suit who you are.  You can borrow from others, but you have to customize it to fit you, if you want things to really work.

Successful people don’t let others tell them what to do.  They define their path to success.  Only you know what excites and inspires you. The most successful people are engaged in endeavors that they are truly and deeply passionate about.  They look forward to the alarm clock going off every morning because it is a new day to do what they love.  You only experience this level of commitment when you own your path to success.  Stop living some else’s dream and live your own.

Of course, this requires you to know what you really want.  Let me ask you, “How do you define success?  What makes you happy?”  It takes some effort to figure this out.  You have to take the time to do your homework around this and to question your own thinking.  We often have a false notion about what we want because we’ve been led in the wrong direction by television and other media. Figure out what really makes you tick and use that to create a path to success that you own.  This will help you achieve greater success.

3.  Understand You Can Create Luck

A lot of extremely successful people will tell you that they are just lucky.  They caught a few breaks that spiraled up and led to their success.  However, what they might not tell you is that you can create luck.  It is true.  In his article The Luck Factor, Richard Wiseman tells us, “A ten-year scientific study into the nature of luck has revealed that, to a large extent, people make their own good and bad fortune. The results also show that it is possible to enhance the amount of luck that people encounter in their lives.”  Did you read that?  You can improve your luck and therefore achieve greater success!

Wiseman has found through his research that some people really are luckier than others because they embrace behaviors that lead to serendipitous good fortune.  For example, he tells how one man ended up selling his business to Warren Buffet just because he happened to be walking by as a woman called out Buffet’s name on a street corner in New York.  How lucky is that?

It turns out that luck isn’t as mysterious as it seems.  Wiseman believes that successful people have honed their ability to:

  • Notice chance opportunities
  • Make lucky decisions by listening to their intuition
  • Create self-fulfilling prophesies through positive expectations
  • Adopt a resilient attitude that transforms bad luck into good.

Luck is essentially another set of skills that successful people have developed and actively use to their advantage.  You can do the same.  Learning more about this really opened my eyes.  I am actively incorporating these strategies into my life and finding that they increase my level of success.

Use These Revelations for Success

I call these principles revelations because it took me some time to grasp them and start using them to create greater success in my life.  However, I can report that they really do work.  They have helped me find new success and I know they can work for you too.  Will you give them a try?  Many successful people have understood these revelations and used them to their benefit.  You can be the next one to discover how these three principles can improve your life.

How do you define success? Do you feel successful?

Jeff Nickles writes My Super-Charged Life to help people find success and meaning in their life. He has spent many hours researching these topics and loves making it easy for others to use the wisdom he discovers. Jeff is a corporate IT Director, but also has experience as an entrepreneur, consultant, training instructor, and military officer.
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